While I think it’s important to be monitoring music productions on several systems, this time it has become more of a biproduct of premisses in the making of my new recording.
Now my main monitors are the Genelec 8030A which sounds clear but lacks a little bass. And because the home studio is located in the bedroom (not acoustically treated) I also listen on headphones a lot. I use Sennheiser HD 25-1 II which sounds pretty balanced and good, although not too comfortable.
Sometimes I must to shift place (to the dinner table) and work solely in the box (meaning Ableton Live), and sometimes I mix, mala fide, on the classic Koss Porta Pro on ear headphones.
I’m playing the music on a smaller hi-fi home system (NAD C 320BEE amplifier and DALI Concept 2 speakers with 6.5” woofer/midrange) to get more bass, and to add a larger room ambience and noise to the experience.
I also listen to bounces of the mix on Apple’s muffled EarPods, extensively, because I want the music to sound okay there too. And when outdoors I listen on the wireless Bose SportSound (that aren’t noise cancelling).
I’ve also listen on the shitty laptop speakers of my MacBook Pro and on speakers of the iPhone, just do hear which frequencies are coming through hard and how the sub translate on tiny speakers.
And lastly, I try to listen not only focused, but also in the background with people talking, while cooking and such. This is not very scientific, but I sometimes hear annoying frequencies or other things in the music that I normally wouldn’t recognize.
All this monitoring aims to find a mastering sweet spot for music to sound as intend. That means, perhaps not the “best” from a technical point of view, but from at sound, mood and feel perspective. In music, I’m trying to communicate and achieve something that has not necessarily to do with audiophile correctness or fine sound reproduction. Controlled and uncontrolled dirt and noise are most welcome in my music.