FOCAL SPIRIT PROFESSIONAL
Any Regular readers of this blog will know that every now and then, a product comes along that causes me to shout very loudly…. OK, here goes…
I’ll calm down for a minute and explain something….
In the same way that certain monitor speakers can ‘colour’ the sound of your mix, i.e. they can accentuate certain frequencies to boost or cut the highs and lows, the same is true of headphones.
In the world of Hi-Fi, this sort of thing is not only common practice, but it is considered one of the prime reasons for buying a certain brand of headphone over another, i.e. you ‘like the sound of them’.
In the world of the recording studio however, exactly the reverse is true. Or should be…..
The goal in recording studios is to monitor exactly what is being output from the desk/computer in order to mix it precisely for your needs. That’s why top studio’s pay literally 10’s of 1000’s of pounds for monitor speakers which accurately reflect your m8ix, warts and all. After all, the last thing you want is a mix that sounds good on your speakers, but sounds dreadful everywhere else (and believe me this is very possible).
In a studio, you can probably get away with lesser quality headphones when it comes to tracking instruments, and to a lesser extent Vocals, but when it comes to Mixing, (and there are times when you’re forced to mix on headphones, either because of noise constraints in home studios at night, or mixing on a laptop whilst travelling..) there is no way you can afford to compromise.
Here at Scan we take our listening skills very seriously.
We have industry professionals at the heart of our team, and we are merciless when it comes to quality. (Our very own Tom recently paid $2000.00 for his current studio phones..)
Every one of our team was so impressed with these Focal Pro’s that we each bought a pair.
That’s how good they are.
THEY ARE JUST AWESOME!!!!
The first thing I discovered when I got them home wasn’t just the detail within the sound, but the stereo imaging was absolutely bang on. You can stand in front of your studio monitors, and match the volume between phones and monitors, then remove them and put them back to your hearts content, the imaging is exactly the same, and that is a very, very good thing.