Ever since I opened my studio, I’ve always wanted a system that could do custom headphone mixes in an easy, efficient way, especially if it puts this power in the hands of my clients. Now I can, with this marvelous device- it slices, it dices, but wait there’s more!….
This most recent purchase for South Sound Sound is a headphone distribution system made by a company called Furman. The system allows for custom headphone mixes controlled by a small mixing station (picutred with me) that the musician can control themselves. I locate these units out in the live room next to the talent. I’ve had the chance to use this in a number of sessions so far, with great results. It enables a custom mix of drums, bass, guitars, and vocals each blended together to the particular taste of the artist. One can also bypass that mix and listen to a stereo mix of their song that I’m in charge of.
The system consists of a main control box which I have rackmounted in my main control room. Outputs from my interface run to this control box, with a total of six outputs. I set up a custom template in the computer interface that allows me to route any track that I would like to any headphone volume control. Two CAT5e cables run from this master control box to the first station, then daisy-chaining to each additional station, for easy set-up.
The bottom line, I love this new system, makes my job easier, makes musicians happier, and isn’t that what it’s really all about?
– Jason Suko