I’ve been doing this a lot recently. I don’t have much space currently in our home and also I’m rebuilding the studio and buying gear etc.
I’m using my Sony MDR-1R headphone’s to pre-mix, then when I dig my new monitors out I reference the mix. Some audio observations from headphone to monitors:
After pre-mixing my tracks on ‘phones’ everything seems balanced and sitting well.
So it seemed anyway….
When referencing the mix on my monitors some issues appeared:
- The low end seemed to be overpowering on speakers, the MDR-1R’s must not reproduce a lot of low end so I end up compensating.
- Midrange on the Sony’s are smooth, however speakers reveal it isn’t as smooth as first thought.
- The high end is smooth on the Sony’s very smooth. Not so much on speakers, everything seems a little harsh up top so not great for trying to mix on.
In summary when mixing on these phones I need to cut the low end a bit. Compensate for slightly harsher mids and more so in the highs.
You’re probably asking so what’s the point of this post?
Well It’s a lesson all about getting used to the gear you have and what it behaves like, then adapt as nessaccery.