One of the things that separate a good engineer from a great one is the quality of the headphone mix that he or she provides for their musicians. Do a session with one of the A-listers, and you’ll be surprised at just how much time is spent on the headphones, even if the musicians have the capability of setting their own mix up for themselves. Why? A happy musician or singer means a better performance. So, here are a number of things to consider when creating your next headphone mix, especially as it pertains to singers.
- Group tracks in a track folder so you can hide and reveal them at will during the recording session. As useful as they are, you don’t really need to see them wile you are actually recording
- Create an aux bus for every musician recording simultaneously and send all the stems to each of these buses.
- Don’t forget to send the musician’s signal directly towards the physical output assigned to his/her headphone mix, so that he/she can hear him/herself adequately.
“Group these tracks in a track folder so you can hide and reveal them at will during the recording session.”