It’s critical to have the right equipment when recording or producing music so that you can accurately capture what you’re doing. Studio headphones will let you hear with precision the sounds that are being recorded. As a result, any flaws that a standard headset would miss can be captured. 

When shopping for studio headphones, you’ll come across different types of headphones. Here’s everything you need to know about each headphone type before choosing what studio headphones to buy.

Closed headphones

These types of headphones block the sound from the outside perfectly, which is great for mastering and mixing. You’ll be able to hear every detail of the music that you are listening to, without any surrounding sounds disrupting it. They are also great if you don’t want the sound to disturb others.

Semi-open headphones

Semi-open headphones allow sound leakages while listening to music. They are ideal if you want to perform while recording as they let the singer hear their real voice and the ambient music as well.

Open headphones

Open headphones are also used for mixing and mastering because they help to avoid build-up of certain frequencies, unlike closed headphones. They also give a more accurate sound, similar to listening to music with speakers.

Ultimately, studio headphones of any kind are suggested for precise sound reproduction. However, there is not a perfect pair of headphones for every situation. It all comes down to what the user prefers in terms of sound while producing music. 

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Searching for the right microphone is not an easy task. There are various types of microphones on the market, each with its own set of features. The dynamic microphone, the condenser microphone and the ribbon microphone are the three most common types of microphones that you’ll find. Which one should you buy?

Dynamic microphone

Dynamic microphones are perfect if you are looking for versatility while recording. They are used to capture loud sounds, such as strong vocals, drum sounds or electric guitar cabs. Dynamic microphones function well on low-mid frequency instruments and catch high-pressure sound sources without distorting them.They are also great for live music because of their high resistance to humidity.

Condenser microphone

This type of microphone is used to capture delicate sounds with higher frequency vocals. It can record precise and high-quality sounds. It’s a great choice if you plan to record acoustic guitar sounds, cymbals or piano. However, we don’t recommend using this type of microphone to record loud sounds or if you’ll record in an environment with extreme humidity. Condenser microphones also tend to be more expensive than Dynamic microphones.

Ribbon microphone

Ribbon microphones will capture sound in the most natural way. It will help you achieve a very accurate tone, as you would hear with your own ears. Keep in mind, these microphones are much more expensive than condenser microphones and dynamic microphones.

Here are some microphone recommendations based on the type of sound you wish to record:

·      Acoustic Guitar: Shure SM81, AKG Perception 170

·      Electric Guitar: Sennheiser e609, Shure SM57

·      Drums: Shure SM57, Sennheiser e600

·      Vocals (Strong): Shure SM7B, Shure SM58, AKG C414 Xll

·      Vocals (Voiceovers/podcasts): Shure MV7, Blue Yeti

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Before You Start Recording Your Next Shoot, Do This First

When it comes to video production, the details matter. While most people are focused on the video and images, it’s important not to overlook the sound either. A video with poor sound is simply unwatchable. If you’ve invested in a video production company or even your own audio system, you still need to avoid a few common mistakes that can leave your entire production day behind.

Pay Attention to the Sounds Around You

There are very few locations with no sound. Even if you are in a building, there’s still sound outside or around you. It’s important to focus in on the sounds you hear before you begin to produce the video. Listen to the wind, the people you can hear, and even the sounds from people’s phones. It’s important to know what sounds are present and, if necessary, plan around those sounds.

Don’t Forget the Unexpected Sounds

Sound hazards are another risk for any video production. These are sounds that can occur at any time that you may not be thinking about. They include everything from the sound of a car horn to a fire alarm. Most commonly, the problems related to sounds stem from things like smartphones or alarms. Some of these you can plan for by simply turning them off and ensuring they remain off. Other sounds are hard to control. In all cases, you should be aware of the sounds that could happen.

Don’t Ignore Those Ruffling Noises Either

If you’ve worked in sound or video production, you’ve been annoyed by this concern. These are noises that happen due to the materials being used on the set. For example, it may be the clothing that those onset are using. It could be the sound of shoes on the floor as you are filming. Again, in some cases, you can control these (and should do so). In others, you may have to plan mic locations around them. Be mindful while filming of these often unnoticed sounds.

Props and Movement Sounds

Finally, there are the sounds made that you may find very hard to manage. The scraping of a plate across a table, the sound of a person walking making too much noise, and the sounds of papers are all sounds commonly heard in the production later. It’s important to take steps to minimize these types of sounds whenever it is possible. For example, use carpeting to muffle the sound of footsteps. Avoid using props that are hard to hear over (that is a very important step in the planning stages). Taking every effort you can to control the noise of these types of movement and prop sounds on the set during filming is critically important.

There are situations when you cannot stop an unwanted sound from occurring. In these cases, you’ll need to plan for alternatives, such as moving your audio recording to a different location or changing the position of the set. Being mindful of sound, though, can help to lead to a successful shoot.

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