I have had a lot of music gear over the years. Roland MC-909, (click link to see me using it on Youtube if you are interested at all) a MK1 Electribe EA-1, an Akai APC40, an Emu X-board, an Evolution U-Control UC33e, a MicroKorg, 2 different Kaoss Pads etc etc. Plus I’ve used my friends TB-303, his Lemur Controller and lots of other stuff he has.
So how could it be possible that a sub $100 pair of headphones would become my most valuable asset?
Well to put it simply, you only sound as good as your mix.
If you produce from home and you have neighbours to consider, as I do, it can be hard to produce your tracks to a semi decent level. (Apparently old ladies in their 60′s don’t appreciate their TV’s being drowned out by some fat minimal basslines!) Multiply this difficulty if you do not own a decent set of monitor speakers and just use your home stereo speakers.
This was precisely the problem that I faced. And I found a solution.
Please, watch this short video I made and I will follow on underneath it. I am a hayfever sufferer so apologies for the blocked nose
So, if you watched the video you will have a better idea of why I like them.
I mentioned that I would give you examples of tracks I produced before and after owning the MDR-V6′s.
None of these tracks have been final mastered. These are the raw files straight out of Ableton.
When I listen to both tracks through the headphones track 1 is far too bassy and the mix is very muddy. However when I produced that track on my stereo speakers it sounded perfect. Until I listened on other speakers.
I highly recommend you grab a good set of monitor headphones and I can swear by these bad boys.
Here are some technical details for those who are that way inclined:
Sony MDR-V6 is a large diaphragm foldable headphone designed for professional audio and live/broadcast applications. The MDR-V6 is a closed, circumaural sealed-ear design with a coiled, telephone-like oxygen-free copper cord. The model dates back to the 1980s.
The MDR-V6 is usually regarded as a relatively durable headphone. For example, all of the MDR-V6′s enclosures are made out of metal instead of plastic. However, the pleather pads have been reported by some to wear out after time. The pads are replaceable parts (part number 2-115-668-03), and also other vendor’s pads can be used with some modding, such as the Beyer Dynamic DT 250′s velour pads, that some have claimed to be more comfortable and noise-isolating than the original pads.
Driver Units – 40mm Dynamic
Impendance – 63 ohms @ 1 Khz
Sensitivity – 106 dB/Mw
Watts – 0.5
Power Handling Capacity – 1W
Frequency Response – 5-30,000 Hz
Cord – 3 metres (extended coil length) coiled cord
Plug Type – Stereo unimatch, 1/4″ and 1/8″
Weight – 230g (without cord)
So what does this mean in practise? Well, if you like having deep bass in your tracks or you have problems finding the right balance when you are using sub bass, these will help. A LOT! These headphones allow me to fine tune all the sounds in my mixdown.
I had someone on soundcloud actually leave a comment on a track of mine saying that he works in a studio and he stuck my track on in the studio. He said it sounded amazing. Now, I did not do anything different from normal. I just got the track sounding good through the studio monitor headphones rather than through my old stereo speakers.
Thats it. Nothing fancy. It’s almost like magic. So, if you can produce tracks that sound good on your home speakers but sound shit on any other pair of speakers I highly recommend investing a little bit of cash in a pair of Sony MDR-V6′s.
I swear, you will thank me later!
In conclusion, I love these headphones. If you are struggling to make your productions sound well produced and monitor speakers are out of the question/budget then you can do a lot worse than grab yourself a pair of these!
Don’t take my word for it however. To read more user reviews and see prices, click on the flag below depending on your country. (Just now I can only support USA and UK but I will look to add more options)