Issue 19. Don’t use fancy headphones to edit your podcast

Jan 20, 2022

Everyone loves a pair of fancy headphones!

Some are fashion statements, others look like apostrophe’s but all of them let you listen to a podcast.

So what’s wrong with fancy headphones?

Podcast Microphone

I have a pair of Marshall headphones which are very nice. They’re designed like the old 70’s Marshall guitar amps and they give audio a nice rocky/stadium feel and this is the problem.

I used to use them to edit my podcast and it always sounded like my voice had too much bass in it so I’d make a few EQ adjustments when editing to remove a little bass so my voice sounded more natural.

I did this for many episodes of my podcast and I even thought of changing my microphone as I thought it was causing the extra boom and bass.

One day I was on the train and realised I’d left my Marshalls at home so I plugged in my spare in-ear headphones that came with my phone. I pulled up my podcast, gave it a quick listen and ‘oh my days’ it sounded like there was no bass or roundness to my voice.

Then I realised what had happened.

The Marshalls were adding bass and boom to the audio when I was editing so I removed said bass, but the actual audio track itself sounded fine and really didn’t need any processing.

The headphones were changing the sound of the audio and I was compensating for it.

Once I listened on a non-fancy set of headphones it didn’t sound too good.

So what I did was buy a paid of studio monitor headphones, with a cable, not Bluetooth.

They don’t alter the sound at all, you hear exactly what you’ve recorded so you’re making editing decisions based on the actual sound of the recording.

The headphones I chose were Audio-Technica M60x but any monitoring headphones will do the job.

I’m much happier with the sound now, I didn’t need to change my microphone and I just use my Marshalls to listen to music and podcasts. I don’t edit with them!