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headphone distribution from mixer

Discussion in 'Recording' started by tcleary, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. tcleary

    tcleary Active Member

    for general playing and recording I prefer to use headphones. I like to have multiple pairs available so whatever I'm playing (my drumset is pretty far from my computer) I have a pair right there and anyone else that comes over has a pair to use too.

    I have a presonus HP4 and I'm convinced it's a piece of $*^t.

    I have 2 things to deal with. How to best hook up a headphone distribution piece to my mixer (onyx 1640), and which one to buy, I spend a lot of time in the headphones so quality is important to me.

    alright, so is it better to run a headphone distribution amp through the headphone out or through the control outs? I'm guessing the headphone out. I want to hook my powered monitors directly to the cntrl room out, so that really just leaves me with the headphone out, and anyway I think the headphone volume should be controlled differently than the control room volume anyway.

    can anyone recommend me a good headphone distribution piece?

    my first instincts from browsing sweetwater are

    ART HeadAmp6Pro
    Furman HA6-AB
    Rane HC 6

    anyone have experience with any of these? or other suggestions in the sub $500 price range?

    thanks guys
  2. Greener

    Greener Guest

    "so is it better to run a headphone distribution amp through the headphone out or through the control outs? I'm guessing the headphone out."

    Nope, the headphone out is from an amp, take a line out and use that as the input for any dedicated headphone amp. This will be cleaner.
  3. tcleary

    tcleary Active Member

    makes sense, but still leaves me with the problem of what outputs to actually use. I need it to be a sum of the whole mix. I guess I should use the main outputs.
  4. SuprSpy79

    SuprSpy79 Active Member

    not familiar with that board but you could bus everything to one channel. and use that output
  5. tcleary

    tcleary Active Member

    that would work, but it would give me a mono sum. I want to preserve the stereo field I've created in the mix
  6. SuprSpy79

    SuprSpy79 Active Member

    does your board have a seperate set of outputs? I have mains, studio, control, and mix b, for sets of stereo outs lol.
  7. tcleary

    tcleary Active Member

    yeah, i'm not using the mains, so I think using those will work. now i just need advise on a piece.
  8. SuprSpy79

    SuprSpy79 Active Member

    well i cant offer any help there, i just have a cheap crappy behringer, but it does the job lol
  9. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    The ART headphone amp is pretty transparent to my ears, and can real push some volume if you need it.
  10. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Your control room outputs should fall back to the Mains (at a separate volume) if nothing else is solo'd. I'd imagine there are 2 outputs for Control room, yes? One is left, one is right. Get a pair of 1/4" splitters and you can feed both monitors and headphone amp at once.

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