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    Q. Why does reverb sound different on headphones?

    Why is it that reverb is so much more audible on good headphones than good speakers? Is it to do with the ambient noise or reflections in the room?

    Sound Advice
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    Understanding Speaker Stands & Platforms

    Stand Up!

    The humble speaker stand or desktop speaker platform can make a huge difference to the sound in your room.

    Sound Advice
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    The Elephant In The Control Room

    Why Only Subwoofers Can Produce Accurate Low End

    One of the most misunderstood subjects in pro audio is control–room nearfield monitoring: the dos and don’ts, the problems and suggested remedies.

    Techniques
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    Q. Why does my track seem slower when I listen on headphones?

    I produce electronic dance music. Much of the time I work with headphones on, to help me focus on detailed sounds in repetitive loops. However, I often notice that when I switch to listening on speakers (to check the actual mix and so on) the track seems a bit faster. What could be the cause?

    Sound Advice
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    Mixing On Headphones

    What To Use & How To Do It

    It's often necessary to work on headphones in the home studio, even when mixing. So what headphones should you choose, and how do you go about getting the best results?

    Techniques
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    Q & A December 2012

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Can you advise on the powering and positioning of Behringer's Truth monitors? How can I control proximity effect? Why do speaker stands have spikes? Will Steinberg's Virtual Guitarist run on my PC? Will replacing my carpet with laminate affect the acoustics? Can you recommend a second-hand sampler with a floppy drive? How can I get broadcast masters to sound louder?

    Sound Advice
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