Why Mixing on Headphones is Better

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In this video I’ll be explaining when is the right time to use your headphones for mixing. Do subscribe for more videos like this and ring the bell to keep up to date with our notifications and deals.

It’s an unwritten rule that music producers should ideally be using speakers to monitor their mix, as headphones don’t give a realistic soundstage and can fatigue your ears quickly. However, in some cases mixing on headphones is actually better than using monitors.

To be blunt, many musicians make the mistake of mixing on great speakers but in rooms with very poor acoustics. This leads to bad EQ choices and inaccurate low end. In this kind of situation, using decent headphones will result in a much more accurate mix as it takes the room out of the equation completely. Buying a good set of cans can also be considerably cheaper than an equivalent set of monitors, so budget-conscious producers should consider using just headphones when starting out.

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川筋宏
川筋宏
1 month ago

I continue to make music with headphones due to housing conditions. This article was very helpful.

Brian Freeland
1 month ago
Reply to  川筋宏

I can totally relate to that! Neighbors don’t enjoy music blasting at 3am 🙂 thanks for your comment!

vaidee_lonne
vaidee_lonne
1 month ago

It’s a terrible headline, people can go the wrong way. Even without looking at dsonic programs.
I think this kind of information shames the resource it is posted on, ADP I am disappointed.Mixing on headphones is a forced measure of desperation, it should not be encouraged and endorsed.

Brian Freeland
1 month ago
Reply to  vaidee_lonne

The article and video clearly state that mixing on headphones CAN be better depending on the situation. Saying mixing on headphones is purely a “forced measure of desperation should not be encouraged or endorsed” is a fairly extreme statement! I mix on pro monitors on my desktop and mix with headphones on my laptop almost exclusively. Honestly, try to consider all the people who simply can’t afford to have a noise isolated, professionally treated home studio and a pair of top notch studio monitors… at APD we want the joys of creating music to be accessible to everyone, even if… Read more »

vaidee_lonne
vaidee_lonne
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian Freeland

I just think that mixing is a difficult subject (very difficult especially for beginners), it’s not really a topic for a 1 minute video. There are a lot more factors to consider. What kind of headphones to use and even so it is still “necessary” to check the mix, at least on hifi speakers. My first reaction might be really bit extreme, but I also work mostly with headphones for certain reasons including neighbors and I don’t know how you can only mix on headphones, there are things where headphones just can’t show the real picture of the sound, especially… Read more »

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