What gear for creating a headphone mix for a band?



Asked by: Matt Robinson

Basically, you need a separate h’phone amp for each band member in order to facilitate personal mixes for each. If it was just for vox, then the same mix would surely do for all. That’s what you end up with when going through the p.a. with no separate monitors (or simply one monitor mix).

How do you make a headphone mix?





To create a headphone monitor mix, you use an aux send on each input channel on your mixing board. The send level on each aux send acts as the volume level of the track going to the headphones. You can adjust these volumes by talking to the musician or vocalist to see what they want in their mix.

How do you mix music with headphones?

Here’s how to mix with headphones:

  1. Use open-back headphones.
  2. Use reference tracks.
  3. Double check your mix on speakers.
  4. Mix at a low volume.
  5. Use Sonarworks and/or Waves NX.


When recording the headphone mix is created from?

A headphone mix may be generated inside a DAW or using an external mixer. In either case, a pre-fader send is generally used, so that the engineer/producer in the control room can adjust the faders controlling the mix they hear, without affecting the headphone mix of the performers.

Do you need special headphones for mixing?





Use High-quality Open-back Headphones



And while this bass bump makes for fun, engaging listening, it is counterproductive to attaining a great mix. If you’re mixing on headphones, we recommend a high-quality open-back set like the Sennheiser HD 800 S, Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro, or the Audio-Technica ATH-R70x.

How do you make a head mix in Pro Tools?


So in Pro Tools they're right here and what you want to do is basically have a send to in this case analog three and four it's on my interface. And Pro Tools.

What is a cue mix?

It’s a mix you send to headphones for e.g. a vocalist to start laying down their part. ‘Cue’ because it provides the timing template for the vocalist to come in on.

Should I mix with headphones or monitors?

In general, mixing on studio monitors is always preferable. That doesn’t mean that good work hasn’t ever been done on headphones, but it just isn’t all that common. Headphone mixes often lack depth and wind up being very in-your-face and loud.

Is it better to mix with headphones or speakers?

Compared to using speakers in an untreated room, working on headphones can actually deliver a more accurate mixing environment.



What volume should you mix at?

So… what volume should you mix at? To hear the most accurate representation of your music, you should mix at 85db to 90db while EQing and critical listening. The rest of the time you should mix at a volume level that allows for a conversation without raising your voice.

How important are good headphones for mixing?

Some balance and level issues can be trickier with headphones. Just as when you use good monitor speakers in a well treated control room, with a good set of headphones you’ll be able to hear so far into the details of a mix that each instrument will be clearly audible even when its level is too low.

What volume should I mix at with headphones?

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Can you master music with headphones?

Regardless of if you’re working in an ideal studio space, mastering music using headphones will allow you to produce masters that translate well to an assortment of playback systems more effectively.

How do you DJ with headphones?

You turn it to stereo. Your headphones are going to hear whatever you send down them in the left. And the right in the blue the pink.

Can you master in headphones?

The converse isn't necessarily. True if you create a great sounding master on headphones there are things that we can do in headphones because of the control.

How do you mix low end headphones?

Your speakers, your room and your headphones are tricking you.



  1. Tip 1 – Pay Close Attention to Attack and Release Times.
  2. Tip 2 – Compress the Kick and Bass Together.
  3. Tip 3 – Heavily Compress the Low End of the Bass.
  4. Tip 4 – Use Sidechain Compression on the Bass.
  5. Tip 5 – Use Multiband Compression on the Mix Buss.


How do you mix like a pro?

Have A Step By Step Plan

  1. Why your mixes likely sound small and underwhelming.
  2. The art of Top Down mixing and how it can give you better mixes with fewer plugins.
  3. Your mix isn’t finished unless it’s passed the Radio Mix Test.
  4. Yes, you should be mixing your tracks to sound “mastered”


What DB should my 808 be at?

around -18 dBFS



Instead of dressing up an 808 with half-a-dozen signal processors, just try making it louder than the other instruments. Start with all your faders down. Bring up the 808 so it’s at a reasonable level in your DAW (probably somewhere around -18 dBFS).

How do you make clear mixes?

10 Mixing tips and tricks to create a clear mix

  1. Bass your worse enemy.
  2. Use Reverb as delay.
  3. Side chain compress the import parts that need it.
  4. Parallel compress your drums.
  5. avoid the stereo imager in the mix use mid side routing instead.
  6. phase / delay to create space.
  7. notch filter to create space.

How do you make a mix sound crisp?

And go through the frequencies. And whenever it sounds a little bit more pleasing a little bit more warm. Then just keep it a tiny bit boost. It at that frequency.

Why do my mixes sound so muddy?

The most common part of a mix that gets muddy is the 200-500Hz area. Fixing it is as easy as carving out a bit of space in these frequencies. Go back to your EQ insert on the tracks that are still sounding a bit muffled. Select the frequency range that you’d like to target and tweak it until it’s sounding better.