Noise canceling vs isolation headphones

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by EricWatkins, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. EricWatkins

    EricWatkins Active Member

    Feb 10, 2007
    Decatur Il
    Can anyone give me an opinion on one vs the other. My drum tracking room is also my contol room. Obviously I can't really monitor what's being recorded very well with them banging away right there in the room with me so, I want to get some headphones for mic placement with a lot of outside noise reduction. I just don't know what works better; the noise canceling ones or the isolation ones. Any ideas?
  2. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    Isolation, noise canceling works best on static unchanging sounds.
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
    BC, Canada
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    Yup, EX29 Direct Sound Extreme Isolation Headphones I have two pairs and they work very well. The sound isn't exceptional but you do get used to them and then its okay. They definitely serve the purpose.
  4. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
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    I would use noise-canceling phones if I wanted to listen to music on a plane and drown out the background noise.
    I would use isolation headphones in a studio for live recording.

    I would also use isolation headphones on the plane, but I would never use noise-canceling headphones in the studio.

    FWIW, the EX-29s are also the best isolating headphones I've found. Like Chris said, not great-sounding, but decent enough for tracking.
    The drummer, and the person closest to the drummer, always gets my two pair.

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