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Postby forumuser828680 » Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:56 pm

What media do you forum members use check yr mixes other than yr studio speakers?

lets say, in the car, or any other place than yr studio?

I was burning CDs to check in the car and on a boom box but that technology seems not the way to go anymore.

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Re: Check a mix

Postby CS70 » Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:00 pm

I don't do much cross reference anymore (the Audeze LCD-X being the reason, between them, the main speakers and the Auratone I get decent mixes out of the box) but since most people will hear the mix on Spotify/Youtube, or in the car, I usually dropbox a version on my phone (perhaps pseudo-mastered with a limiter) and have a listen there and via bluetooth in the car.

I find the car is very useful for the stereo image, after listening to much commercial music there it encourages you to go much wider with the stereo panning than otherwise.
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Re: Check a mix

Postby blinddrew » Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:10 pm

Phone speaker, car, and bluetooth speaker for me.
If I can get it sounding ok on those three, plus monitors and headphones, then it's probably as far as I can take it.
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Re: Check a mix

Postby The Elf » Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:20 pm

Anything. Everything. Laptop, iPad in the shower, hi-fi from another room, phone on the bedside table... If it sounds good in the car it's a good sign. Don't forget mono checks.
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Re: Check a mix

Postby blakedirksen » Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:12 pm

I've always been surprised what I learn when I just step out of the room while the the monitors play in my mixing room.
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Re: Check a mix

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:39 pm

Main nearfield loudspeakers, headphones, mini grot box (which also doubles as a mono check).

Between the three of those (and the Sonarworks Reference software to equalise out the loudspeakers/room and headphones), my mixes seem to travel well.

If I do burn a CD I'll listen to it in the car, because as CS70 mentions the stereo imaging is much wider there, but my headphone checks tend to let me hear a car-like environment anyway, so I rarely get any surprises.

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