Mixing on headphones

Mixing on headphones

I know this sounds a bit odd, but many home studio budding engineers cannot afford a pair of monitors or do not have space in their room. So the common questions they ask me is

  • Can I mix with my ordinary headphones?

Answer: The first thing i would like to tell is mixing too long in the headphones will cause ear fatigue and the ear drums become aged soon. So your after years, your ears will not be able to judge certain frequencies which you were doing earlier. So i really don’t recommend using the headphones for long time.   

  • Do I need a costly pair of headphones?

Answer: No, you just need to get your ears tuned or practice various versions of mixes then you arrive at a point were you understand YOUR headphones better.

  • Which is the best headphones for mixing?

Answer: Well, it depends on your budget, some of the best one i like is the beyerdynamic DT770 etc. 

If you can’t then there are other solutions like sonarworks.com which gives an alternate solution for your headphone calibration for mixing.

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