headphone mix (as a released mix)

Discussion in 'rec.audio.pro' started by Sathyan Sundaram, Aug 26, 2003.

  1. Its my experience that many pop releases/Clear Channel radio don't
    sound good (IMO) through headphones. Mixes appear to be centered or
    just to the left in a blob plus symmetrical blobs right on each ear.
    The imaging sounds wrong (or unnatural) and somewhat fatiguing.
    Headphone.com and Binaural.com describe the problem. I have a few CDs
    from Binaural which are much more pleasant to listen to on headphones.

    When listening with speakers the left ear hears material (with varying
    delay) from all speakers but with headphones only from the left driver

    On a CD I'm putting together (its a "vanity release" so marketibility
    can be ignored), I would like to include alternative
    headphone-optimized mixes of some of the tracks (the main mixes use a
    largish stereo sound stage with club-like imaging). Do you have any
    suggestions for optimizing a mix for headphones? (I assume the
    monitoring while mixing should be done with headphones.)

    I use Cool Edit Pro.

    thanks,
    Sathyan
  2. Scott Dorsey

    Scott Dorsey Guest

    Sathyan Sundaram <sundaram.15@osu.edu> wrote:
    >Its my experience that many pop releases/Clear Channel radio don't
    >sound good (IMO) through headphones. Mixes appear to be centered or
    >just to the left in a blob plus symmetrical blobs right on each ear.
    >The imaging sounds wrong (or unnatural) and somewhat fatiguing.


    That's the case for most recordings.

    >Headphone.com and Binaural.com describe the problem. I have a few CDs
    >from Binaural which are much more pleasant to listen to on headphones.


    I bwet those recordings don't sound very good through speakers, though.

    >When listening with speakers the left ear hears material (with varying
    >delay) from all speakers but with headphones only from the left driver
    >
    >On a CD I'm putting together (its a "vanity release" so marketibility
    >can be ignored), I would like to include alternative
    >headphone-optimized mixes of some of the tracks (the main mixes use a
    >largish stereo sound stage with club-like imaging). Do you have any
    >suggestions for optimizing a mix for headphones? (I assume the
    >monitoring while mixing should be done with headphones.)


    Yes, you'd want to mix with headphones being used as monitors. That
    would probably do most of what you need... but you'll find yourself
    using a lot more reverbs and room mikes, so it wouldn't hurt to track
    some additional room mikes along with what you normally do.

    You might consider using something like the Headroom shuffler in your
    signal path, even.
    --scott
    --
    "C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."

Share This Page