Monitor isolation pads are pads that decouple the monitor from the surface. These devices are made of dense acoustic foam and metal spikes on which the speakers rest. The pads isolate the monitor from the stand making sure that the speaker operates in an independent way with no additional vibration. In addition, they also prevent the transmission of vibrations into the stand, which can cause interference and unwanted resonance. Both music producers and sound engineers have a wide variety of devices to decouple the monitor from the surface.
A Description of Monitor Isolation Pads
Physically, the manufacturers ideally fill the stands with sand; that’s their design. The reason is that sand increases the mass and minimizes unwanted resonance. The sound travels through the stand, goes into the floor, and reaches the body. This process happens fairly fast. Both foam and spike decouplers are inexpensive and have an extremely positive effect on the overall monitor performance.
Some of Its Uses
Nowadays, people in the music industry use monitor isolation pads in recording studios. In fact, they have gained such popularity they are now vital improvements. That is, you can’t miss them. These pads tend to sit under monitors and absorb the vibrations before they reach the stand or the floor. When a vibration is produced, the movement generates a false low-frequency. This is what makes it impossible to judge the mix accurately.
Some manufacturers have developed high-quality monitor isolation pads that let the user position their studio monitors at a specific angle. By doing this, they are able to define the central mix position in a more accurate way. These isolation pads typically include two separate pieces, with a four-degree angle each. This specific position allows the user to tilt the monitor at different angles, being +/-4 degrees, and +/-8 degrees the most common ones.