Monitors vs headphone sound quality

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by jimtavegia, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. jimtavegia

    jimtavegia Guest

    I have just recorded two CD's for clients. One is vocal with piano and the other is solo piano. Both were recorded with Steinway B's.

    On headphones both recordings sound very good. My main monitors are 2-way Triangle Cometes which are Class B Stereophile rated and I have always found them to be very detailed and accurate in my room through room measurements. The Triangles are strong to 50hz.

    On the monitors the recording sounds thinner, with less body and bass than with either my Grado's or Sony 7506's.

    The piano was recorded with the condenser omni mics 9" above the strings located just inside the bridge, located at C2 and C5 approx. On all the tracks except 2 the piano mics were panned hard left and right. On two tracks the channels were brought in to 3 O'clock and 9 O'clock positions for trial and error. The sound between panning variations is very close to the same on headphones as it is on monitors.

    I could remaster and increase the bass, but I am reluctant as to how good it sounds on headphones.

    Any suggestions? Thanks in advance. Jim Tavegia
  2. machina

    machina Active Member

    Nov 10, 2004
    First rule of mixing: NEVER mix over headphones. Headphones make everything sound good. They're mlisleading. My greasy farts sound great over headphones!
    I'd trust the monitors.

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