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Headphones for Recording

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by gainiac, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. gainiac

    gainiac Senior Member

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    I just got myself a pair of Sony 7509's.

    Quite a few people I've spoken to say these are bright.

    They certainly have a bit of "hype" in the high end but I bought them specifically for tracking and general listening. What I really dig about them is that I can really hear what I'm doing with the pick.

    Isolation seems pretty good too. My wife was complaining 'cause I still had my Events pumping whilst listening to "Hectic Watermelon". I had forgotten to mute 'em.

    Overall I'd say tight and bright with girthful lows. Oh, comfy too!!!

    What do you use?

    For listening?

    Tracking?

    Mixing?
     
  2. loudboy

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    I've always been a fan of AKG 240-Ms. Just recently got a pair of Grado SR-60s at a garage sale and they're very impressive, too.

    The Sony's are good for the tracking talent, as they're loud and hyped, but I can't really use 'em for anything else.

    Loudboy
     
  3. gainiac

    gainiac Senior Member

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    I keep hearing that as good as Grado's may be they're not comfortable.

    What do you like about the AKG 240-Ms?
     
  4. loudboy

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    I'll agree that the Grado's get a little uncomfortable.

    The 240s are VERY comfortable, and have relatively flat response. I've used them for years, and just have a real handle on how they sound.

    Loudboy
     
  5. suprotennessee

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    In our studio, we have 3 pairs of the the Audio Technica __-40s (I am bad with model numbers... they are black and they sell them at Guitar Center), as well as the silver Sony headphones (the "DJ" phones... again, sorry I am bad with model numbers, and yeah, they sell them at Guitar Center, also).

    Anyway, the AT's are always better for drummers and bass players during live basic tracking, as they are better with low end, and if we are using a click track, they don't destroy the person's hearing in the high end. They are also lighter, so if the person moves around a lot, they won't fall off as easily.

    The Sonys have that brighter quality you talk about, and they are good for singers and acoustic guitar overdubs. I agree, they block out the outside sound quite well, too. They don't do as well with the low end, and they do fall off people's heads occasionally.

    I don't think either are too great for mixing, but whenever I have a pair in the control room during mixing, its going to be the AT's. They just sound a little nicer to me, though they do have a bit of a bulge in the 400-500 hz range.
     
  6. Bassomatic

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    I've always been a AKG 240 guy too, but have recently switched to Senheiser HD 280 pros, especially dig their increased isolation for vocal takes, and they've become my iPod Nano headset for when i'm puttering around the house, so have quickly become a known quantity with the vast amount of material I know well piping through them much of the day. Super comfy, too.
     
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    Bassomatic Silver Supporting Member

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    This has been my experience too.
     
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    I always use Sennheiser HD600 for mixing (if I ever have to use headphones for mixing), which are VERY articulate are reveal everything - very comfortable too, and for tracking I use Fostex T20 almost exclusively.
     
  9. TAVD

    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    I use ATH-40fs for drums & bass & AKG K271 for everything else.
     
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    beyerdynamic dt 931
     
  11. Greggy

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    HD 280 pros for tracking. Never mix on headphones, but do use them for deep listening for varied annoyances in the mix or on tracks (like the sound of my wife yelling at my son downstairs bleeding into a guitar track recorded with a very sensitive KM184).
     
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    Another big vote for the Sen HD 280's.
     
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    tedm Gold Supporting Member

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    I also like the V6's, sometimes harder to find, but as good or better.

     
  14. Miles

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    For straight recording loud amps or drums, I use Vic Firth noise cancelling Headphones, and then mix using Sony Studio monitor headphones, then mix on studio monitors.
     
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    I hear ya, Greggy![​IMG]
     
  16. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    Another fan of the AKG's here.
     
  17. Greggy

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    The life of a home recordist.:) I need to build her a soundproof room.
     
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    One pair HD280Pro, one pair MDR7506.

    I prefer the 7506 but the HD280Pro has very good attenuation.
     
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    I don't mix with headphones but I track and use HD280 Pro all the time.
    Great headphones and not expensive...
     
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    V6 is the same as 7506 but doesn't have replaceable parts.
     

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