Getting Used to Different Monitoring

Whenever you work in a different monitoring situation than the one that you’re used to, spend some time to get to know the system acoustically. Especially on scoring stages or mixing studios where it is really essential to have a good judgement on the sound, your ears need time to get used to the monitors but also the acoustics of the space. In spite of good studios being acoustically treated and speakers being constructed to produce the most neutral possible sound, every studio will still feel slightly different in its acoustics.

If time permits it usually helps to listen to some music that you know very well on the new system which will give you a good idea how the sound differs from your normal monitoring situation. If you don’t do this, your judgement on the first few cues you actually work on on these systems might be unprecise and you might need to revisit these cues again in the end. 


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