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The Best Headphones for Audio Production


What are some of the best headphones you can get for your mix with them but also be able to take them on the road.

Regardless of what you want to use them for, here are some suggestions for the best headphones for all the situations that might pop up.

Sennheiser HD-202

Cheap, sturdy and sound good. I use these for tracking and they work great.

Sennheiser HD-280 Pro

I used these at my old job where I taught kids about music production and engineering. I barely knew more than them at the time but I did know that this high-end pair sounds amazing.

AKG K-77

The SAE Insitute I studied at had boatloads of these to use for tracking and mixing purposes. Certainly a contender for the home recording studio.

Ultrasone Pro-900

They don’t get any better than this. Ultrasone make some of the best headphones on the market. But don’t take my word for it, listen to the man at the top talk about them in the video below.

Audio Technica ATH-M50

These headphones are great for mixing live sound due to their easy one ear monitoring. When I’m doing live sound I like checking each instrument with headphones and for that they get my vote.

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones

Extremely expensive sounding. These have a switch on them that filters out any outside noise so you feel alone with your music. These are the best headphones if you need to work in noisy environments, or hate plane noise. It’s all gone with a flick of a switch.

Direct Sound Extreme Isolation Headphones

These headphones will not bleed any sound to a live microphone when you are recording. They are great for drummers that want a loud click-track to their drum-kit to.

What headphones are you using in your production?  Many people swear by their specific headphone brand and model so let me know what you are currently using.

Remember though, the best headphones in the world won’t make a badly recorded song sound good.


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