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Hearing Your Monitors

Discussion in 'Monitoring & Headphones' started by Guitarfreak, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    I've got this problem, but I don't think it is my monitors, I think that it could be me or possibly monitor placement/room treatment or lack thereof. I can hear slight EQ changes throughout a good portion of the frequency range quite easily. I can also detect small changes in level balance quite easily in a mix situation. I can also 'hear' slight differences in compressor settings and how they affect the track. So it's not the monitors.

    Here it is right here. Sometimes and for some reason I cannot detect small differences in timbre that I should be detecting, or I have to strain for it. Fine right? So what? The thing is, I can hear them more easily on other systems like an MP3 file through my car stereo or my iPod headphones.

    For instance, I did a before and after comparison of a guitar pickup change. Given that the pickups were pretty similar sounding, I had to strain to hear the difference on my monitors, but the file played back on my iPod seemed to highlight the difference more clearly.


    More recently I recorded guitar tracks using different mics and again it's the same situation.


    Links are for clarity and first hand proof, I'm not looking to advertise myself or anything. What I want to know is, is this a normal thing?
  2. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2009
  3. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    Dec 4, 2007
    Toms River, NJ
    In my inexperience, it seems like the 2nd of each link seems a little brighter, or with a bit more presence. The first ones seem a little fuller or bassier.

    They are both cool however.

    Hope I could help a bit.
  4. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Thanks, yeah that's been my experience with them as well. The first of each fitting more of a classic sound with the seconds more of a modern sound IMO.

    Here is a pic of my mixing desk, I know there are a lot of things wrong with placement, desk material etc. but right now it's all I have. Tear it apart.


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