tracking headphones

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by Sidhu, Dec 28, 2004.

  1. Sidhu

    Sidhu Active Member

    Mar 22, 2004
    New Delhi, India
    I was thinking of purchasing a pair of headphones to make micing decisions. And also as an alternative mix reference.

    We get AKG's and Sennheisers around here. What are my good options ?

    Also, I was thinking of picking up a couple of AKG K55 (cheap) headphones for cue mixes to the floor. Do these work well ?

    thanks a ton
  2. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    Depends on your budget.

    My favorite is the Ultrasone line. I first heard them at AES and was really impressed by thier sound.

    To me, they sound like you have 2 very nice near-fields duct-taped to your shoulders.
    I wouldn't use them (or any other headphones) for mix decisions, but they just sounded wonderful.

    Check em' out.

  3. bobbo

    bobbo Active Member

    Dec 11, 2004
    re headphones

    I would just get some sony 7506's they are comfortable to wear only $100, they have decent noise cancelation and most studios have those so musicians used to working in other studios have probably used the 7506's before and are familiar with their sound.

  4. Sidhu

    Sidhu Active Member

    Mar 22, 2004
    New Delhi, India
    Budget as usuall is very low. Though one day, i WILL shop at little dog (i want that great river 4 micpre!) :twisted:

    Also that isolation is very important. micing drums and all.

    Cant seem to locate a sony dealer around here.

    One thing that i would like to menton is that availability of pro audio equipmwent around here is extremely restricted. Thats why i was asking bout the sennheisers and the AKG's.. cause ill get them.

    to be more specific.

    The AKG K55 for monitoring.
    the AKG 280s (or whatever latest models i can lay my hands on) for reference and micing calls.

    Im not familier with the sennheisers. But this will give you an idea of the budget im looking at.

  5. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    seinheisser 280's have good isolation, are great for tracking ($100 US)

    the akg k's are solid for the money- might even consider the 44 which is a little cheaper- built solid and cheap enough you won't cry too much if the talent breaks it
  6. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    if or when? :cry:
  7. Screws

    Screws Active Member

    Feb 16, 2001
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    I used to use the Sony 7506's for mic choice and placement decisions, and although they are a tad on the bright side, I got used to them and learned how the decisions made with them would translate to my monitors.

    When I started tracking a hardcore band (read, many, mucho dbs) in my one room studio, the Sony isolation wasn't good enough to hear the mics, so I ordered a set of Remote Audio HN-7506's - basically a pair of 7506's in 45db isolation cans. Pricey, ($285) but worth it if your tonal decisions depend on it.

    See them here:

    An old NYC studio guy once told me the two most crucial stages in any audio system were,

    "The begining and the end. The mic/preamp combo and the monitor. The begining decides what the entire system hears and the end decides what you will hear to influence your decisions. Don't skimp at either end."

    He said to spend at those ends first, but the middle matters too.

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