Mixing With Headphones

Today, a lot of people mix their music on headphones, and there are a couple of reasons why is that so. In this article I will explain why people often use headphones, and also, I’m going to tell you how to get the most out of your headphones.

Let’s start!

In the beginning most people starts to mix with headphones and reason is simple.. It’s their only option. We probably all have headphones in our home, so logically, you’ll start with what you already have.

Second reason is that really good headphones cost half the price of the studio monitors. So, still if you’re going to invest in something, you’ll probably first invest in headphones, because they are cheaper than monitors.

First important reason and advantage is consistency of your way of mixing. If you mix on headphones, there’s nothing between your mix and you. It goes directly to your ears, no room reflection. So it gives you a great advantage of mixing wherever you want. And it’s also helpful because of keeping your creativity high (Read my article about keeping your creativity, so you could find out more).


Headphones give you consistency, with almost no variables, just to get to mixing, and you’ll start to hear things and know what should you do, and it will get with more time and experience a lot easier to mix.

With headphones you don’t have to do that, because you’re getting the signal directly to your ears, without the room reflection. The mix, as it sounds, is only thing that you’re really hearing. You know exactly what your mix is giving to you, and that allows you to make a better mixing decisions.

And the third reason is that headphones allows you to mix subtle. Sometimes when mixing with monitors, it’s hard to hear the difference if you boost or cut something in 1 or 2 dBs, and then people usually boost or cut even more. They dramatically change the sound of the instrument or vocal, so they could hear the difference on their monitors.

But if you mix on your headphones, you’ll be able to hear those subtle differences a lot easier, so in that way, you’re not going to overreact with your mixing decisions.

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Thans for being part of sound investigation!

Mihael Vrbanic

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