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UniqueSquared
May 7, 2013

Monitors vs headphones: which is best for mixing?

It funny since I was just talking about the pros cons of open ear cueing versus closes ear cueing.  It came down to a dynamic relationship between the live sound and your ability to keep your cueing levels constant during the mix.  Well, perhaps we should talk about a few more intricate aspects of cueing – and that is the type of monitors you use.  One thing we should note here is that even though most mixers will have a separate controlled output for a set of monitors, many do not feel the need to even use them at all.  There are good reasons for that and monitors really only make sense when your loudspeakers begin to make the live sound incomprehensible (or they are placed at large distances).

When you actually do begin to use monitors the first thing you need to find is a balance between them and …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 20, 2012

Tip of the Day: The Audio Sweet Spot

If you take a gander at the different types of houses your DJ friends live in, you’ll notice that they’re built completely different and the speakers might not be setup in the areas that you would have them.  It might look like a bedroom with a simple table with two speakers on each end, or it might be a brick loft with high ceilings and much to echo on.  No matter where they live, there is always an area in the room where the speakers sound better than ever.  This is known as the sweet spot.

The sweet spot is an area where everything lines up magically, usually adjacent to some sort of seat or cushion.  Ideally, the couch should be the preferred area of the sweet spot – but this also leads to other issues too, like etiquette.  One should never hog the sweet spot if showing it off …