Producing with In-Ear earphones instead of headphones?

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  1. mykono5

    mykono5 Aru R.

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    I'll have a collaboration with a friend in school. And since we'll do the collaboration in school on break time, I can't bring my headphone 'cos it's big and if a teacher found out I bring it, it might get confiscated. So we decided to use in-ear earphones/canalphones which is much more low-profile than headphones.

    My question is, is it okay to produce with it instead of headphones? It can isolate the crowded sound of the classroom a bit better than my headphone.
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    P.s. The headphone I use for usual producing is Panasonic RP-DJ120. Not a studio headphone but a DJ headphone. And my earphone is MDisk MD-E945.
     
  2. spyre

    spyre sample all the things

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    Hide it in your anus
     
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    Shut up...
     
  4. mykono5

    mykono5 Aru R.

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    Okay. Gonna discuss with my friend about it.
     
  5. spyre

    spyre sample all the things

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    Earbuds are fine for just getting ideas down, mixing/mastering requires something a lot better. Depends how awesome you want your tunes to sound.
     
  6. Eternaloptimist

    Eternaloptimist Active Member

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    you can both get on dropbox and work like that? or just work on tunes and bring them the next day? but the whole purpose of monitors and headphones if for them to translate sound as accurate as possible and i dont see your earphones doing that, cheers.
     
  7. Attire

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    I highly doubt ear buds can give a good representation of anything in the sub range. So yeah you're pretty screwed.

    Unless you're making wankstep with no sub anyway lol.
     
  8. d-low

    d-low I know you got soul

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    no, no its not okay.

    :teeth:
     
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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
     
  10. Silent Impact

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    I have used bass boosted earbuds for a long time.I use them for both producing and listening music.It's really addictive because the silicone buds fit nicely inside the ear and it blocks the outside noises.You can listen to everything very closely and even get a good mix(only if you have used them for a long time), but for the final touch you still have to use your speakers.

    Imo yes, you can use earbuds for producing if you use them daily, but it seems that you only want to use them because you can't take your big headphones to school.man don't you have a pc at home : / ?
     
  11. JHSE23

    JHSE23 the yen

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    You cannot produce using earbuds. End of
     
  12. StrifeII

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    you could probably use them for rough production and drafting ideas. but dont rely on them for any aspects of mixing.
     
  13. sam the dnb man

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    They aren't good for mixing. If you want to have good stereo imaging they are a no no.
    When listening with ear buds panning becomes unrealistic but a sound that is panned hard left will never reach the right ear.
    However when using monitors the sound will reach the right ear nut with a lower intensity, slight delay and with a different timbre depending on the environment you're in. There is also a thing called a sound shadow I think where the frequency content is different in the opposite ear because of diffraction around your head.
     
  14. sam the dnb man

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    They are pretty good for drums though aslong as they are a good model. When creating kick drums in an untreated room sometimes the tails are hard to judge and they seem bigger than they are because of standing waves ect. Also if you're room has too much reverb then your drums may sound nicer and more coherent only to find that they sound dull and boring when you listen with headphones.

    Just make sure you have a few reference tracks to compare with.
     
  15. sam the dnb man

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    You can get ideas down. Some people can actually get decent mixes on headphones or earbuds. As long as you are aware of what the differences are between headphones and monitors are and you reference with other tracks you should be okay.

    As long as they have a flat frequency response then they should be okay to work with. But yeah if you're expecting the tracks to be played out or considered for release then you should really use monitors.

    Apparently Mortem has made a few of his tracks using HD25's. I know they aren't earbuds but yeah. I'm not sure if this is true though.
     
  16. brgil96

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    Erm, I don't think most people here know the difference between In Ear Monitors and erabuds eh? So...

    in http://www.head-fi.org/a/basic-guide-to-in-ear-canalphones

    So, the answer is yes, you can produce using IEMs. You just need to get ones somewhat neutral, like most studio headphones (and since you have DJ headphones instead of studio ones, you wouldn't lose anything by having some not-so-neutral IEMs)

    As for earbuds, if that's what you're refering to, the answer is a straight no

    So, what I would recomment: If you're planning on producing somewhat seriously, buy some proper In Ear Monitors, and i mean monitors, and you're good to go producing anywhere you want with maximum efficiency :)

    Only issue would be stereo imaging as refered by sam, but you can always fine tune that at home with some speakers
     
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