The Headphone Mixing Course is designed to teach you the essential skills necessary to create professional sounding mixes using headphones. Whether you work primarily with speakers or exclusively with headphones, this course will teach you how to create mixes that translate to both.
Headphones offer many advantages over speakers but also come with inherent issues that must be understood to be an effective tool for mixing. This class starts with the basics.
This class wades through the available headphone enhancement software options and how to integrate them into your mixing workflow.
It's not enough to just listen to commercial productions on your headphones, you must become consciously aware of imaging, depth and separation characteristics. Regardless of your headphone model, understanding them with the most intimate detail is essential to making good mixing decisions.
This class will begin the mixing process by teaching you how to translate level and pan decisions into headphones.
Frequency balancing is perhaps the most difficult technique to master in headphones. The proximity of the drivers to our ear drums creates a false sense of density particularly in the lower frequency spectrum. This class will focus on those issues and how it affects the perception of the entire frequency spectrum.
Density and imaging characteristics in headphones translate differently than they do through speakers. This class will focus on those differences and how to make your mix translate to both worlds.
Where speakers set a sense of space that is mostly in front of you, headphones set the listener in the center of the experience of space. Understanding the Sound Field Inversion Principle is critical to creating space with early reflections, reverb and effects.
This class will focus on the adjustments and techniques necessary to make your headphone mix translate effectively to speakers. If you are not working with physical monitors, the integration of control room emulating software is critical to making adjustments.
Automation is the process of shaping the flow of the production from top to end. The objectives are the same for speakers or headphones but bridging the translation between the two mediums is critical for compatibility.
The final 'glue' for any mix resides in the processing of mix stems and the mix buss. Integrating Headphone and Control Room Monitoring into the process is necessary to finish the process. This class will focus on that integration and what adjustments are necessary to bridge the gap.
The emergence of headphone specific mixes is here. The degree to which it succeeds or fails is in the hands of Apple, Dolby Digital Labs and Sony and any other company that gets into the fray. This Bonus Class will discuss the binaural technologies that are currently available on streaming services and what current tools are available for you to utilize in your mix sessions.