Headphones for the win!

my lovely Sennheiser HD600 – photo: Marco Raaphorst / CC BY-SA

As long as I can remember I love headphones. I love the directness of it, the super clear details. Details you will not be able to hear on monitors because our senses are very much dependent on distance. The closer you get to an object the more details you will be able to detect, as simple as that.

Today I listened to the interview with mastering engineer Glenn Schick on The Mastering Show podcast. Nowadays he’s only using headphones for mastering what I can totally understand.


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4 Responses to Headphones for the win!

  1. John Pazdan September 24, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

    good interesting interview, thanks for posting. I have been solely using iem’s for about 6 months in my “studio”, for tracking, mixing, and practicing too. Seems as though everyone listens to music through them too. A lot of what Glenn says here makes sense to me.

  2. John Pazdan September 24, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

    still looking for the “right” ones..still looking for the “right” bass too. 😉 have tried some low buck commercial ones, and i like my old bose too. IEM’s for live use are very different from the ones to track/mix. Unfortunately in my current commercial rawk band, they are almost impossible to use as the drummer is way too loud, and only has one level. It’s a 70’s style. Pays for new IEM’s though. Which one are you using? and do you use a headphone amp? i was trying to follow which DAC he was using but couldnt make out the brand.

    There sure is a lot of snake oil for sale here.

    • Marco Raaphorst September 24, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

      I am not using IEM. Also not for live use although that might be great. I did a few gigs last month with ear-protection and that’s ok.

      In my homestudio I use Sennheiser HD600 headphones. These are superb. Guitar sounds great on these as well. On most headphones electric guitar is weird sounding, but the HD600 are super open sounding. No DAC, never tried that. I am using a Focusrite 2i4 on USB2 with my MacBook Pro.

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