need decent headphones for mixing/tracking

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by pfactionbrett, Dec 29, 2007.

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  1. there are so many brands and models of headphones to get, that I don't know where to start.

    First off these will be used for tracking monitoring, mixing, mastering etc. Now I know headphones are gonna suck for mixing, but it's where I have to start due to price, and enviroment (tracking in same room as computer).

    My limit: about $60-$ make it harder, i'd like to get two pair. I want one really decent pair for mixing and monitoring at the computer, and I guess a bit less decent pair for the person who is singing/tracking.

    I want the truest sound I can get for the price, somehting clear that wont distort being turned up, and somehting that will actually last. A lot to ask fo rI knwo but just giv eme some ideas and opinions if there's a better product or idea. Thanks.

    ..Also I would want closed-back since tracking would be in the same room right?
  2. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    Mixing with headphones is less than ideal, and that's an understatement.

    With that caveat out of the way, I would go for some AKG 240S or some Sony MDR-7506 headphones.
  3. well this is just home recording so mixing isn't that important to me...I am just recording ideas, and producing my bands songs etc. not trying to get awesome professional mixes.

    I've heard of the 240S a lot.....really that good?
  4. MrJesus

    MrJesus Active Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    Even for not so awesome, unprofessional mixes, I'd stay away from headphones.
  5. well when I don't have a choice, that's why i'm asking for advice, so that's what I want. I know I wont get as good as a mix as monitors, but am I going to waste $100 on powered how good will those sound compared to headphones...may as well have done them through good headphones than $100 monitors....Find me a decent set of powered monitors that will work better for $100 and I will stop lookingfor good headphones....
  6. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    Beyer DT770 pro
  7. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    Mar 3, 2006

    or the sennheiser hd280pro
  8. price on those?
  9. 00420

    00420 Active Member

    Dec 27, 2007

    Here's some cheap monitors that will get you better mixes than headphones:
  10. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
  11. Re: Monitors

    I was looking at those m-audio to start.....but I think i'lll save for KRK rokit series monitors and make it worth my money not waste them on cheap crap. I've heard great things about the rokit series for the price...
  12. 00420

    00420 Active Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    Not a bad plan.

    I'd wait on any mixing until you've got some monitors and a treated room though.

    Work on the writing, and lay some tracks down, but don't bother to mix it yet, or you'll just end up redoing all of it again later anyways (I know this from personal experience).
  13. Halifaxsoundguy

    Halifaxsoundguy Active Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Halifax, NS Canada
    I have a great pair of Audio Technica ATH-M30's $60 they sound great. I use them as a "rare" tool when mixing for checking imaging and exploring sounds. Though my music isn't on the radio I enjoy to have tunes that sound will sound good for anyone who might stash a song in their iPOD. I once posted a link to an article on using headphones for mixing. I'll post the link again.

    The ATH-M30's are a real great set of headphones for a portable or project home studio.

    On a side note they have great acoustic isolation. When I was in school i could have them up super loud in a quiet classroom and not bug the person studying next to me.
  14. multoc

    multoc Active Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    Never mix with headphones! Rule of thumb
  15. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    I would rather mix on Senheiser HD280PRO headphones, than M-audio monitors!!!
    As a matter of fact, I have mixed on those phones at home, and was amazed when I brought it to the studio to final mix.
  16. Halifaxsoundguy

    Halifaxsoundguy Active Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Halifax, NS Canada
    Here's that link for mixing with headphones:
  17. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    Senn HD280 Pro. I always check with monitors, but I do quite a bit of work with cans.

    I don't consider the senns to be great sounding headphones, but I find the judgments I make with the Senns usually hold up to monitor checks.

    A touch over $80 delivered from Newegg.
  18. WizW

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    I´ve been looking for the ideal headset for a long time and own many. Today my brand new Sennheiser HD 650 arrived and BOY was I baffled. When listening to my mixes i A/B between the Sennheisers and my monitors and for once I can hear similarities, not 2 totally different sonic images.
    I´ll say the Sennheiser HD650 is the closest thing there is for (pre)mixing. At least of those I have tested.
    End mixes shouldn´t be done on a headset anyways, but using a headset when arranging is golden for me as I work a lot during night in a non soundproof environement.
    I also track vocals in my mixroom on an AKG C 414 B XL II, and with a reflection filter it works great, but we are required to work on headsets.
    With the Sen HD 650 I feel I´m closer to what you hear is what you get than ever.
    Cans for the vocalist is Sony MDR 7506.

    Guess I took off there, but hey; I´m really impressed by the HD 650.
  19. Cacacas

    Cacacas Active Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Tempe, AZ
    Damn. Don't waste your money.... on headphones.

    Headphones take sound out of the room, and put it directly to your ear.
    Like recording vocals, it's important. Or at an internet cafe.

    Monitors were made so you can mix and hear everything well, clearly, and uncolored.

    Are you trying to isolate sound, or trying to mix?
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