Old 03-14-2012, 11:23 AM   #1
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Default Free VST plugin for mixing with headphones?

I've got studio monitors already, but I'm not able to blow a whole bunch of money on acoustic treatment. I'm looking for a free VST plugin I can put on my master bus that can simulate studio monitors like the Focusrite VRM. By all means, suggest every plugin imaginable.


There was a plugin called HDPHX I keep reading about but it's not for download anymore...unless of course someone wants to upload it :-)
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:30 AM   #2
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http://dl.dropbox.com/u/34713525/AudibleEyes.rar -I made this one, it does 2 band eq into a mid side, the mid side can be mono or stereo, options to invert one side or both.

I use this to check levels when mixing with headphones. I started out with Toneboosters Isone, but the sound was too dull.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:38 AM   #3
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I'll give that a try. Thanks so much.

If anyone else has any other plugin suggestions I'll try those too.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:40 AM   #4
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HDPHX @
http://web.archive.org/web/200903040...ts-hdphx.shtml
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:44 AM   #5
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VNoPhones
http://www.sonicspot.com/vnophones/vnophones.html
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:45 AM   #6
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From Recording Magazine:
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As those of you who have followed this column for any length of time can attest, headphone mixing is one of the big no-no's around these parts. In our humble opinion, headphone mixes do not translate well in the real world, period, end of story. Other than checking for balance issues and the occasional hunting down of little details, they are tools best left for the tracking process.
If you start monkeying with the sound of our headphones, you are going to make things harder for yourself. If there is a known weakness in the frequency response somewhere, you can adjust for that. Or, if you want to use a little crossfeed that's OK too. But, if you add any special tweeks, it will take some time for your ears adjust to the changes so that you "automatically know" what a good mix sounds like with the changes to your monitoring set-up.

And, your listeners are not going to be using crossfeed or any special plug-ins. The goal is NOT to make your headphones (or your studio) "sound good"... The goal is to make a good product/production. Your mix needs to sound good on regular-average headphones, audiophile headphones, average speakers, high-end speakers/monitors, etc.

Learn what a good mix sounds like on your monitors (in your room). Learn to make good mixes on your monitors. Check your mix against a good reference recording (same genre) on your monitors, on your headphones, on your living-room system, your car system, your ear buds, and everything else you can get your hands on.

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Old 03-15-2012, 10:52 AM   #7
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http://www.toneboosters.com/tb-isone/

Pretty complete solution really....the guy that created it has amazing credentials...not free, but very cheap......demo available.....
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:37 AM   #8
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http://www.toneboosters.com/tb-isone/

Pretty complete solution really....the guy that created it has amazing credentials...not free, but very cheap......demo available.....
I've bought the Isone, liking it so far, even for normal listening. It can be used as a subtle crossfade effect or full on speaker simulation.

However, it's a complete hassle to set up, be prepared to second guess yourself when setting your "head-size" and "ear-size".

The best thing I can say about the isone is that bad mixes sound even worse, it really brings forth the mud. Of course, it cannot replace a treated room with good monitors, but it's still a decent tool for us poor bedroom engineers.
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Valuable advice from DVDdoug there - read it again...
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If you start monkeying with the sound of our headphones, you are going to make things harder for yourself.
I've tried mixing with headphones without Isone and found that the mixes simply don't translate at all to speakers. With Isone, they translate OK. For example, an Altiverb insert will sound VERY different on my monitors compared to headphones, while sounding quite similar when comparing monitors to Isone. Some recordings/effects can sound wonderful on headphones (without Isone) and terrible on speakers.

http://simplyrecordingpodcast.com/mixing-on-headphones/

Has anybody tried Isone and found that mixing without it is better?
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:34 AM   #11
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Has anybody tried Isone and found that mixing without it is better?
I use Isone and do believe it helps. My monitoring environment is alright but not ideal, and it's not going to be ideal any time soon. I use Isone with decent studio-quality headphones in addition to my monitors. And of course I also check on regular PC speakers, earbuds, car stereo, etc. I don't know if I'd want headphones with Isone to be my only reference, but it does help in addition to everything else.
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:45 PM   #12
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Its so weird that great 'pro' master recordings sound good on all headphones, monitors, boom boxes, pocket radios at the same time.

Is it the Fletcher Munson thing? The proximity effect? Hutchinson Effect?

Guess it helps to have a tuned room, Far + Near Fields, matched amps, console and dim switch, and someone answering the phone for you.
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