Playlist Mix Eight Arrives, Don’t Forget Headphones

Regular readers of the blog will know that I’ve a big interest in all things podcasting and certainly all things music and if you haven’t had a chance to listen to the Playlist Mix podcast yet, the eighth one has gone live (as of the wee hours of the morning). There’s music from The Cribs (UK), Warm Wax (Dublin), Pora Pora (US), Bloc Party (UK) and more.

As I refine my podcasting habits, one thing to note is not to underestimate the use of podcasting – or namely don’t just rely on your computer speakers to get a final mix. About 18 months ago I invested in a pair of Technics headphones (RPF200 – about 35 quid in Argos) and I use them for all my audio work in studio B. If your speaker setup has individual dials for treble / bass and/or a subwoofer, your output might be a bit misleading, not everyone is going to have the same audio setup as yourself.

There’s a fancy set of audio monitors in studio A but if I’m on my own in studio B the headphones are what I rely on as you’re not letting any of the sound escape so it becomes easier to pick up echo trails, background noise etc. Unless I’m out of the house or office, the majority of my podcast listening is done in front of the computer, speakers blaring away. But the Playlist Mix is short enough, something I like to take with me between my ears if I’m walking into town so I’ll mix it to sound well in a pair of headphones and if it’s comfortable between my ears, I’ll be happy with the speaker output when playing it back through a computer.

I don’t think you could really do any mixing without a pair of headphones and if you’ve got a spare 35 euro or so, you can’t go wrong with the Technics.

Have a listen below or download for free (26mb)
[audio:http://www.playlistmix.com/podpress_trac/web/15/0/podcast008.mp3]

Author: Ken McGuire

Runs Event Media and The Devious Theatre Company and writes about food at Any Given Food. You'll find me on Twitter here and here.