|Originally posted by elnero
As a very basic example, when mixing in the studio vocals are generally placed in the center of the soundstage. Other instruments are then placed around the main vocals. This is just general speculation on how I think I would go about this, but I would generally start placing instruments to the left and use another instrument in a similar freq range to balance it to the right. Now knowing myself I would probably place a more dominant instrument, like lead guitar, first so it would end up in the left channel and a less dominant instrument might be used, like rhythm guitar, to balance it in the right. Thus you have a recording that is slightly left dominant. I think this is true of a lot of recordings and is only accentuated by the psychological left to right "reading" of the listener. Again, this is just a basic analogy. I don't know if it's actually true and it's only speculation on my part.
Interesting speculation. Actually, now that you mention it, I really don't know a whole lot about the studio recording process...I'm sure there are plenty on this board who do, and who might have some insight into typical ways of doing balance for instruments.
Back to the original question in this thread....which has new interest for me, as I've just ordered a pair of W1000s
My front-runner right now is getting one of the Gilmore V2 kits, but I've always had a hankering to try out some tube stuff. Okay, maybe the specs don't look as good on paper, but they, like, glow and stuff. Very geek chic.
The problem seems to be that a lot of tube amps don't do their best with low impedance phones. The ubiquitious MG Head, for example....despite the specs saying that the selectable output impedance allows it to work well with all headphones, the imminent introduction of the OTL32 indicates that this really isn't the case.
I see reco's for the microZOTL and other, more expensive tube amps. Are there any tube amps in a cheaper range ($300-$400) that might mate well with the W1000s?