It could be described as a flawed approach to mixing.
But at the same time a very important part of a usable solution. Especially given that many (the majority
) of us don't have access to a room of sufficient size, much less properly treated (and I don't mean some foam panels
) or a set (or two
) of expensive studio monitors, etc.
In reality, using a proper set of headphones, getting to know them well
(referencing familiar material. A lot of familiar material. frequently.
) and also referencing our efforts on other sources (home stereo, automobile, even earbuds) is all a viable part of mixing on a budget, especially as a hobby, etc. etc.
Don't even get me started on GC specifically...... Beyond this one suggestion.
Larger stores often have displays set up where you can "demo" various headphones. Treat yourself to a little time spent doing just that. I learned a new respect for upper midgrade cans after just a few moments of a/b testing. Far more difference than I ever expected the first time I did that.
I then proceeded to go buy some gear from a respectable company.
Lastly, I'll throw this out to those who think headphones cant be used for decent mixing results.
There are not only well known mixers who mix predominantly on (Albeit high end no doubt
) headphones. And there is at least one popular mastering engineer who is in high demand and makes a decent living while not revealing he works on a laptop, in the box, and on headphones.
Bottom line, either way you choose to work, you still need a decent set (or several
) of cans. And in all likelihood, as you gain experience, you will later upgrade to a better set at a later date, not regret you got a set.
Just avoid the consumer grade generic and bass biased stuff, choose a decent "entry level studio grade" set and get to work getting familiar with them already......