OK, this is something I solved early on for myself. After a few bass heavy mixes I made the decision to move to systems with more bass. I am also sensitive to high frequencies, so I prefer a monitor that is a bit darker, and I also tend to turn down the tweeter on my monitors that allow it. I know plenty of engineers with the opposite issue, so it’s not a ‘given’ that we all hear that way!crimsonwarlock wrote: ↑13 Nov 2022Yeah, his video effects can get a bit irritating.
I also do prefer more bass, and that is exactly what he points at, at least that is my interpretation. As he describes about himself, I tend to mix bass-heavy, to the point that I always have to correct after listening on other systems, especially those with subs. I don't have a sub in my studio, which might be part of the problem, but on the other side I don't do actual sub-heavy music. Using a tilt-EQ seems to solve the problem for me. Listening to reference tracks with a tilt-EQ now also sounds more natural to me. I'm obviously correcting for MY ears, not saying everyone should use this. We all agree that hearing differs between people, and indeed even between your own two ears. That's all there is to it.
I figured it was quicker to adjust my monitors and mix like I ‘heard’ it than to try to re-learn how to listen. This was probably 30 years ago and was one of the best decisions I made. As for putting an EQ on it, I’m not going to go THAT far. It’s more natural sounding to adjust the crossover/sub level because you’re not adding any coloration/EQ/phase shit to the monitors. Easier to implement too, since you don’t have to bypass when exporting (or risk forgetting to do so). It’s also a part of choosing a monitor, since there is no “one size fits all”.
Since doing this I rarely have mixes leave the studio that need much further EQ/spectral balancing, nor do I need to overthink how to EQ tracks etc.
But like I said, it’s different for everyone, there is no one ‘tilt’ that would apply to everyone, or even a tilt direction we could all agree on. And a tilt is probably not an accurate description either but who knows - it’s not easy to measure how we individually perceive levels/frequencies.
But overall I can attest the “adjust your monitors to your ears” approach works, or at least that it worked for me (but not using EQ).
That said, I DO know of a product that offers an excellent tilt EQ option…