Headphones (cans) in the Studio

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Headphones (cans) in the Studio

Post by Neo Bri » Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:40 am

Hey frands.

I do a reasonable amount of studio work where I need to wear headphones. Here are the problems:

The phones clank against my horn (especially if I'm playing bass)
Too bulky

If I try earbuds, which are obviously not in the way, I can't wear one of my ears half-way, if that makes sense. I need some sound from the can and some from the section.

Ideally, I'd like a very low-profile set of good headphones for this application. Bear in mind, they really do need to be low-profile. The angle at which I play my horn makes this very necessary.
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Re: Headphones (cans) in the Studio

Post by tbonedude » Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:37 pm

You need something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-DT- ... amic+DT252

I've seen them much cheaper then this set, but single-ear headsets like this are popular for brass and string players in the studio.
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Post by JLivi » Thu May 10, 2018 4:29 pm

I know this post is kind of old, but you should look into in-ear monitors (IEMs). If price is an issue, then you an get the single driver IEMs. I haven't heard anyone talk badly about them, but if you're pretentious about your sound, then you can look in the dual and triple driver IEMs.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... ones-clear

SE 215 (single)
SE 425 (dual)
SE 535 (triple)

On a side note, I also bought a decent pair of Audio Technica Studio Monitors Headphones for my home studio. And I use my IEMs for live stuff.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... headphones

If you bought something already, I'm curious to know what you ended up with.
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Re: Headphones (cans) in the Studio

Post by ddickerson » Fri May 11, 2018 6:20 am

I always use just one earbud in my right ear, and keep the other ear open.
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Re: Headphones (cans) in the Studio

Post by kenkugler » Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:07 am

Stanton DJ Pro 300 - single sided phones. $39.99 at Sam Ash not the greatest fidelity but very usable.

https://www.google.com/shopping/product ... gLEXPD_BwE
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Re: Headphones (cans) in the Studio

Post by Doug Elliott » Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:39 am

I use earbuds with both not all the way in. Usually with the right one almost falling out so I can hear more acoustically, and the left one almost sealing so it has more low end.
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Re: Headphones (cans) in the Studio

Post by TheBoneRanger » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:11 pm

kenkugler wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:07 am
Stanton DJ Pro 300 - single sided phones. $39.99 at Sam Ash not the greatest fidelity but very usable.
I've been trying to locate some of these for over a year. Out of stock everywhere. Likely long discontinued...

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Re: Headphones (cans) in the Studio

Post by ssking2b » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:40 am

tbonedude wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:37 pm
You need something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-DT- ... amic+DT252

I've seen them much cheaper then this set, but single-ear headsets like this are popular for brass and string players in the studio.
I've been using a set of these for over 2 years in the studio. They fit around my tenor and bass bones...and the sound is great. I also carry a Rolls headphone amp in case I need more volume than the studio's headphone amp can provide.
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Re: Headphones (cans) in the Studio

Post by ExZacLee » Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:04 am

Those DT 252s look cool - I might need to see if we can req some next time we purchase headphones!

Sony MDR V6 used to be my fave - they look like they may be a bit different now so try a pair at Guitar Center or somewhere before buying. I liked them because I could fold one side up above my ear - didn't get in the way of my bell that way. They're about $100
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... A514&smp=Y

A good pair of closed back phones like this is great to have in your arsenal - notice the swivel joints. I do not know why this isn't offered as an option on more "high end" cans. Not only does it allow you to fold up the side, it's comfy that way.

If you get in-ears, be kind to yourself. It's really easy to get used to a level of volume that will do damage over the long term - even more-so than cans. Also, be careful with your click volume when using them: when I'm tracking down click bleed, it's coming from in-ears more often than not. To be fair to the in-ear fans, this is usually from players with noticeably damaged hearing - if you keep your click level low it shouldn't be an issue. The only time I used in-ears and liked the experience, they had a separate engineer for our headphone mix and on stage monitors and the guy was pretty on top of it. Good engineers make good equipment sound great.
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