A few days ago, I upgraded my studio monitors (in recording, that means "speakers"). I bought a pair of JBL 4326's. This was such a HUGE improvement from what I was using. I noticed two things right away- Radiohead sounded better than ever, and my mixes sounded worse than ever. Despite how that sounds, that's great news! I don't really need my speakers to flatter my mixes, I just need them to be brutally honest with me.
I've always been told to just mix on what you are used to. As I recall, when Paul Meany was doing some mastering on my first album, he was using a tiny pair of computer speakers; he said it's what he had always used for that sort of thing. Well, I guess I need all the help I can get. Because mixing on what I'm used to makes for some weird mixes. I've done some mixes with the new JBL's and they are a dream. It was an instant change. I felt like mixing became 100% easier instantly. I went through all of my mixes for the DVD, and started over from scratch. Two days later, I'm nearly done. The best upgrade I've ever made to my studio was getting a good digital converter. The second best, was these monitors.
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