The studio headphones has a quite important role in recording studio as well as music production. Therefore, in your own home recording studio, you have to buy at least a pair of studio headphones. So, which studio headphones is BEST for home recording studio? You will find out it in this part. Here we go!
First, why you should own a studio headphones?
Purpose of studio headphones is similar with studio monitors, which is bring us the truest audio quality so that we can monitor sound quality during we’re recording as well as mixing.
With studio headphones, they have one feature that studio monitor doesn’t have which is isolating us from the noise outside and less bothering other people.
The studio headphones are mainly used for tracking record and mixing. So, should you use it for mastering? I think you can but it’s just a secondary tool for different aspect of your mastering. You shouldn’t use it as the only tool to do mastering.
Which Studio Headphones is BEST for Home Recording Studio?
Studio headphones have two main designs, closed-back headphones and open-back headphones. I’ll take about features of each one.
1#: Closed-Back Headphones
Closed-Back Headphone is close design, it gives us big benefit by isolating sound we’re listening from outside noise. Therefore, this design is ideal for recording process.
Assuming you’re singing, all sounds the headphone gives you are just your voice and the theme music. With this design, sound is hard to escape from headphones. Therefore, microphone won’t receive sound from headphones, just receive your voice.
And a question here is: Can we mix music with closed-back headphones?
Yes, you can! I myself used closed-back headphones to do mixing and the quality was acceptable. However, when you listen to music through closed-back headphones, you’ll feel the song’s space wrap fit in your head, it’s not a quite “open” feeling.
2#: Open-Back Headphones
Now is the second design’s turn, open-back headphones. Different from closed-back headphones, this not close design. So, when you listen to music, people next to you from 3ft – 6ft can also hear what you’re listening.
Because of the bad sound isolation, open-back headphones don’t suit for recording process. But its good point is the sound seems more open, more natural than closed-back headphones’ so it suits mixing process.
Closed-back design usually give you a little stronger bass sound feeling and open-back design give the feeling a quite natural low sound. Of course, this feature depends on models. Therefore, when buying, you should check carefully and try on listening first before paying.
Remember these information:
- Closed-back headphones isolate sound well, suit for recording process.
- Open-back headphones isolate sound bad but sound is open and natural so suit well for mixing process.
In case you can just have one studio headphones but you want to use it for both recording and mixing and other work, I recommend closed-back headphones. It is a BEST studio headphone choice for your considering.