The headphone is one of the most unsung heroes of a music production studio. Anybody who tries mixing their records on headphones due to noisy neighbors know the tribulation, disappointments, and trials they encounter in the process. If you get the right headphones for music production, then the process can be successful with less hassle. The following are some factors to consider when choosing headphones for producing and mixing.
Closed or Open
This depends on how you want to use the headphones. You can get both closed and open back models at reasonable prices, but they have different characteristics. The closed back type leak less sound and are usually over-ear in design which makes them perfect for monitoring while recording as less sound will leak out into the recording microphone. They have a weighty bass end than their open back counterparts though this can make them less suited for mixing because they become less sonically neutral.
Open back headphones leak more sound and give more neutral frequency response and accurate and are great for mixing purposes but not recording as sound leakage does not matter at this point.
Wireless or Wired
Wireless headphones are popular today but in studio still, prefer the wired type for several reasons. First, the studio gear has been designed for used with wired headphones for decades. Secondly, when mixing and recording, you do not need to wander off, you are by the gear always. Thirdly, wireless headphones tend to compress the signal before beaming between devices. Lastly, wireless headphones do not have less capability of amplifying sound and cannot provide much volume.
You may end up wearing the headphones for a very long time. Recording many takes or mixing may involve wearing headphones for hours, so it is essential that they do not put a lot of pressure on your ears and head, slip off when you wear them or make you feel too hot. Over-ear models are excellent for extended use as they do not press on the ears like the on-ear models. Most studios usually use over-ear headphones.
Studio headphones usually tear and wear when used at the studio, more so if you run a place commercially and different people wear them. The most common damage is the cable that can accidentally get yanked from the cups. Some of the headphones have detachable cables so repairing them is relatively easy if this happens. Consider what you intend to use the headphones for.
Most people argue that if you get a pair of headphones that you like, then you can trust and use them. It should not worry you if somebody says their model has higher fidelity than yours. If your headphones work for you, then stick to them. What you intend to use the headphones for will determine the type you choose.
Headphones are essential for music production, and you need to get the right one for your studio. Take these factors into consideration when looking for a pair of headphones for your studio.…