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What is monitoring headphones?

What is monitoring headphones?

By  Filmore Folks 2020-01-07 731 112

Monitoring headphones are headphones that have not been rendered with timbre, as opposed to HIFI (feverish) headphones. By monitoring headphones, you can hear the sound quality that is closest to reality and without any modification. It is widely used in recording studio, dubbing studio, television station, radio station, MIDI studio and other fields.

Classification of monitoring headphones

From the use point of view, monitoring headphones are divided into recording studio monitoring, broadcast monitoring, sound reinforcement monitoring, special (special) monitoring, etc., in which recording studio monitoring is divided into simultaneous (on-site return) monitoring and reduced mix monitoring.

Live return

Live return is generally the accompaniment music, beat or music melody to the recording singer, performer, etc., just like singing karaoke music without the original. The aim is to make every singer and performer hear the rhythm and music clearly and coordinate the recording. Therefore, the requirement for this kind of headphones is not high, but the prerequisite is that the headphones should be closed or semi-enclosed, because the capacitive microphone used for recording is very sensitive, and some faint details will be picked up, including the sound leaking from the headphones.

Mix monitor

Mix monitor is the highest requirement for the sound of headphones, it requires to be able to restore all sounds as truly as possible, with as little sound dye as possible and sound positioning close to the scene, which is also the effect pursued by fever headphones. so this kind of headphones can be used as fever headphones.

Radio Monitoring

Radio Monitoring mainly requires the radio station to monitor in real time when broadcasting programs, program hosts and guests, as well as directors and production directors. This kind of broadcast requires monitoring headphones to have extremely high language clarity and intelligibility, and to be able to filter the noise in speech that affect clarity and intelligibility, such as low-frequency interference, phone noise, etc., of course, there will be equalizers specially prepared for headphones in operation, but the quality requirements of headphones are still relatively high. Because the sound of these headphones is relatively dry, the language clarity is relatively high.

Sound reinforcement monitoring

Sound reinforcement monitoring requirements for headphones can be high or low, ordinary ballroom monitoring headphones, as long as you can clearly hear the music and language content played, debug a more satisfactory reverberation and voice ratio, pre-monitoring (PFL) can be accurate, such as SENNHEISER HD433, AKG K70 and other low-end headphones can meet the requirements.

Dedicated monitoring

This kind of monitoring can be found everywhere around us, such as the paging lady of the paging station, the telephone operator of the telecommunications bureau, etc., they all wear closed monitoring headphones with microphones, and the requirement is that the language is highly intelligible. There are pilot monitoring on the aircraft, dispatch monitoring of race car drivers, command and coordination monitoring of tank crew, sonar monitoring in submarines, and so on, all of which choose different special headphones according to different needs. What are

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