sequentialsoftshock wrote:So, I have heard from several people that listening to a mix on as many possible devices is a good thing, whereas a few others have stated if you are listening to something that is true, that is all you need. What is your opinion ? I'm kind of in the middle here because I think if you are only listening on really good quality (I'm not talking Adams, I'm talking custom made monitors for a particular studio) monitors, your EQing may not work well for iPod headphones or a car stereo etc. Thoughts ?
If you have a well designed acoustically treated "neutral" space with good near field monitors you can usually count on that to produce mixes. But you have to know your setup and space well which means listening to a lot of your favorites on it 'till you get a feel for it's particular character.
However for most of us amateurs working in non-ideal spaces with whatever decent monitors we can afford (a pair of Tannoy Reveal 501a NFMs for me in a dining room) you have to do a lot more leg work particularly for mastering. That means listening to mixes on several sources then trying to average out the differences so that it doesn't sound especially good or bad on one thing vs another.
For serious projects, I always pay for professional mastering. It's affordable and gets you a good product that will translate well to many different environments. Plus you usually get some extras (like a cue sheet, for example).
If I'm forced to master myself (which I'm fully aware I suck at) I will usually start on my monitors, then check the low end on headphones, in my car, etc. I also have a crappy mono speaker hooked up that I can listen to what my mix sounds like on s**t systems, all the while trying to reconcile all the differences.
So yeah, I think having an ideal environment basically gets you good quality with less effort. Using multiple sources to check mixes seems like something born out of necessity for the majority of us amateurs trying to make decent mixes in bedrooms. (or dining rooms)