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The Ideal Reason Studio > Making a Sound Decision - Pg. 26

CHECK YOUR HEAD(SET) Headphones are a great solution for bedroom musicians, as they allow you to work late at night without provoking a police intervention or a nasty look from your significant other. All kidding aside, even though headphones are useful, you should always plan to do your final mixes using speakers rather than headphones. There are a couple of key reasons for this. First, you need to create a natural sounding stereo mix by adjusting the various signals and panning positions of the parts in your Reason song. This is easier to accomplish with speakers than with headphones. Second, keep in mind that your potential audience is not likely to listen to your music on headphones. Nine times out of ten, they'll be listening to your music in their cars on the way to work or maybe at your latest rave party. Personally, when I am mixing a new song, I burn a test CD, run down to my car, and pop it in to listen. If it doesn't sound good there, it's back to the drawing board. So, although headphones are a good interim solution, don't forget how valuable a good set of speakers can be for your mix. Selecting a Mixer In your Reason studio, you might find yourself needing the ability to combine various audio sources at the same time. For example, you might have a few sound modules and drum machines that you would like to use in synchronization with Reason; or perhaps you would like to be able