Life isn’t all about renovation, sometimes you have to have a little fun. If you know me, then you know I’m all about recording and assembling music. The most common instruments that are recorded are either the keyboard or the guitar. The reason most likely is that both of these instruments can stand alone. Recording a song you wrote? Just grab a guitar or keyboard, and you are ready. But of course, there will be other pieces of equipment that will be needed to record and finalize a complete song. You need your computer, audio interface, DAW, microphone, and headphones. Those should be enough for a quick recording session.
In order to produce recordings with great quality and sound, the pieces of equipment that you use should also be of high quality. Some of them, like the microphone and headphones, may be found in common music stores and may be offered in a wide range of prices. But remember that they are not all the same and they often have different uses. Studio headphones are used for recording and editing, as opposed to more prominent headphone brands that are more intended for listing to music on your phone or computer for pleasure. This type of headphones is generally referred to as common or consumer headphones. There are also headphones used for gaming which usually have a microphone attached with it. For recording and mixing, you mainly want to stick to studio headphones.
What’s the difference between studio headphones and the other types? Unlike consumer headphones that are more focused on boosting and improving the sound, studio headphones are the opposite. They produce a more accurate sound because so that you can hear what is truly there when you are mixing. If there is something that needs improvement, you will be able to hear that and correct the problem.
Now that we know the difference, the next question would be how to choose a set of headphones especially for recording your guitar performances? An added fact about this is that they can also be used for practice, so this is a bonus. In choosing headphones, here are the factors you need to know.
1. The quality
Unfortunately, high-quality studio headphones come at a price. But having a long lasting set of headphones will be of utmost importance because they will stay with you as you progress on your musical journey, and you won’t have to buy new ones every step of the way.
2. The sound
Of course, the mark of a great pair of headphones is the quality of sound that they produce. But as said before, what defines a good set of recording headphones is not about boosted bass and treble, it is more about how accurate the tones will be when they’re played back. They also have a wide frequency ranges for maintaining a tonal balance and flatness of frequency.
3. The comfort
Unlike any other equipment, studio headphones are generally worn all the time. Not only do you wear them during recording and mixing, but you’ll also wear them during practicing, which at times could take hours. This is why it is not only important for your headphones to have good sound quality, but you should also know if they are comfortable enough to use for a long period of time. All you need to do is to know about the materials of the ear pads. Consider also the weight. The heavier sets of headphones are usually less comfortable than the alternatives.
If you are still confused or do not know where to start, asking for recommendations and reading reviews will be a good help.