Are you arranging a party at your place and don’t have professional speakers?
But do you have studio monitors?
Then you must be thinking, “Can you use studio monitors for parties?”
If you are looking for an answer to this question, you are at the right place.
Firstly, you need to understand what studio monitors are made for and what is their specialty.
Studio monitors are basically designed for places where loud music is not really necessary.
Their specialty is producing true and accurate sound.
They don’t modify the sound thus they don’t amplify it.
Moreover, they don’t produce bass too.
You might have gotten your answer that you shouldn’t use studio monitors for parties.
But it also depends on the kind of party you are organizing.
Let’s talk in detail about it!
Studio Monitors for Small Gig
If you call a small gathering of 2-3 friends or less than 6 friends a party and you want to use studio monitors for such a party, then you may be able to enjoy it with studio monitors on such a party.
But even for such a party, there are a few factors that you should keep in mind.
Let's talk about them!
1. How Much Noise They Produce!
If your friends are too loud and they shout and run and just do everything silly they can do then a studio monitor might not be enough for such a gathering.
On the other hand, if your friends are quiet and don’t scream and shout, then you might be able to cover it all up using a studio monitor.
2. You Friends’ Preferences
If your friends like loud music that is loud enough to tear their eardrums (not really, never do that) then studio monitors aren’t good for a party of such people.
On the other hand, if your friends are allergic or dislike loud music and only want soft music in the background while they drink and talk with you then studio monitors might just be the thing for you all.
3. Bass or No Bass
Bass is an important part of any music especially if you plan to enjoy and dance on some.
Mostly songs that you play to dance on have heavy bass.
But it is not always the case.
Not everyone likes heavy bass and loud music.
Some people like to keep it light.
If your friends don’t like heavy bass then you might be able to use studio monitors when they are at your place.
But if your friends love trance music and edms with heavy bass then studio monitors won’t be able to give them the kind of sound quality that they might be looking for.
4. Age Factor
The age of your friends also determines the kind of music they would like to hear.
Not to stereotype, but we all know that most of the old age people don’t like loud music.
They prefer soft music.
Moreover, aged people don’t speak loudly too.
So, for such people, studio monitors can work out.
5. Other Factors
Lastly, if someone among your friends has a heart disease, you shouldn’t be playing loud music with heavy bass.
So, for that reason, you can use studio monitors.
Studio Monitors for Large House Parties
You should not be using studio monitors for a party of more than 6 people under any case.
It is because you won’t be able to overcome their voices with an ordinary studio monitor.
Your party will just be ruined.
Here is my recommendation for best speakers for house parties.
Let's find out reasons why you shouldn’t be using a studio monitor for large gatherings!
1. No Chance of Loud Music
If you use a studio monitor for more than 6 people, there is no chance you can keep the music loud enough to overcome their voices.
Even at the maximum settings of the studio monitor, the music won’t be loud enough.
If you plan on having a blast of a party, studio monitors won’t be able to give you that.
Studio monitors are best to use alone, with a few people or for other such areas where too loud of a music is not required.
But at a party of a lot of people making noises and shouting everywhere, you can’t use studio monitors.
Loud music also comes with heavy bass.
Heavy bass sounds nice with loud music and enhances the sound quality of it.
You can’t achieve such a sound quality with studio monitors.
2. People Won’t Enjoy
If you are hosting a party, your goal must be to make people enjoy their time.
If you are a DJ, you would love to make people dance at your party.
But this can only be achieved by loud music with heavy bass and good sound quality.
All these things can’t be produced through a studio monitor.
So, if you want people to enjoy your party, you should try something else like a PA system.
You Can Blow Your Studio Monitors
If you put your studio monitors at the maximum sound setting for too long, you might blow them up.
This way, you will waste the studio monitors and won’t be able to use them at your home as well when you are alone.
At a party, loud music is required.
But as mentioned above, too loud music on a studio monitor can blow them up.
For that reason, you should use some other system that includes a loudspeaker in it so that you can play loud music without worrying about your speakers blowing up.
Here is an article I wrote showing you about blowing your speakers.
It is very clear now that you should not use studio monitors at a large gathering especially if you want the music to be too loud.
Even in small gatherings, studio monitors can be hard to work with but it depends on certain factors.
Moreover, studio monitors are best to be used alone and for places where you don’t need loud music.
At the end, the conclusion is that it is better to use some other system at a party; a system that includes a loudspeaker with it.
Otherwise, your speakers might blow up and go to waste.