1. Register NOW and become part of this fantastic knowledge base forum! This message will go away once you have registered.

Not long enough headphone lead

Discussion in 'Recording' started by A.J, May 1, 2010.

  1. A.J

    A.J Guest

    Hey i have been having some trouble with my headphones. There just a standard pair nothing pro.
    My problem is that the cord for them is not long enough for when i want to record vocals so i have to position myself as close as i can to my mixing desk for it to reach. i am also recording drums soon so this will be a major problem.

    Any way, is there a product out there that is like an extension on the cord or would it be better to get a wireless set?

    what do the pro's use?

    thanx heaps. A.J
  2. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Hi AJ, welcome to RO.

    Male to female 1/4" TRS is what you need (assuming 1/4" is your connector of choice) [Modify your search accordingly if not.]

    [DLMURL="link removed Extension Cables[/DLMURL]
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Invest in a simple headphone amplifier. This way you can have full control over your personal level of whatever the engineers mix is being fed to you. But I've never built a headphone system that couldn't blow your head off.

    My headphones are loud
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  4. vttom

    vttom Active Member

    What about wireless headphones? I went with a pair of 900MHz headphones and love the freedom of not having the cord. So far, I haven't noticed any interference.
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    You mean you are not interfered with when the batteries go dead in the middle of a session? I mean why not use wireless microphones in the studio also? Lots of my live recordings are like that. Who the hell needs any wires anymore? Where is my Bluetooth adapter between my console and computer?

    Auto lighting joints?
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  6. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    That's just plain silly, Remy! All he needs to do is wire up the wireless headphones to an AC/DC adapter to avoid that problem!

  7. A.J

    A.J Guest

    awesome! thanks everyone :)
  8. vttom

    vttom Active Member

    When I bought them, I was dubious that 900MHz headphones would work very well considering that my previous experience with 900MHz wireless devices consisted of cordless telephones and a system for wirelessly transmitting video+audio from my satellite receiver in the basement to my TV on the 1st floor. Both seemed prone to reception problems and interference (e.g. from microwave ovens, Wi-Fi routers, etc) resulting in signal fade and/or intermittent static. However, 900MHz technology seems to have come a long way, because the wireless headphone I just got (brand name Auvio from, don't laugh, RadioShack) have crystal-clear reception with no detectable signal fade or static.

    The other thing I was worried about was the 900MHz transmitter coupling interference into my mics/ADC electronics. Fortunately, no perceptible interference there, either.

    I intend, for the moment, to do some recordings of violin students. Wireless will be a really nice way to keep the cable from getting in the way of the instrument, the bow, etc.
  9. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Wired headphones have been around since the beginning of time. I like things that are wired, hardwired. That includes microphones, headphones. While some musicians don't like the cords that's tough. You learn how to drape them properly and they are less of a nuisance. You are just screwing around with toy junk. That won't make a good impression upon anybody. Headphone extension cords and headphone amplifiers of some sort are generally in order. Not everybody needs to wear headphones. There are ways to work around not using headphones under certain conditions. Speaker fold back can be utilized, with a second pass done without the musicians to cancel out the fold back speakers. The preceding suggestion involves phase inversion on the second pass. It takes you an extra generation down but in today's digital it's less of a problem than it was back in analog times when I did it. You just can't beat wires.

    I'm always wired
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  10. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I'm wired. But maybe that's just the third pot of coffee talking.....

Share This Page