Re: Is it possible to mix and master just with headphones?
Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:44 am
dennisgamalej wrote:Why do you think that open are better than closed?Sam Spoons wrote:A decent pair of open back headphones like some AKG K702 would help, the Steinberg headphones you have are closed back and designed fro tracking rather than mixing.
As for the "why": in closed back headphones, the sound reflects from the "walls" of the cups with a very short delay (since the cups are very small), and the reflections tend to keep a good deal of energy (also since the cup itself is small).
That's the textbook definition of comb filtering - a type of interference between sound waves and their slightly-delayed, similar-energy reflections, that leads to certain frequencies will be canceled, other increased. So the timbre will be quite different from what you hear on speakers in a well-treated room.
Obviously manufacturers try to counter these effects but physics is physics so you can do only so much.
Open backs let the sound go, with much less reflections, and therefore the mix timbre will be more similar to how you hear on speakers.
You can use both types, but countering the filtering due to interference is harder as information is actually lost by the time the sound wave reaches you ears.