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Mixing with earplugs
Old 31st October 2013 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by ggegan ➡️
So called "flat" earplugs are useless because the ear's sensitivity to different frequencies varies with volume in a non-linear way. In other words, if you lower the volume, the way your ears perceive the frequency balance will change, even though the relative loudness of the frequencies is the same. You will hear the frequency content differently, even though the earplugs are supposedly "flat" and you will also perceive the dynamics differently.

This is not just about earplugs, it is about mixing in general. If you have a perfectly balanced mix frequency-wise at one volume and a producer asks you to change the volume of a section significantly, then in order to maintain the same perceived frequency balance you will either have to alter the relative volumes of the different elements, alter the EQ or else live with the fact that the frequency balance feels different, and you often need to deal with transients differently, as well.

Read this and ingest the concept, it is fundamental to what we do:

Fletcher–Munson curves - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
YES!!!!

Great advice.

I think you will find mixing with earplugs a worthless experiment.

In general, if you are a busy professional in our field, you can expect some hearing loss at some point. I don't necessarily think that means you won't be able to do your job. We can compensate to some degree. I think that many years of experience are more important than perfect hearing in the late stages of our career.
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