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Focal monitors are among the very best in the world of professional music recording. Though the company is not a new one by any means, when I was working in the professional music recording industry in the 1990s, they were not on our radar at the time. But, this company which is based in France has been making world-class monitor speakers, headphones and listening systems since 1979. Their speakers are incredibly well-designed, engineered and constructed to sound as natural as possible. In fact, there are very few companies which design such a wide-range of amazing speakers— for virtually every creative media application. Focal has a global presence and their monitors are beloved by artists, engineers, musicians and producers in the professional music industry in fine recording studio facilities around the world.


Which products from Focal that were used by the great engineers and recording studio facilities of the past would be a great fit for the educational space?


Recording studio facilities around the world use the monitors, headphones and listening systems from Focal. These include monitors from their Shape and Alpha series, their subwoofers and their immersive monitoring systems— which are available in both their Shape and Alpha series speakers. Focal speakers have a reputation for clarity which is the essential ingredient for cutting great tracks and for mixing classic songs that will stand the test of time. Each of the monitors in the Focal line-up are powered, so there is no need for an amplification system— even with their immersive speaker arrays. Since each of their products are excellent, it is easier to introduce them as families of great products rather than just on an individual product basis. 

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Image: The Focal Shape 65

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Image: The Focal Alpha EVO 80

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Image: The Focal Sub One

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Focal Shape Series


The Focal Shape series of monitors are among the very best that can be found in the world of professional music recording. The monitors in this family of speakers are clear and natural sounding— true to the source. There are a variety of monitors in this family, which come in the following models: the Shape 40, the Shape 50, the Shape 65 and the Shape Twin. The monitors in this family are all excellent near-field speakers which would be an excellent fit for the educational space.

Focal Alpha Series


The Focal Alpha series of monitors are excellent speakers which can be found in small recording studio venues, home studios and multimedia editing suites. Each of the monitors in this family of speakers, just like their siblings in the Shape series, are true to the source and sound natural. In this family of monitors there are a variety of models: the Alpha EVO 50, the Alpha EVO 65, the Alpha EVO 80 and the Alpha Twin EVO.  The monitors in this family are all excellent near-field speakers which would be an excellent fit for the educational space.

Focal Sub One


Focal makes three differing subwoofer models— the Sub6, Sub12 and the Sub One. Each of these subwoofer models sound natural just like their companion speaker models in the Shape and Alpha line-ups from the company, but give the monitoring systems the chance to extend their low-frequency response. Any of the subwoofers in the Focal product line-up would be excellent choices for an educational institution.

Focal Immersive Monitoring Systems


It is possible to create immersive monitoring systems within each of the Focal lines of studio monitors and subwoofers. Using their studio monitors and subwoofers would bring the natural sound and clarity into a recording studio space for use in immersive mixing studios and multimedia content creation suites. Their immersive systems would be an excellent choice for an educational space, but one would be wise to consult with their studio design professional and with the wonderful people at Focal about which would be better for your space. 

Image: A Focal Immersive System

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Why should an educational institution invest in products from Focal?


If there is a company which has the ability to offer a great monitoring system for every aspect of the educational process, it is Focal. The company is famed for its speakers, headphones and listening systems, but it makes such a wide variety of excellent products that go beyond the systems that you would normally find in just music recording studio venues. It is this wide selection, their well-engineered designs and the craftsmanship that you will find in their amazing products which make Focal an excellent choice for educational institutions. But, it is also worth mentioning that their customer service is excellent and their products are going to last for a lifetime of use.


If you would like more information about Focal and the amazing products that were discussed in this article, please use the following links which are listed below.


Focal Shape Series

Focal Alpha Series

Focal Subwoofers

Focal Professional Products


The following link will take you to the Focal website where you can learn more about this legendary corporation and also, find an authorized dealer for their fabulous products in your area.




Special Note: Each of the images in this article appear through the courtesy and generosity of the wonderful people at Focal.


Special Thanks— At The Recording Session Vault Educational Website Project, we would like to take a moment to express our thanks and appreciation to Paul de Benedictus at Focal for his time and assistance with this article.

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