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21. Mixing Your Podcast on Headphones or Studio Monitors: The Pros and Cons of Each

When it comes to mixing audio, you'd be hard pressed to find a more lively debate than the one between headphones and studio monitors. There are a LOT of pros and cons to each, and in this episode we explore many of the arguments for each side along with some brief lessons on HRTF (head related transfer function) and the psychoacoustics of how we localize audio in a 3D world.



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The Science of Sound 101 Episode

Waves Nx Virtual Mix Room

Waves Abbey Road Studios3

HRTF (head related transfer function)

Gear Suggestions:

Affordable Closed Back Headphones

Quality Closed Back Headphones

Affordable Open Back Headphones

Quality Open Back Headphones

Affordable Studio Monitors

Quality Studio Monitors

My Signal Chain


Audio Interface: Apogee Ensemble

Microphone: Shure SM7b

Headphones: Audio-Technia ATH-M50x

Earbuds: Klipsch R6i II

Studio Monitors: Yamaha HS7

Mic Stand: Rode PS1A Boom Arm


IzoTope RX6 Mouth De-Click

IzoTope RX6 Voice De-Noise

FabFilter ProQ3

Waves Vocal Rider

Waves CLA-76

Waves API 2500

Waves PuigTec EQP-1A

oeksound Soothe2

Waves L2 Limiter

Waves WLM Meter

Waves Durrough Meter

Waves Abbey Road Studio3

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Midroll Song: Road Trip by Joakim Karud

Closing Song: Electro Brass by Joakim Karud

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