Working with iPod ear buds

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Do you work under less than optimal conditions?

Yes, it's okay to work with iPod ear buds to sketch out ideas that I'll properly mix when I can.
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No way. I feel lost without my Genelecs and my 24bit/96kbps soundcard.
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Working with iPod ear buds

Post by BoddAH » Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:50 am

Is it okay to work under terrible sound quality conditions when you're working on simple ideas or a rough first draft of your song? Say, when you're on the road, plugging your white iPod ear buds directly into the integrated sound card of your laptop for instance...

You can always get back to your studio and a nice quality setup for the actual mixing and mastering phase right?

Do you work like this? Or does everything have to be perfect from start to finish sound wise?

I'm curious.

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Re: Working with iPod ear buds

Post by PHY6 » Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:45 am

Seems like a pretty obvious answer...lol

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Re: Working with iPod ear buds

Post by jellycaster » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:26 am

well of course... if you are prepared to do some serious mixing later... what's the problem? you may get a few surprises though

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Re: Working with iPod ear buds

Post by jellycaster » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:28 am

i made one of my favourite tracks on the train from london to glasgow with some ear buds i bought in the station for £10, because i had forgotten my headphones. i was actually pleasantly surprised when i got back to my monitors

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Re: Working with iPod ear buds

Post by rosti » Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:21 pm

I don't even know where my ipod earpuds are. But where ever they are, they are in their package and in a mint condition :D

So, no. I have my HD-25s and i take them where ever i go.

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Re: Working with iPod ear buds

Post by antarktika » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:23 pm

rosti wrote:I don't even know where my ipod earpuds are. But where ever they are, they are in their package and in a mint condition :D

So, no. I have my HD-25s and i take them where ever i go.
likewise. I think it's okay to work under less than optimal conditions...

...that being defined as using my Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro's instead of monitors.

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Re: Working with iPod ear buds

Post by twisted-space » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:25 pm

Get yourself a pair of

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Re: Working with iPod ear buds

Post by simmerdown » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:33 pm

of course ok...thats what much of music will be heard thru right?

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Re: Working with iPod ear buds

Post by H20nly » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:55 pm

i use them to check my mixes. get it right in the cans (AT-MH50)... check it on the monitors... mix a little more on monitors... back to cans... back and forth. when i feel that i have it right i burn to CD and check in the car. i keep fine tuning.... when all of those are right i go to iPod ear buds. if it's good there i'm :D
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Re: Working with iPod ear buds

Post by ze2be » Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:23 pm

Huh, cant vote. On the laptop I use Sennheizer HD580. Those are not ear buds!
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Re: Working with iPod ear buds

Post by HorusProject » Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:28 pm

I use the ear buds occasionally during mixing to cross reference against monitors and Sennheiser headphones.
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Re: Working with iPod ear buds

Post by Ryanmf » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:23 pm

What a loaded question. Do you prefer the best product on the market, or the worst bullshit option that came for free with that one thing you bought that one time?

I'm not anti-headphones, though I do prefer almost every pair of headphones and earbuds ever made to Apple's offering.

I used to work for Apple. We handed those earbuds out like some of you will be handing out candy tonight.

I probably have over a dozen pairs scattered around my room; the only time I use them is at the gym when I don't want sweat screwing up any of my nice headphones, or if I'm going somewhere that I expect my headphones may be lost/broken/stolen.

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Re: Working with iPod ear buds

Post by hacktheplanet » Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:22 am

Earbuds don't stay in my ears so I can't use them. :)
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Re: Working with iPod ear buds

Post by twisted-space » Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:54 pm

simmerdown wrote:of course ok...thats what much of music will be heard thru right?

Yeah and most people listen on yamahas or adams or genelecs.

You need to be able to hear what your doing, if it sounds good on those it'll sound good on anything.

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Re: Working with iPod ear buds

Post by 3dot... » Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:10 pm

twisted-space wrote:if it sounds good on those it'll sound good on anything.
not at all necessarily ...
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