How to Mix Better in Headphones

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Mixing in headphones isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. In the next few minutes, Vespers is going to set the stage and give you some background info on the pros and cons of working in headphones, how to mix better in headphones, and some of the problems you’ll come up against using cans straight out of the box. Specifically, Vespers is going to be using the Reference plugin for headphones by the folks over at Sonarworks.

When it comes time to start mixing down your tunes, the whole purpose of reference monitors or headphones is that they’re flat. If they’re not flat, then when you’re mixing you can be chasing ghosts.

We’re going to dig into how to fix these problems using this software so you can get your headphones as flat as possible, and evaluates how well this setup actually works. In this tutorial Vespers touches on:

  • The benefits of using headphones in your mixdown and referencing process and why you should consider using them.
  • Common problems that occur when mixing down in headphones.
  • A practical look at how common problems can affect your mix.
  • How the Sonarworks Reference plugin works including: calibration, pricing & pros and cons.

So buckle up, and let’s dive right in!

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Vespers is a beat-making robot sent back in time from the year 2502. He was banished from the future for repeat offenses of making excessively bass-heavy noises, leading to irreparable structural damage to the downtown core of Neo Tokyo. It is reported that his long-time sidekick and party companion “Go-Go”, a biogenetically enhanced fennec fox, also travelled back in time to join him in his exile. Vespers is known for his extensive and unpredictable glitches, which cause him to randomly spout tidbits of music production wizardry and secret techniques to virtually anyone who will listen. Kind of like the robot equivalent of Tourettes Syndrome. You can see hours of videos of him waxing poetic about all kinds of audio geekery on his Youtube channel. Legend has it that getting sent back in time was all part of his “master plan” to create a legion of bass worshipers who will take over the future. Although he isn’t human, he does have an puzzling affinity for jazz music and a fascinating preoccupation with saxophones. You can frequently catch him wreaking bassy-havoc and inciting funk-infused dancefloor mayhem at all kinds of music festivals and West Coast gatherings. WARNING: If there is a Vespers sighting in your area, ensure you protect yourself and your loved ones with heavy duty hearing protection and undertake standard earthquake readiness procedures.