Best headphones for beat making – Beyerdynamic DT880
If you make your Beats in a Home Studio, chances are you absolutely NEED a professional pair of mixing headphones. Read that again: a PRO pair of MIXING Headphones. Here’s why: recording and mixing headphones are two entirely different thing! Sure, you can record using mixing headphones, but, sound will leak out and get recorded as well. That’s called open back headphones, and are great for mixing purposes, bad for recording. So let’s see what is the best pair of headphones for beat making.
These are the professional studio standards. You probably know how there’s a pair of Yamaha NS 10 in every single professional Studio in the world. Well, chances are sitting next to the white cone monitors there is a a Beyerdynamic DT 880. And for a reason.
These are the best mixing headphones for audio engineers and for beat makers, period. I can’t stress this enough. Here’s what Mike Senior has to say about pro headphones like this one, for a home studio or budget studio: “If you can’t spend at least $2000 on monitors & acoustic, you are better off with a pro pair of open-back mixing headphones”.
This was the first reason I bought them, and my mixes changed drastically since I started using them. You can read full specs & reviews here.
Here’s my own pair of DT880.
- Semi-open (a must for mixing purposes!)
- Analytical sound: seriously, you can hear EVERY tiny detail on these headphones.
- Extra comfortable fit due to the soft padded headband construction
- All components are replaceable
- Shipped in a carrying case
Why Monster Beats can’t compare to DT880 for Beat Making and Mixing
Since everyone always asks: here’s why DT880s are ten times better than Monster Beats, which are not good mixing headphones.
As you can see from the image below, the frequency response – which should be somewhat flat from the low to the high frequencies, of the Monster Beats looks like a roller coaster. Take a look at that bass bump. In these monitors the bass is so loud that it will make you do poor mixing and arranging decisions while Beat making.
Think about it: as a beat maker, you want that bass to pop out nice, maybe in a J Dilla style, or maybe in a new and Trap type of way. You play your bass notes and find out they are so freaking loud and they make you jump. That’s good. Problem is.. well, it’s actually the headphones that make it so loud: the actual mix is bass deficient.
The more you hear the bass in your headphones, the less you are going to push the bass in your Beats. So you pull back down on the volume of your bass or 808, later to find out the bass is completely missing from your mixes when you send it to your favorite rapper who listens to it in the car, etc. That is why you want a flat frequency response, that is why you want Beyerdynamic DT880 and not Monster Beats.
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