I'm back...been recording and doing audio books now for a bit. I actually now have a FEW headphones I use :-P
For tracking (speaking into the microphone) I've been using the AKG 271 MKII's :
They are completely and utterly BORING and FLAT. Great for voice though! They don't exaggerate in any way, or flatter yourself. Not good for general
music listening at all. One cool thing? The strap that goes over your head is self-adjusting and connected to a switch. When you take the headphones
off, it mutes them -- so the microphone won't pick up any noise from them. With the velour pads, I can sit in front of the mic for HOURS without
fatigue. I've heard people say the Beyerdynamic's are comfy...but they can't possibly be!
Now for editing and mastering, I just got a pair of ATH-M70x's (Audio Technica) today. HOLY CRAP. I love these things! They're also neutral and flat,
but not nearly as flat as the AKG's. They sound...GOOD. Tight, controlled bass where it should be, full mid-range, and sparking highs that reveal
They are, after all, designed to be used for mastering/monitoring -- which is probably why I like them. I've been comparing my microphones back and
forth, and I can hear more of a difference using these headphones. I can also dial in some of the plugins inside of Logic Pro with more accuracy.
I simply can't use a pair of studio monitors...I don't have the room for a worthwhile pair, and my place is so small I'm lucky to have the tiny
recording/vocal area I do.
I was using a D87, which is a "clone built to the exact specs, using the exact parts as a "vintage" Neumann U87. A guy in Cali hand made it for me. It
sounds really good...styroflex capacitors and a Cinemag transformer...has the U87 capsule and the period appropriate PCB board.
For audio books though, I've been finding that a dynamic mic like my RE-20 seems to be a little easier to work with. Ya, I did have fun with some
filters, but here's what I've been sitting in front of:
You can't see it...but I have huge foam bass traps in all the corners, and just about every surface I can adhere acoustic foam to, has it LOL. I just
hope that spray adhesive will come off when I move...
Anyway, HIGHLY reccomend the Audio Technica headphones. The next step down, the M50x are supposedly a little more "exciting" and better for music,
cheaper too. Apparently they're super popular and a great deal for the price...