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Blue Cat Audio Re-Head

Head-response Simulation Plug-in By Paul White
Published November 2020

Blue Cat Audio Re-Head

Re‑Head aims to offer headphone users a loudspeaker‑like listening experience.

The experience of monitoring the same mix on both headphones and loudspeakers reveals that each system provides a rather different listening experience. One of the key reasons for this is the difference in separation. When listening to a stereo mix on speakers, the sound from each speaker reaches both ears, with some delay and head‑shadowing effects, while headphones provide near perfect separation between the left and right channels.

Blue Cat’s Re‑Head plug‑in aims to make working on headphones feel more like working on loudspeakers. The company cite the benefits as a more natural feel and less listener fatigue. While the principles upon which Re‑Head is based incorporate aspects of binaural processing, Blue Cat stress that this is not a 3D mixing tool: Re‑Head won’t move things around your head, but rather aims to modify the EQ and stereo response to provide more of a loudspeaker experience. The reason EQ is involved is two‑fold: human ears have a different frequency response depending on the angle of the approaching...

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Published November 2020