Some good advice.
You will kick yourself if you find out late what it is to
make music on a good pair of headphones with a good headphone amp.
If you have
a less the ideal space or a space where you feel unable to work at a volume where you
able to feel the vibe then you need some good headphones. You still need the monitors, you
can beat checking your mix on some. You'll find yourself correcting reverbs and EQs from
whats coming out of the monitors but the bulk of what you'll do will be done in your
First check out a good audio interface with a good
The TC Electronic range.
The Audient id22.
I tried the Focusrite ranges but I found their
headphone amps to be shockingly bad. Steer clear of everything else on the market and the
After that you're looking for Cans.
the same pair of Sennheiser HD650s for 10 years. If you're worried about the price then
that's about £30.00 a year. Regardless of the using them for mixing, I've had more
pleasure listening to music through those than you'll get from going to a pub a night for
1 night a year a thousand times over.
I now live in a tropical country and
suffer from noise from air conditioning so I've just invested in the Sennheiser HD380
Pro's. They took 48 hours of techno blaring through them to loosen up. They now sound
fantastic, and they have 32dB of isolation from the environmental noise. They're currently
£75 on Amazon - A COMPLETE AND UTTER BARGAIN. They're also the right sort impedance
(48Ω) to run off your standard iPod. So you'll be able to travel with your mixing
headphones which brings fresh ears home to your computer also.
The 380s don't
tell you about the really high frequencies quite as well as other headphones do. They have
a slightly enhanced 2k region but that's similar territory to the NS10. The upshot is its
really easy to define sound staging in that all important frequency. They are a fantastic
set of headphones and a capable place to mix music on.
So do yourself and
favour and factor in that purchase with your 'studio' set-up.
Well I'm now using a little pair of Presonus E5s which are very honest and I'm
quite happy with them. Especially as I can sort the sub in the HD380s, I do use the
Presonus for mixing and checking and understanding that translation from cans to
Game Changer - I have mine on concrete blocks.
putting them on a desk, go buy (for £12.00) 6x 7.3Nm (Newton meter) concrete blocks
(440x220x220mm) from your local builders merchants and stack them on your floor and never
worry about speaker stands again.
I am eventually going to
upgrade the speakers but its after thought. Check out the Equator D8s as I think they look
pretty good value for money for audiophiles. You might want to look into them for your
first time buy.
Hope that helps.