On Thu, Apr 01, 2010 at 05:01:30PM -0700, Ken Restivo wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 09:44:20PM +0200, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Mixing on headphones is *really* one thing to be avoided.
I'll do it only if there's no 'mixing' at all involved,
e.g. recording classical music with just a stereo pair,
and even then it can give you a completely shifted picture.
Most home systems are designed to be flattering rather
than revealing, that makes them sell, so mixing on those
is a bad idea as well.
> If I had enormous amounts of money laying around, I'd probably invest in some Ultrasone headphones and some KRK monitors.
Forget the headphones. Put your money into a pair of good
small near-field monitors, and learn to mix on those.
Regarding the more general mastering issue, you can make
a recording sound acceptable on a cheap car radio, and maybe
there are reasons to do that, but it will be a compromise.
The result will be that it doesn't sound as well as it could
on a decent system.
My usual approach was to mix on a pair of quite small near-
field boxes, occasionaly check for problems on the big studio
monitors, but keep focussed on the small ones. When those
sounded right, record it. Then switch to the big ones, and
of course that would sound spectacular. And then, if there
was some time left, improve the mix on those by undoing the
things done to make the mix work on the cheap boxes. The
result would be a sound that was *less* spectacular, but
in the long term, just better.
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