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Tim McCulloch

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Re: Recommend some under-500 dollar home studio monitors.
« Reply #30 on: January 16, 2020, 03:01:52 am »

This is my first choice actually. I really don't know much about headphones because I rarely actually use them. Even live. But the Grado name consistently keeps coming up year after year with top marks.

I have had my Shure SRH440's for a few years and have barely used them. Mostly checking IEM packs or troubleshooting. I never use them for mixing really.

Mixing over cans is a different experience, IMHO.  If Dick Rees were still participating here I'm sure he could fill us in - much of his live work was direct-to-2 track for broadcast and all were mixed in part on GK UltraPhones.
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Re: Recommend some under-500 dollar home studio monitors.
« Reply #31 on: January 16, 2020, 09:33:14 pm »

There are many good choices for monitor speakers and headphones. But no matter which you ultimately choose, I wholeheartedly recommend getting a copy of this software from Sonarworks:

https://www.sonarworks.com/reference

This is a sound driver that can correct your speakers for your mixing room so that you hear as flat a response as possible. You can purchase their special calibrated reference mic, or you can use one of your own. I had one left over from an old Peavey VSX26 (for the built-in RTA function). Any similar calibration mic will work.

Using this software driver makes a world of difference in the quality of your output mix when using a PC and near-field monitors in less-than-acoustically-perfect rooms.

I have the Scarlett 2i2 interface, JBL LSR305 speakers and a set of Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro headphones. I purchased the Sonarworks package and calibrated my speakers to be "flat". Sonarworks comes already with built-in presets for a number of popular headphones. You can easily switch the EQ correction back and forth between your speakers and headphones.
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