Even if you aren’t a music producer, you probably own a pair of headphones. They’re the obvious choice when listening to music in public, and even at home as well. If you are an aspiring music producer, a good pair of headphones is more than essential. Aside from a laptop, they’re pretty much the only other necessity.
What makes a good pair of headphones? Well, the first is control. Ideally, you want your pair of headphones to have the flattest response possible. This means that there are no boosts or cuts in the high, mid or low frequencies. Think of it in terms of a visual EQ. If it’s totally flat, no frequencies have been altered – if they have, your song might be a bit more bass/treble/mid heavy.
A completely flat response will make your mixes much more accurate. This way you will hear the exact signals coming from your DAW without any modifications from your headphones. What you hear is actually how it sounds. What makes one pair of headphones better than the other in terms of producing music is frequency response.
Another factor is comfort. As music producers, we can be in the studio for hours on end, putting a lot of strain on our eyes and ears. If the equipment you are using is low quality, it can tire you out much faster for less efficient production.
The final factor is of course price. Headphones can range anywhere from $100 to $1000 to $10,000 (there are even some pairs that exceed $100,000). It would obviously be best if you could get the most expensive and best quality headphones, but sometimes that’s just not in the budget. Also, you really don’t need to spend that much to get a good mix.
In my opinion, the best headphones to get for music production are the Audio Technica ATH-M50X monitor headphones. These headphones are fantastic quality, and I along with a lot of my musician friends will give you a glowing testimonial. At only a $150 price point, these critically acclaimed headphones have been praised by award winning producers and engineers. The materials are super high quality, they’re fairly comfortable, and most importantly they sound great. They’re also good for DJing.
There are, however, a few drawbacks to these headphones. After a while, they start to put a bit of strain on your ears, although this will happen with most over-ear headphones. They’re also a bit leaky, and they don’t have the flattest frequency response.
With that being said, with an $150 price tag, these are the best headphones you can get for music production in that price range. As an essential part of any studio, these headphones are a great choice if you’re just a beginner and even if you’re an experienced music producer.