Do You Mix With Headphones?

Over the last few weeks I’ve been asking you, my cute little readers, a couple of questions, such as:

You guys give some really great answers, so let’s do it again, shall we?

How do you mix your songs? Do you use headphones? Do you use studio monitors? Are you a 90% monitors, 10% headphones kinda guy? Are you 100% one way or the other?

I talked about this briefly in the latest podcast. I’m particularly interested, since I’m working on mixing my album right now. I can definitely see the pros and cons of both methods of mixing. I’ll post my thoughts in a day or so, but FIRST, I want to hear from you.

Leave a comment. Tell us if you prefer headphones, monitors, or both. Also, be sure to tell us why.

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Check Your Mixes EVERYWHERE

Right now I’m sitting in my studio. Later this afternoon I need to do a final mix-down on a song. Everything is pretty close to where it needs to be. Now it just comes down to the final tweaks, automation moves, etc.

However, before I can smile and say, “Done!” I need to check my mix on as many systems as I can. You can never check your mixes enough.

Before I go any further, check out this picture. I’ve got a few different monitoring options. How many do you see? We’ll see if you’re right at the end of this article.


Ask Joe #10 – Gear Rentals, Active vs Passive Studio Monitors, & Printing Instruments & Effects

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I had a nice handful of questions this week. Three to be exact. Let’s dive on in.

Question #1

Shawn wrote:

Hi Joe,
I am recording a instrumental jazz/bossa nova piece with classical guitar.  I have a mbox2, AT 4033, MXLV69, AKG C1000S, and a Universal Audio 2610.  Should I rent a mic or a to d conv and go digital in on the mbox.  I have no space and like the acoustics of my bathroom.  What would be the best option for the limited budget.  A U87 is $30 a day.  The rosetta I think 800 is $100 per day.
Thank you so much for your time.


Ask Joe #7 – Connecting an Apogee Rosetta 200 to Studio Monitors

This week I’ve just got one question. If you have any questions for me, please ask via the Ask Joe form.

Mike wrote:
Was thinking of getting an Apogee Rosetta 200 converter. Do my monitor speakers get connected to the outs on the converter?


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Thanks Mike. This is a great question. First of all, kudos on picking the Rosetta 200. I’m a big fan of Apogee, and I think you’ll love the sound of the Rosetta.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Apogee Rosetta 200 is a two-channel converter from Apogee. It has two channels of analog-to-digital  converters and two channels of digital-to-analog converters.

The Rosetta is a standalone converter, meaning that it doesn’t have any sort of direct connection to your computer (although they do offer an additional firewire option). In most cases, the Rosetta connects to your audio interface via either a S/PDIF, ADAT, or AES connections.

For example, if I was going to buy a Rosetta 200 for my Pro Tools system, I would connect it to the S/PDIF inputs and outputs on the back of my 003. 

Why buy an external converter?


Ask Joe #5 – Setting Up a Home Studio

This episode of Ask Joe is a bit on the long side, but Chris asked some really good questions, and I think a lot of readers have the same sort of questions, so here we go!

Chris wrote:

First, great website. I’ve been dabbling in home recording for a few years now, and this is by far the most user-friendly and intuitive user-generated website I’ve seen. It’s a great service, and I really appreciate it.

As I indicated, I’ve been “dabbling” in home recording for a few years. I initially got into it to make hip hop beats (a phase I went through) and to record basic guitar/vocal demos. Here’s my current rig: