Studio Headphones provide a high-quality sound reproduction experience to help accurately mix, master, and produce music and monitor recordings. They usually have a balanced frequency response, unlike regular playback headphones that may have a boosted bass, for example. This colouration could impact your studio work negatively. MusicMajlis deals with brands like AKG, Audio Technica, Sennheiser, PreSonus, and more, that give you the most accurate listening experience in the industry.
What types of headphones are there?
There are many different types of headphones, made for all kinds of different uses. With studio monitors, the goal is for the frequency response of the drivers to be as flat as possible for reproducing the audio as transparently as possible. There are a few different types of studio headphones, such as Open-Back, Semi-Open and Closed-Back.
Is there a difference between them?
Closed-Back headphones are the most commonly found headphones in studios as their solid ear cup prevents sound from leaking out and also isolates the listener from outside noise. However, due to lack of room acoustics or space, they sound quite dry or raw and tend to trap bass frequencies causing them to sound overemphasised therefore inaccurate. These are not generally used for mixing purposes and are used as a reference or for artists when tracking as there is minimal sound leakage.
Open-Back is exactly what they say there are. Instead of solid ear cups, Open-back headphones have perforations that allow outside sounds to come to the listener, adding room ambience that they may find more natural and pleasing to the ear. Due to their more natural sound, they are more likely to be used with mixing and mastering. The downside to Open-back headphones is the leakage of sound due to the perforations, making them a poor choice to use in loud environments or when recording as microphones will pick up the spillage.
Semi-Open headphones offer a middle ground by using smaller perforation that allows some unwanted frequencies to dissipate and let in some ambience. The sound still leaks through the cups so it is not ideal for recording but in a quiet studio environment, they are good for mixing and mastering with a natural ambience.