To co-incide with the launch of the new studio flagship LCD-MX headphones, owners of Audeze headphones now have “Reveal”, a free plugin that helps you emulate a world class mix room.
This provides the listener with an experience similar to what you would hear from high quality studio reference monitors in an acoustically treated room.
The presets are not meant to fix any issues, but are designed to make mixing on headphones more natural compared to doing it on speakers.
Some users will prefer their headphones without any DSP presets, while others will prefer the “room sound” calibration provided by these Reveal plugin presets.
The Plugin is available in VST, AU, AAX formats and should be inserted as the last plugin on either last on your monitor or master bus, just don’t forget to turn it off when you bounce the project down!
Just select your Audeze headphone and select how much of the emulated tone to mix in.
Here at Scan, we’re specifically loving this with the iSINE’s & LCD-i4 (suggest 50-60% mix), The SINE and closed back EL-8 headphones (100% mix).
The LCD-X and LCD-MX4 already sounds remarkably similar to an amazing mix room, so the difference isn’t as obvious, but it’s great to have a reference.
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…
THESE ARE UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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).
The same is true for studio monitor headphones.
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.
News reaches us today from the team over at Focusrite that they’ve got all sorts goodies lined up over the coming months to tempt us with and we’re doing our level best to extract more details for you all!
First out the starters gate is the Focusrite Scarlett Studio set which whilst it isn’t exactly an all new product it is however ideal for those of you starting out or in need of a smaller project studio set up you can carry around with ease.
So what do you get in the box? Well it comes with our beginners budget interface of choice which is the Scarlett 2i2 and quite possibly the best external interface available around the £100 price point. Packaged with it however are a number of additional extras to get you up and recording with an included Scarlett Studio CM25 Mic, a pair of of Scarlett Studio HP60 headphones and the Scarlett studio suite which includes a copy of Cubase LE 6 and Novations classic Bass Station Vsti and over 1GB of loopmasters royalty-free samples.
So what do Focusrite say about this new pack?
Focusrite Scarlett Studio : Key Features
Studio-quality recording package for your Mac or PC: Scarlett Studio contains everything you need to make professional recordings with your computer
Focusrite recording technology: The Scarlett 2i2 audio interface employs two of Focusrite’s award winning microphone preamps to record at the best quality in its class
Microphone, headphones and cable included: High-quality CM25 condenser microphone and HP60 referencing headphones are included for studio-grade record and playback sound
All the software you need to record and produce music: Includes Cubase 6 LE for recording and mixing, the Focusrite Scarlett plug-ins to add extra effects and processing, Bass Station soft-synth and Loopmasters sample pack
Truly portable – no power supply: If you are using a laptop you can transport your studio in a backpack to your rehearsal space or venue with no need for a mains power supply
Professional audio quality: Scarlett 2i2 offers 24-bit performance at up to 96kHz sampling, with better than 105dB dynamic range on record; better than 102dB on playback.
Built around the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB 2.0 audio interface, Scarlett Studio also includes the studio-grade CM25 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, an XLR cable, and a pair of HP60 monitoring headphones, all finished in stunning red regalia. The suite of recording, editing and processing software allows you to start making music straight out of the box.
The Scarlett 2i2’s dual inputs are perfect for singer/songwriters and electronic music makers alike. The Scarlett Studio CM25 condenser microphone can be used to get a great vocal or acoustic guitar take, while electric guitars, keyboards or other line-level instruments can be simultaneously recorded with the exceptional sound quality afforded by the award-winning Focusrite mic preamps. Scarlett 2i2 has TRS monitor outputs and a front-panel headphones outlet, each with dedicated level controls, and the zero-latency Direct Monitor mode makes tracking a breeze.
Focusrite Scarlett Studio : Individual Bundle Component Breakdown
Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface A two-in, two-out USB 2.0 audio interface that features a pair of award-winning Focusrite preamps, which enable you to capture superb quality recordings from both microphones and instruments. It features an attractive anodised aluminium case that both looks good in the studio and enables it to withstand the rigours of the road. Scarlett 2i2 offers professional 24-bit/96kHz A-D/D-A conversion, plus class-leading analogue and digital circuit design from input to output to ensure pristine audio quality throughout.
Scarlett Studio CM25 Microphone This tailored large-diaphragm electret condenser microphone gives you an excellent sound on all sources, from vocals / acoustic guitars to violins to guitar amps, thanks to its cardioid pickup pattern and frequency response of 30Hz to 20kHz. A quality 3m XLR-XLR microphone cable is also included.
Scarlett Studio HP60 Headphones Reference-quality 60Ω headphones with large drivers and a closed-back design allow you to monitor mixes accurately and overdub vocals and instruments with minimum spill. An extended frequency response of 10Hz to 30kHz ensures you hear all elements in your mix.
Scarlett Studio Software Suite Focusrite has teamed up with Steinberg to include Cubase LE 6 music production software. Record up to 16 tracks of audio and 24 tracks of MIDI, and run VST audio instruments and effects, such as the compressor, reverb, gate and EQ processors included in the Focusrite Scarlett plug-in bundle. Novation’s Bass Station soft synth is also included, as well as over 1GB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.
So what do we reckon to it here at Scan?
Looking at the price point and the chosen components we think this is going to be an ideal entry level box for anyone wishing to do a bit of home recording. It is ideal for singer songwriters or anyone who wishes to track in various elements in the studio to work on later as it is going to be easy to carry around from house to rehearsal space and onto the studio.
We reckon Focusrite could be onto a bit of a winner with this one!