I'm curious if anyone else uses a smaller speaker system or near-fields along with your main monitors to mix or cut effects on.
What are you all working on?
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I have my mains (which are nearfields) plus a few different secondary systems. I use JBL LSRs as my mains, then I have my rig hooked up to a consumer home theater system in the neighboring room, a pair of Altec Lansing speakers, an assortment of headphones, etc... I also like listening to any music I do on my car system, since I know that one the best when it comes to music...
I always try to figure out what my listener is going to be listening on and try to mimic that with what I have to hear the end result.
Also, when it comes to editing, I often put on phones to hear the minute details of what I'm working on. Things that might not come through as well on my mains.
In my mix studio I have a pair of ATC SCM100s but I always spot check my work on the TV and in mono. I don't check my work in lots of places as I don't have time. I did some checking like that when I started work here but now I just trust that what I do will work as I know how my mixes sound elsewhere.