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ILLbino - one of WA's finest
Member Since: Feb 10, 2004

So I have been thinking of better ways to mix all my sounds together.

One of my affiliates was telling me that the best way to mix is on a set of flat speakers.

So I have these audio technica ATH-M40FS flat response headphones. I know headphones aren't the best tool to mix with, but these are very popular for preliminary mixing.

Anyway, his theory was that if you can make it sound good on a set of flat speakers, it should sound good on almost all speakers. Is this true? Do high end priced monitors have a flat response sound? Suggestions?

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Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Sep 30, 2004 01:11 am

Ya studio monitors are made to give you a true stereo image, and flat response which allows you to get a good audio balance between sounds. Now will that sound good on any speaker? Maybe. Often you still have to listen to your mixes to understand how they translate to different stereo systems e.g. home, car, boom box, alarm clock.

pSyChOTTic-da caps spell me name
Since: Aug 07, 2004

Oct 02, 2004 08:34 pm

Adding to what Walt said...When mixing with flat monitors, it's improtant to remember that "flat" means they don't favor any particular frequency. That being said, it's important to realize that most of today's bookshelf type stereos possess an enormous boost in the lower frquencies. "What's dat gotsta do wif me?" ya might ask. If you're mixing on flat monitors, remember not to over EQ the lower frequencies. When played back thru one of them new stereos, the bass might be too loud. The key is to mix flat, using your flat monitors. I sometimes play great sounding CD's thru my monitors so i can get some sort of idea what "flat" sounds like.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Oct 03, 2004 05:36 pm

Good call Zilla! Excellent way to "learn" your monitors!

just a good guesser
Since: Oct 04, 2004

Oct 05, 2004 02:45 pm

Zilla that is an awesome idea.. i never thought of just playing a great cd through my monitors in order to get some sort of reference. sweet!

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