Why I Mix On Apple Ear Buds and MacBook Speakers

That’s right. I mix on ear buds and MacBook speakers.

Not exclusively. Not even for most of the time. But I don’t send out any mixes until they sound good on both of these lo-fi mediums.

That may sound crazy – but there are two reasons why you should start doing the same thing.

Let’s get a couple of things straight. I know that some people will call this blasphemy, and they would be right. But it’s a crazy world out there, and drastic times call for drastic measures.

More music is consumed via these mediums (as well as iPhone speakers and iHomes) than is consumed through Yamaha NS-10s, KRK Rokit 8s, and Mackie HR824s combined. Today’s “hi-fidelity” home stereo system is an mp3 playing through a bluetooth Beats Pill. You may not like it, but that’s the cold hard facts.

So we can ignore this fact and continue on our way, or we can accept it and make better mixes. You decide.

Here’s the two reasons why you should start doing the same thing:

1. People listen to music on these mediums. When you show your mix to someone, there’s a good chance their going to listen to it through earbuds or computer speakers. That might not always be the case, but most of the time it is. If your mix falls apart on these systems, it’s not going to sound very good to whoever you’re showing it to.

2. It’s a great way to hear was your mix sounds like without bottom end. If you entirely lose the kick drum when you play it through your earbuds, the chances are that your kick doesn’t have enough definition in the mix. You’ll want to boost the “beater” sound and hi-mids to make sure it cuts through the mix. This will help your mix out on better systems as well!

So before you reject this crazy notion, give it some thought and a couple of tries and you’ll never want to go back. The benefits are great to testing your mixes on these lo-fi systems.


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