Do you mix with headphones?
Are you happy with the results?
Mixing with headphones is not as straightforward as you might think.
There are all sorts of crazy acoustic-y things that happen once music is escaping out of a pair of speakers into the outside world that, when mixing with headphones, you can get cringingly wrong.
Typically, some of the main things to pay special attention to are:
There are more, and that’s what this video is all about.
Types of headphones
There are two types of headphone design we can use in the studio.
As the name suggests, closed-back designs are closed off to the environment making them great at eliminating outside noise and similarly, preventing bleed outside of the headphones from whatever you happen to be listening to and annoying your immediate neighbours.
The open-back design, therefore, is open to the environment and lets sound in and out freely, yet, the sound is more realistic and, well, open!
In the studio
We use both types in the studio but for different jobs.
Closed-back headphones are great for tracking and open-back are great for mixing.
How to get great mixes using headphones
Well, in the video, I’ll give you the 5 essential tips you need to know to get the best results when mixing in headphones.
I’d love to know which headphones you’re using at the moment and why you like them. Drop a comment below and also let us know any problems you have when you mix with headphones.