Songs of Summer 2022: Spotify predict the most-streamed songs of the next few months

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Spotify dive through their stats combined with prior knowledge to predict which songs will be on repeat over the next three months.

As usual, Spotify’s music editorial team have revealed their predictions for the Songs of Summer 2022. Saying in a blog post “our curation teams pay attention to a number of factors, including the track’s current trajectory and cultural impact, combined with forecasting based on prior years’ knowledge of what tends to pop throughout the summer.”

This year’s hottest new tracks span genres and moods, including hip-hop, Latin, pop, country, indie, dance and more. In alphabetical order, here are the predicted top 20 Songs of Summer 2022.




Big Energy

by Latto







Last Last

by Burna Boy



Ojitos Lindos

by Bad Bunny (feat. Bomba Estéreo)


Potion

by Calvin Harris (with Dua LipaYoung Thug)


PROVENZA

by KAROL G




Sunroof

by Nicky Youredazy


SUPERMODEL

by Måneskin


The Dress

by Dijon


WAIT FOR U

by Future (feat. DrakeTems)


Stay on top of the latest Songs of the Summer, with charts published every Wednesday, starting tomorrow, over on @SpotifyCharts on Instagram and Twitter.


Spotify highlighted a number of other trends they’ve spotted recently. According to the music streaming platform, since the meme went viral in 2019, there are now nearly 170,000 “hot girl summer” user-generated on Spotify worldwide.

In more recent surges or popularity, “feral girl summer” playlists have grown more than 320% in the past three months, with some of the top-added songs being “Psycho” by Maisie Peters, “Get Into It (Yuh)” by Doja Cat, “Thot Shit” by Megan Thee Stallion, “I Did Something Bad” by Taylor Swift, “Promiscuous” by Nelly Furtado (feat. Timbaland), and “Act Up” by City Girls.

Searches for “coconut girl summer” rose by nearly 950% this year. Some of the top-added songs include “Island in the Sun” by Weezer, “Diet Mountain Dew” by Lana Del Rey, “Santeria” by Sublime, “Malibu” by Miley Cyrus, and “Could You Be Loved” by Bob Marley & The Wailers.

“Dirty shirley” user-generated playlists have seen a 95% spike in average daily plays over the past month. Finally, average daily plays of “coastal grandmother” related playlists have seen nearly a 5,000% rise in popularity over the last month.

The Ultimate Coastal Grandmother Track List
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How to stream Apple’s WWDC 2022 for free

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Apple are just a few hours away from their annual Worldwide Developers Conference. What can we except and how can you stream it?

As usual, Apple aren’t giving away any hints of its upcoming WWDC, but we can make a few guesses based on past events. Every year, WWDC shows off a preview of the latest Apple software. This evening we’ll see demos of the following, before publicly dropping in the fall:

  • iOS 16
  • iPadOS 16
  • macOS 13
  • watchOS 9
  • tvOS 16

While the conference always primarily focuses on software, occasionally we also see a number of hardware products announced or released. For example, three years ago at WWDC we saw the 2019 Mac Pro announced, before the release later in the year. Two years ago, Apple began their predicted two-year transition away from Intel chips and towards their own silicon. Apple has now introduced the M-series chips in all of their computers, except the Mac Pro. Alongside a redesigned Mac Pro, we could also see updated Macs with the M2 chips, such as a redesigned MacBook Air, Mac mini, etc. Finally, maybe, just maybe Apple will show off their long-rumoured AR/VR headset, though don’t hold your breath on that one.

How to watch WWDC 2022 online

WWDC will be live streaming the event today (Monday 6th June) at 10am PT, 1pm ET and 6pm UK time. Watch it on apple.com, on the Apple TV app or on YouTube. Apple are holding various sessions, labs, lounges and more online throughout the week. Full details here.

Tencent Music and NetEase Cloud Music are growing in paying users faster than Spotify

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Leading Chinese music streaming services Tencent Music and NetEase Cloud Music both added more paying users in Q1 2022 than Spotify.

Many markets in Asia have seen booming music streaming figures, largely from ad-supported listeners, which generally pay artists far less than paid services. Q1 2022 saw both of the dominating music streaming services in China, Tencent Music with streaming apps QQ Music, Kugou Music and Kuwo Music, as well as rivals NetEase Cloud Music, significantly grow in paying online music users.

It should be noted, that China’s paying online music users are not the same as Spotify Premium subscriptions. Tencent Music for example define their paying users as those on music streaming subscriptions as well as those downloading paid-for releases. NetEase Cloud Music has two subscription tiers. 8 RMB per month gets subscribers limited offline downloads, while 18 RMB per month offers higher-quality music and unlimited offline downloads.

The latest financial results from Tencent Music revealed 4.0 million new paying music users since last quarter, increasing by 19.3 million users year-over-year, for a total of 80.2 million users. NetEase Cloud Music’s Q1 2022 results showed 7.8 million new paying music users quarter on quarter, increasing by 12.4 million since the same quarter last year, for a total of 36.7 million paying users.

Spotify on the other hand grew by 2 million paying customers (despite cutting off the billing for 1.5 million subscribers in Russia). While Spotify hold more total Premium subscribers than Tencent and NetEase combined, Spotify’s slower growth could see these figures change in the future.

Music Business Worldwide put together the graph above. NetEase’s absence in some areas is due to only being listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange in Q4 last year.


China’s far lower subscription costs resulted in a different story as far as revenue for the three platforms is concerned. MBW laid out the following stats:

  • According to Spotify’s Q1 2022 results, its Premium subs business generated €2.379 billion (USD $2.67bn) in the quarter, up 23% YoY;
  • Spotify’s the average paying Premium customer (ARPU) in this quarter shelled out €4.38 (USD $4.91) per month;
  • According to Tencent Music’s latest results, its ‘online music services’ revenue fell 4.8% YoY in Q1, to USD $413 million. Within that figure, some USD $314 million came direct from streaming subscriptions, up 17.8% YoY;
  • Tencent Music’s Average Revenue Per Paying Music User (ARPPMU) per month in the quarter was RMB 8.3 (approximately USD $1.31);
  • According to NetEase Cloud Music’s latest results, its ‘online music services’ generated RMB 884.8 million (USD $140m) in Q1, up 16.5% YoY. Within that figure, RMB 710.2 million (USD $112m) came from music streaming subscription specifically;
  • The average NetEase Cloud Music streaming subscriber paid RMB 6.4 (USD $1.01)monthly in Q1, says NetEase.

Find the full deep dive into Tencent Music and NetEase Cloud Music’s Q1 2022 results on Music Business Worldwide here.


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Rival music streaming services Tencent and NetEase launch a music sharing feature in WeChat

Chinese music streaming service NetEase Cloud Music and Chinese messaging app, owned by Tencent, WeChat team up to launch a new feature.

The music streaming market in China is dominated by two companies, NetEase with NetEase Cloud Music and Tencent Music with apps like QQ Music. Now, despite their past conflicts, Tencent owned messaging app WeChat are allowing NetEase Cloud Music streamers to share music to WeChat using the status sharing feature.

Previously only available to QQ Music users, those on NetEase Cloud Music version 8.7.51 or above can now share any song, except “exclusive” tracks for VIP members only, to the messaging app.


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Spotify Podcasts vs. Apple Podcasts – There’s a third more popular podcast platform in the U.S.

A new report claims there’s another player that could be larger than both Spotify and Apple for podcasts in the U.S.

Back in November, Spotify claimed to take Apple Podcasts’ lead as the most popular podcast platform in the U.S. “Spotify is now the #1 podcast platform U.S. listeners use the most, according to Edison Research and our own internal data”.

The new report comes from U.S. radio group Cumulus Media and research firm Signal Hill Insights. The survey asks listeners what platform they use the most for podcasts. 24.2% report using YouTube, while 23.8% use Spotify and Apple Podcasts come in at 16%. These three platforms currently account for 64% of podcast listening in the U.S, up from 55% in 2019. Of course, being survey-based, this isn’t an exact science, as neither Spotify or Apple release public podcast statistics, plus defining what is and what isn’t a podcast on YouTube would be tricky (i.e. podcast clips?).

How YouTube, Spotify and Apple Podcasts stack up
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Forgotten perhaps as they don’t have a podcast app or feature per se. Rather, the survey suggests millions of casual podcast lovers head to YouTube to watch podcast videos. Whether there’s a video of the presenting chatting or just a static cover image, many have the video on in the background while going about their day.

Watching or listening to podcasts on YouTube
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Castion lands the cover of Twitch’s HypePls playlist

Castion, under label Bass House Music (distributing through RouteNote), gets his songs and face on Soundtrack by Twitch’s HypePls playlist.

Twitch’s licensed music library for creators to use in their live streams, Soundtrack by Twitch, features the Spanish DJ and electronic music producer. Castion is the new cover of HypePls, the playlist to “Kick your stream into high gear with these exhilarating electronic bangers.” The 50 songs playlist also features three of Castion’s hits, “Prophecy”, “Take Me Higher” with Crusy, and “History (Castion Remix)” by Asketa & Natan Chaim, and Ni/Co.

Castion isn’t the first RouteNote artist/label who has landed the featured spot on one of Twitch’s playlists. Past additions include Ducka Shan, Arc North and ZOOTAH. Much like Spotify’s editorial playlists, getting your tracks on one of Twitch’s playlists can be a huge boost in streams, with potentially millions of viewers hearing your song in the next big stream.

Find HypePls on Soundtrack by Twitch here, or listen on Spotify below.


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You can make money on Spotify with rebranded Fan Support feature

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Where have Artist Fundraising Picks gone on Spotify? Never fear, they’ve just been replaced with Fan Support.

“Tip jar” for artists Artist Fundraising Pick on Spotify has been officially renamed Fan Support. The streaming platform says the name change reflects the shift in how artists are using the feature to earn money on Spotify.

Spotify’s Artist Fundraising Pick was launched in 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to allow listeners to donate to a charitable cause displayed on a Spotify artist’s profile. As artist incomes were squeezed by restrictions on live events, many artists also used their Pick to ask for monetary support from their fans.

To date fans have clicked through on the links over 50 million times. Spotify says of the 200,000 artists previously using a Fundraising Pick the vast majority use it to ask for contributions from fans towards their career, with the remaining 10% raising money for charity.

Artists are clearly in need of the feature that offers both a way for them to earn some extra cash and also gives fans a chance to show their appreciation beyond streaming new releases and listening again to old favourites.

In a statement, Spotify said: “With Fan Support, fans have an opportunity to directly support the artists they love and also get behind causes that artists care about most. At the same time, artists have the flexibility and freedom to respond to the world around them, welcoming fan tips one week and rallying them around a global cause the next.”


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Roblox Kpop park launches on Spotify Island experience

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Spotify is now on Roblox with its Spotify Island experience, where fans and artists can meet in virtual form – and there’s now an area dedicated to K-pop.

Spotify has created a virtual universe on Roblox, teaming up with the gaming platform to make its own experience, Spotify Island. The first theme is K-Park, an experience within the space themed around K-Pop, including Kpop Roblox games and a music-maker.

Spotify Island is the first of a series of areas that Spotify says will appear throughout the year. Within the network of islands will be music-themed games, themed experiences and the chance for fans to interact with artists.

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The first “themed experience” is the K-Park area, dedicated to the K-Pop genre. Stray Kids and SUNMI are the first artists to feature.

Players can make K-pop beats at the Soundtrap station. There’s food-themed elements like the Bubble Tea waterfall and K-Café where users can meet other fans, as well as games including the Rainbow Boba Straw.

What is Roblox? Roblox is a free online universe where users can hang out together in a virtual space and play games. Within the platform, there’s the potential for music artists to connect with fans remotely, appearing as avatars, playing virtual shows and hanging out with fans in backstage areas.

Spotify says any profits through virtual merchandise will go straight back to the artists. In the past, Roblox has seen virtual concerts by a range of artists such as Lil Nas X, 24KGoldn, and Royal Blood. During the pandemic, these sorts of live streamed virtual experiences were especially helpful for artists who couldn’t connect with fans in person.

What links the island to Spotify? The branding is there – users can collect the Spotify “Like” button in exchange for merch for their avatar. Players can collect points and climb to the top of “The Charts.”

Players also create music using virtual beat-making stations within the island, with beats provided by Soundtrap, Spotify’s online DAW. Gamified music creation is already popular on Roblox, including the Splash world in which players use AI-powered tools to make and perform live music.

Check out the island here, and stream a themed Spotify playlist below:


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Check out this new R&B release from hip hop music artist Jeffrey Oliver

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We love to shout about brand new music distributed through RouteNote. Listen to “Not My Friends,” the new release from hip hop and R&B artist Jeffrey Oliver, released by Losertown.

Jeffrey Oliver is confident fans will be pleasantly surprised with his new sound heard in brand-new single “Not My Friends,” out today on Spotify and major platforms from Losertown, and distributed by RouteNote.

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“Not My Friends” features vocals that draw on his own experiences, over an alternative R&B hip hop type beat.

Oliver gained loyal fans from releasing emo-rap songs, including the wildly popular “No Time,” which currently has 1 million streams on Spotify. The new song “Not My Friends” is the first time fans will have heard Oliver’s new sound.

A Swedish artist and producer, Oliver has over 32,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. “Not My Friends” marks a new direction for Oliver, moving away from emo-rap, but keeping the same sincere lyrical style as previous tracks.

Stream “Not My Friends” here! And watch out for the official music video, dropping soon.


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Top affordable studio monitors for professional music-making

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Near field monitors present little details that we may not notice in our headphones. But professional speakers often have high prices, so affordable studio speakers allow beginners to dip their toes in.

Studio monitors, otherwise known as near field monitors or reference monitors, are the best friend of music producers and artists. Unlike consumer-grade speakers which are often passive like hi-fi, studio monitors are active. Active speakers have an internal amplifier whereas passive systems draw power from an external one. Another difference is that amplification comes after the crossover splits the frequencies into different bands for the drivers. As a result, the reproduction of the signal is far more accurate to an original signal than passive systems – where the amplification occurs before the frequency split – which makes them perfect for monitoring your music.

Bigger drivers may allow for more volume, but that doesn’t mean small studio monitors are redundant. On the contrary, cheap near field monitors will inevitably give you a taste for detailed sound reproduction. And it’s likely that your studio is only a small space – where smaller near field monitors are an optimal choice. However, unless the monitors you choose have RCA inputs then you will need to invest in an audio interface. Though headphones are useful, powered near field monitors allow you experience the full soundstage – from stereo width to immersive depth – of your music.


1. M-Audio BX5 D3 – the best affordable studio monitors for home recording

  • $276
  • Frequency response: 52 Hz to 35 kHz
  • High-frequency tuning options
  • Rear resonance port
  • One-inch silk-domed tweeter
  • Five-inch woven Kevlar woofer
  • Crossover: 2.5 kHz
  • Input sensitivity: -10 dBu
The M-Audio BX5 D3 studio monitors are the best affordable reference monitors.
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Fans of the M-Audio BX series will notice the similarities between the D3’s and previous models. For example, the D3’s one-inch silk-domed tweeter and five-inch woven Kevlar woofer are both inherited from the previous BX5’s. We think the M-Audio BX5 D3 studio monitors are the best near field monitors for small budgets thanks to their build and tuning options.

Both the woofer and tweeter are magnetically shielded, and the rear bass port enhances the projection of low-end without straining the speaker driver. Also on the back of the speaker sits a variety of controls and inputs. These include a Volume control, both XLR and 1/4″ jack inputs, and settings for adjusting the output of low end (Flat, -2dB and -4dB) depending on the acoustic space and positioning of monitors. What’s special about the BX5 D3s is that you can connect both the XLR and 1/4″ jack inputs simultaneously.

The M-Audio BX5 D3 monitors have TRS and XLR inputs and present high frequency tuning options too.
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Like with previous models, the bass port does hype frequencies a little too much. Therefore you may find you’ll have to use the -2dB Acoustic Space setting.

M-Audio has upgraded the onboard Class AB bi-amplification. Now, the woofer receives 60 Watts and the tweeter 40 Watts – with the frequency crossover at 2.5kHz. Around the woofer and tweeter is a ring of rubber, just like previous models too. The tweeter, though, has seen a bit of an upgrade. It’s got a new and improved tweeter waveguide which allows for a broader dispersion of sound. As a result, the listening sweet spot is wider.


2. KRK Classic 5 – the best studio monitors for electronic music production

  • $269
  • Frequency response: 46 Hz- 34.5 kHz
  • High and low-frequency tuning options
  • Front-resonance port
  • 1″ textile soft dome tweeter
  • 5″ glass aramid composite woofer
  •  0 dBu
The KRK Classic 5's are the best studio monitors for electronic music production.
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The Classic 5 monitors have a 5-inch woofer that does deliver some solid bass. A slight flaw is that the mids do lack ever so slightly, but the soft dome tweeter does give a crisp high end that sounds fantastic. The woofers and tweeters themselves are made with high-density foam pads that isolate the sound from the surface. The monitors are also bi-amplified with an automatic limiter to help prevent blowouts. They feature a low resonance enclosure, so you get a cleaner sound.

Though the mids do lack slightly, this won’t matter too much when you’re just starting out. It’s unlikely that you’ll be mixing complicated music with a lot of tracks. But if you find that the lack of mids is holding you back, you can get yourself some studio headphones for a reference. With these two tools, you’ll notice all the little details that matter. With that said, using both studio monitors and professional-grade headphones is always a good idea if you want a professional mix.

The KRK Classic 5 monitors have XLR, RCA and TRS inputs. Both high and low frequency tuning options are available too.
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Furthermore, on the rear are both high and low-frequency controls for adjusting the sound depending on your acoustic space like the D3s. Inputs include 1/4″ jack, XLR, and RCA connections. So the Classic 5’s are great for musicians, producers, and DJs!


3. JBL 305P MKII – best studio monitors for a good listening sweet spot

  • $298
  • Frequency response: 43 Hz – 24 kHz
  • High-frequency tuning and boundary EQ
  • Rear resonance port
  • Patented Image Control Waveguide for detailed imaging and a broad, room-friendly sweet spot
The JVL 305P MKII monitors have JBL's Patented Image Control Waveguide for detailed imaging and a broad, room-friendly sweet spot.
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In the 305P MKII, JBL’s own patented Image Control Waveguide allows for a wider listening spot than other studio monitors – especially at this price point.

Moreover, the low-frequency response offers more low-end than previous models so over-compensating in the mix stage is less likely. Like with the Mackie’s, using headphones as a reference will help you in this mission too. However, when it comes to sound quality JBL has included technology they have previously developed for their higher-end studio monitors. The double-flared port allows for more precise projection of low-end without straining the woofer as just one example. Despite this, you may notice a slight hiss while playing music at lower volumes. It isn’t uncommon for studio monitor drivers to give a slight hiss, but at higher volumes, you won’t notice it.

The 305P MKII monitors have both TRS and XLR inputs. A Boundary EQ allows you to adjust the output level depending on your space, and high frequency tuning is available too. You can also adjust the input sensitivity by +4 or -1- dBv.
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The JBL 305P can reach a maximum output of 108dB. That’ll be plenty loud in a small studio, but it’ll suit medium-sized studios too. In a bigger sized room studio, a subwoofer will be a good idea – just be sure to turn it off when you’re mixing mids and highs. But a better option for bigger studios may be looking at 8-inch studio monitors rather than 5-inch ones.


4. Mackie CR4-X – most affordable studio monitor speakers

  • $149.99
  • Frequency response: 65Hz – 20kHz
  • Rear resonance port
The Mackie CR4-X's are the most affordable studio monitor speakers.
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With the idea of using both studio monitors and studio headphones to record and make music in mind, let’s talk about the CR4-X. The bass response is a little pronounced in these entry-level speakers, so making use of headphones will be important if you don’t want to undercompensate on your bass channels. Unlike other monitors on our list, there is no tuning available.

With that said, the CR4-X speakers are really better suited to multimedia applications. But at this price point, they will certainly do the job while recording and producing music. In contrast to the bass response, the mid frequencies are transparent and present a defined difference between tones. As for the high frequencies, they’re sharp and don’t present any harshness.

One thing you can do to improve your experience is to invest in better cables. The provided tables are a little… underwhelming. But the sound quality will improve with better quality cables, as is the case with a lot of other stock studio monitor cables.

The CR4-X monitors have both TRS and RCA inputs, but they have no tuning options. The rear bass port allows for low-end projection, but you'll need to be mindful about placement in front of a wall.
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The Mackie CR4-X studio monitors have a 4-inch polypropylene-coated woofer, and a 0.75” ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeter. Silk is a desirable material for tweeters as it tends to reproduce high frequencies with better quality. The woofer, though, also delivers a crisp and punchy sound. On the back is a bass port which projects the low-end frequencies well with enough depth too.


5. PreSonus Eris E5 – best near field monitors for small studios

  • $249
  • Frequency response: 53 Hz – 22 kHz
  • Front resonance port
  • High and mid tuning options
The PreSonus Eris E5's are the best near field monitors for small studios.
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Finally, we have the Presonus Eris E5. Their frequency response is fairly flat, and they have well-defined mids. However, despite their crisp highs, these could do with a little adjustment if you want them to be closer to flat – which of course you do. But the bass frequencies aren’t as well defined as the mids. Yet the Eris E5 studio monitors will display details that you may have previously missed. At just 10.2 lbs. (4.63kg), these monitors are pretty lightweight too.

At this price point, it’s nice to see Kevlar low-frequency inducers as in the M-Audio BX5s. This is a strong heat-resistant material, and you’ll find it in many – if not all – high-end speakers. You’ll find your speakers continue to perform with ease over long periods of time. With this material too. And despite extra shielding for minimizing interference, you may still notice a hiss at low volume as with other speakers we’ve mentioned.

The Eris E5 monitors have both mid and high frequency tuning options, and inputs include TRS, XLR and RCA.
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The Eris E5’s peak at 102dB, so they’re not overbearingly loud. Again, this makes them a good choice for smaller studios. The low/mid-woofer has a size of 5.25 inches. For its size, it produces a punchy low-end and kicks are also well defined!

You can make mid and high EQ adjustments at the rear of the speaker with knobs. If your studio has reflective surfaces and no sound treatment you’ll want to attenuate these knobs. Coupled with good monitor placement, changing the acoustic space with these controls enables you to take full control over the sound of your monitors. In addition, the speakers have a front bass port – so you don’t need to worry about the rear wall quite so much.