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Been researching for hours on what to buy and its become discouraging

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Im a traveler and Im wanting to produce music on the go using Ableton on my PC laptop, cause I have no place for a studio. I was wanting to purchase a set under $200, but after doing a bunch of review research, Im starting to think that I should save a bit more money and get a higher quality pair that will be more suitable for mixing/mastering. The problem I see with that is not having an amp/interface to power them, so I decided to join Head-Fi so I can directly ask for suggestions on what to do. Im going to be producing more bass heavy Hip-Hop/Electronic music. Im a complete newb when it comes to this, so any recommendations are appreciated. PLEASE just dont tell me I shouldnt be mixing/mastering with headphones!!! Thank you!

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I'm not a music producer, but I think there are two schools of thought on mixing/mastering:

1) Use headphones that are as neutral as possible. This lets you mix the music to the midpoint instead of at one extreme or the other.

2) Use headphones that mimic the sound your customers will hear. So, if you are mixing music that is played in a hip-hop club with pounding bass, then mix using bass heavy headphones.

I think you will want to use closed headphones to provide isolation from the environment noise, and to give isolation to the environment from your music. wink.gif

Maybe someone with real experience in mixing can provide better advice.
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I am aware of those basics qualities that Im going to need. Im more or less wanting to know if I should work towards getting a more expensive set and acquiring an amp to power them, or if there's a set that doesnt need anything extra and can do everything Im looking for. I was looking at the ATH M50's, KRK KNS 8400, and Shure SRH840's, but I kept reading mixed reviews on all of them cause of what they were being used for. I havent even really begun to look into any set in a higher price range yet, because Im trying to find out from some producers what they would suggest. Thanks for commenting billybob! 

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I am aware of those basics qualities that Im going to need. Im more or less wanting to know if I should work towards getting a more expensive set and acquiring an amp to power them, or if there's a set that doesnt need anything extra and can do everything Im looking for. I was looking at the ATH M50's, KRK KNS 8400, and Shure SRH840's, but I kept reading mixed reviews on all of them cause of what they were being used for. I havent even really begun to look into any set in a higher price range yet, because Im trying to find out from some producers what they would suggest. Thanks for commenting billybob! 

 

KRK 8400s are good for tracking and recording just a bit uncomfortable and lacking on the low end. Since you are going to be working with probably bass-heavy tracks, just be careful not to overcompensate. My fave for recording were the Shure SRH940s, similar characteristics to the KRKs but more comfortable (to me) and more even in the mids to highs transition. Again, bass-light. ;) Both of these can be driven Ok by most sources. Depends on what you get, you can opt for an Audioquest Dragonfly DAC and be done with it. ;-)

 

Most of what studio use though are Sony cans either V6/7509, etc. There's a lot of good praises for the Sony MDR7520s on the board and I'm pretty sure sound is more rounded against the Shure and KRK. I also have Spider Moonlight Studio headphones but sincerely don't recommend them... heavy, huge, crap cables, etc. and the Yamaha MT220 which I absolutely like a lot and has a very good response and PRaT!

 

So those would be my recommendations. Most go over your $200 budget but I guess you could find some cheap used on the "For Sale For Trade" forum.

 

Take this with a grain of salt though.

I'm no producer, no artist, etc. I just record some snippets and stuff like that with my guitar.

 

 

Thanks and good luck!

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I have a pair of ATH-M50s and if I were to mix something (which is something that I do not do), I would not think they would be a good pair to accomplish that.  The mids are a bit recessed and they are a bit bass heavy.  Reasonably pleasurable for casual listening on my ears, but I would think it would force heavy mid/weak bass mixes...

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