Okay my demo CD is finally done and I just got a pair of AKG K240DF headphones to hear what the demos would sound like. These cans are supposed to be very accurate and flat unlike my old AKG K240s.
I was told my mixes would actually sound like crap through my new headphones since they are so flat and accentuate more mids unlike colored headphones that are tailored to please the ear more. Well to my ears the new AKG K240DFs are MUCH brighter and actually make me think my mix has to much high end now. I\'m really puzzled. [img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img]
I mix on a pair of Mackie HR824 monitors in a room that\'s brutal. High ceilings, windows, etc. I do have my monitors facing a wall with a huge sheet of foam on it to deaden the sound a little. Still doesnt accentuate the highs as much as I\'d like.
Basically what I want to know is, do you guys ever boost your treble on your mixer a little just to see what your demos would sound like on a \'colored\' cheaper system? I have done this with the new AKG headphones and I get absolutley horrible high end digital frequency. I only boost about 3 dbs also.
The thing that puzzles me most is how I can put in a well produced soundtrack CD (Gladiator comes to mind) and boost the treble all the way up and it still doesnt have that brutal high end digital noise. Just good high end.
What\'s going on here? I use Waves Master Bundle EQ and LinMB compressor. These are supposed to be fantastic plugins, but what\'s with the digital noise I hear when I boost the treble a tad? Would I be better off getting a good hardware EQ unit?
Mind you, some of my demos had no EQ added at all and they still sounded very bright, although I did have to cut about 3 dbs of 250k to get rid of the muddiness in some. Is this normal with a pair of flat headphones?
The bottom line is what if the person I send my demo to has a \'treble boost\' feature on his system. My demos will sound horrible.
How much is enough to try and get the mix to sound good on all systems? I A/B on all types of speakers (car, computer speakers, boom boxes) and so far everything sounds fine EXCEPT on the new headphones. Everything is brutally bright through the cans.
I\'m also realizing that software verbs can really f-ck up a mix BIG TIME unless you really know how to tweak it right and still to my ears they sound harsh and brittle.
Should I go out and buy a nice tube amp or tube compressor to warm things up and bring out harmonic content? Maybe that\'s what Im hearing in all of these great produced CDs.
Oh geez...Sorry if this post is ridiculous and so long. I\'m just a bit frustrated that my new demo is done and now I\'m worried it\'s gonna sound like S H I T.
Any advice would be VERY much appreciated on this. I\'m definitely no engineer, I just want to compose music but I\'d also like my demos to be as good I can get them.
Thanks for your time [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]