When you’re recording in the studio, it’s important to be able to hear the mix on the fly. This is why no recording session can really be complete without a solid headphone mixer. Whether you and your band are recording your first demo in your home studio, or you’re a professional turning out hit singles for a wide variety of artists, headphone mixers will go a long way in ensuring you get the best performances every time you press record. When choosing the right headphone mixer for you, it’s important to have an idea of what it is you are going to need it for. If you are mostly doing personal, at home recording, options such as the MICROAMP HA400 Headphone Amp from Behringer or the 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier from Live Wire might be right for you. Amps such as these offer several channels with dedicated volume controls so multiple people can listen in at once at their own preferred volume. These are a great option for playing back that live cut from the floor to see how it sounds. If you’re recording larger groups, on the other hand, you may want to invest in a mixer like the POWERPLAY P16D 16-Channel Digital ULTRANET Distributor from Behringer or the HP6E 6-Channel Headphone Amp from SM Pro Audio. Headphone mixers such as these provide more outputs with individual volume controls to give each artist more of what they really want, more of them in the mix! At the end of the day, getting the mix right is arguably the most important part of any live performance or recording session. Without a good representation of the sound and/or music, nobody is going to be satisfied. A headphone mixer will allow everyone to have a good idea of how things will sound, whether you’re recording a demo for yourself, a track for a professional band, or doing sound for an event.
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