Reference Studio Monitors or Headphones for Song Recording Studio
Reference studio monitors or headphones are very important accessories for professional or beginners personal home song recording studio. These look like normal headphones or speakers but are very different from the basic headphones.
Why to choose only Reference Studio Speakers/Headphones?
When we listen the music with the normal headphones which comes with a smartphone, then actually, those headphones make the sound more soothing and melodious because they are intended to enhance your listening experience. If your audio song is not mixed properly or is a little bit out of tune then also these headphones will try to make that song sound beautiful.
But for a song recording studio, we have to use such a headphone or speaker that plays the sound as it is recorded actually, so that we can mix the songs in such a way that it sounds good on all audio playing devices. They are little bit costlier than the normal headphones, but believe me, there is no good song production without quality. So we have to invest in a good reference headphone or speaker.
Reference Studio Speakers vs Headphones
Another question comes, that what should we purchase between these two? It means should we take reference speakers (studio monitors) or headphones? The answer is very simple. This depends not only on your budget but also on the studio environment in which you are mixing your song. This also depends on the factor that mostly, songs are listened in the headphones.
For reference speakers, you need to have a well acoustically treated mixing room, so that, there is no reflections from the wall and whatever you listen from the speakers, that should come to your ears without any echoing or reflections. In case of headphones, you can use them everywhere you want! They are obviously not effected by the acoustic treatment of room.
Types of Reference Monitoring Headphones
There are normally two types of reference headphones depending upon their design and purpose:
- Closed back headphones
- Open back headphones.
Closed back headphones are used to listen the background music by a singer so that he can sing on the correct beats and tune. Also, whatever singer is listening from his headphones, should not go back to the microphone, that is why they are called closed back reference headphones.
While the open back headphones are used for mixing and mastering because they provide more detailed audio explanation about the mix.
There is also a mid-product of both two, called Semi Open Back Monitor Headphones.
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