Looking for open and closed backs to complement my mixing

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2018/06/07 16:10:40 (permalink)

Looking for open and closed backs to complement my mixing

I've got a pair of cheap bookshelf monitors (Alesis 3's) that I've grown accustomed to for mixing in the home studio (CHEAP at maybe $100 for the pair). They're not the flattest or the most truthful, but I do this mostly for fun/learning experience and they get me to my goals! I don't have a treated space so I'm more prone to perfecting mixes using multiple sources rather than trying to base everything on one source.

Now I'm at a stage where I'd like to invest in a pair of good, relatively transparent, relatively flat-response open- or semi-open back cans in the $200-and-under range.

I also want to get some decent closed backs for tracking and detail-examination purposes - I'm thinking Sony MDR-7506's as I love these headphones and I dig the bright sound and detail they give... they're so fun to listen to!

I've been looking around at option , and obviously there are hundreds of threads on scores of forums like this, but I'm just looking to get some other stuff on my radar and see what you guys are using, what you've had success with and stuff.

Dave

 
Mics: MXL 990, 2 x MXL Tempo XLRs, Cobalt Co9, SM48, (soon) iSK Starlight
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    batsbrew
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    Re: Looking for open and closed backs to complement my mixing 2018/06/07 16:48:46 (permalink)
    1st off,
    you know not to mix with headphones.
    you need trustworthy monitors to mix on.
     
    you can check mixes with cans, sure, micro edit, fix phase issues, stuff like that.
    but you do not mix on headphones.
     
    2nd, if you were to mix on headphones,
    you'd need to up your budget by about 5x to get anything close to accurate for mixing on.
     
    but like i already said, 
    don't mix on headphones.
     
    there are lots of nice budget cans to check mixes on,
    lots of reviews to read up on:
     
    https://www.cnet.com/topics/headphones/best-headphones/
     
    https://www.innerfidelity.com/reviews
     
    https://www.headphone.com/
     
    https://www.head-fi.org/
     
    i have and use some akg 240 ii studios to check mixes on, 
    they work great,.
     
    also uses some Sennheiser CX300 II CX 300 II earbuds, to check and i use them to track.....
    work great.
     

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    Re: Looking for open and closed backs to complement my mixing 2018/06/07 18:36:19 (permalink)
    Sounds good batsbrew! The 240's have been on my list for a while so I'll go a bit deeper into investigation. The Senn HD 598/600's, AKG 612's and the Beyerdynamic DT 990's all pique my interest a bit too.

    Of course after this amount of time I've stopped mixing on headphones - whatever I get will primarily be for checking balance and detail-oriented work while actually mixing. For my uses they've been a good reference to see what other people are going to be hearing when listening to my stuff, haha!

    Hopefully somewhere down the road I can afford some "big boy" monitors :D but for the meantime, its serving me pretty well to really learn how my equipment sounds, what its strengths and weaknesses are and how I can work around them to still get a good result.

     
    Mics: MXL 990, 2 x MXL Tempo XLRs, Cobalt Co9, SM48, (soon) iSK Starlight
    Gear: Cakewalk X3 Studio - PreSonus Firepod - Alesis Elevate 3 - Axiom 49
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