About 8 years ago, my business partners at Blue Sky and I had a number of meetings to discuss designing a new series of studio monitors. After much debate, we decided there was little point in building another set of “me too” monitors, in the typical 5”, 6” and 8” 2-way configurations. What we felt was needed was a different approach that overcame some of the limitations of current monitors and provided tangible real world benefits to the recording engineer.
So where did we begin?
When creating the requirements for Blue Sky’s nearfield and mid-field studio monitors, we decided to start at the end of the chain and work backwards to the beginning.
Over the last 25 years audio technology has changed and improved dramatically. 25 years ago, people in their homes were listening to scratchy vinyl records and watching movies on analog cable or VHS, in mono. The speakers they used were what came built into their TV, or at best, stereo 2-way ported bookshelf speakers. In their cars, they had a choice of AM radio, FM radio, cassette tapes, or eight track tapes, which were played through 6 x 9 speakers with whizzer cones. Back then the typical 2 way studio monitor was much better than what the typical consumer had available to them for playback.