My Top 3 Headphones for Audio Production

As I contemplate writing this, I can already hear the groans of disgust from my hundreds of audiophile friends who don't agree with me. I'd just like to address them now. You are entitled to that opinion you have, but hey! these are my favourites. OK, now that's out of the way, we can talk a short, but useful list of some of my favourite headphones. I have used all of these both for listening on my daily commute and when I need to be alone with my beats. They have served me well and I hope you find them just as powerful a tool in your music making. We are what we hear after all. Let's get started.

#1. ATH-M50xRD

I know this will sound a bit wanky, but if you don't look like you know what you're doing then you may as well get out. These are stylin' and Audio-Technica make some great sounding cans that look great looking too. The over-ear design makes for some really comfortable feels in the head department and has a frequency response that covers over the limit of human hearing. Wearing these on a long day in the studio is like wearing nothing at all. The super versatile design also allows you to collapse them for easy storage and change the cables when you are on the move. This is a must have for serious producers and an affordable option for anyone that loves listening to music.


#2. Beyerdynamic DT-990 PRO

Already you can tell this doesn't have the looks, but looks are deceiving in this case. The sound of these headphones is spectacular. They have the same great sound as the original edition, but have a tighter fit for more studio related scenarios and better noise cancelling. Each product is hand made in Germany and the company prides itself on the workmanship that goes into every product. I have used these for many applications, but in particular in tracking bands in the studio. I need headphones like the DT-990 PRO to give me an accurate sound with lots of clarity, this allows me to hear what my musicians are hearing in the live room. They are a workhorse and I recommend getting a pair.

#3. Shure SRH840

If you are looking for headphones that your artists can wear for hours without getting sour ears or complaining about comfort, look no further. This is one of the best options for high-quality headphones in tracking situations. You wouldn't want your best headphones lying on the floor in the tracking room, but these are robust and durable and can do the job so I would trust they are great for live rooms. You can take them anywhere and have a Shure quality guarantee of over 80 years in the biz. Listen for yourself and enjoy great mid-range clarity, perfect for drum recording or any number of other studio applications.