What are headphones for in a studio?
Traditionally headphones are used for isolating musicians from each other so that the only thing going into the microphone is that musician’s performance and nothing else. However, headphones are increasingly used for mixing as a way of getting a different perspective on the music and ensuring that it still sounds good regardless of how it’s being listened to.
Are studio headphones worth it?
Definitely, yes. You’ve got to be able to hear your music accurately to have any hope of mixing it properly. Fashionable headphones are not going to cut it and ear buds can work your ears too hard so investing in a good pair of comfortable, reliable headphones will give you great results in the studio.
Should I get open-back or closed-back headphones?
If you are recording live instruments then you’ll want closed-back headphones to prevent leakage into the microphones from the music you’re playing along to. If you’re mixing then open-back are a better choice as they sound more natural and less isolating.