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Old 8th October 2019
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Mixing on a pair of vintage JBL s

I'm mixing on a pair of JBL 46710K s and they sound amazing. Should I go newer stuff ?
Old 8th October 2019
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You can mix on any speakers, as long as you learn how they translate to other systems.
Old 4 weeks ago
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Thankyou ! Before that I was mixing on beats headphones that were set flat and that worked well. You guys are great
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I feel like this is a trick question.
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It's really a trick question if the whole thing leaves you with the feeling you need a bath.
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Originally Posted by Fastfreddie View Post
I'm mixing on a pair of JBL 46710K s and they sound amazing. Should I go newer stuff ?
If they sound amazing, why ask us if you should get another pair of monitors? I do not understand like this.

Its like, I love the taste of this medium rare steak, its amazing and then i ask my diner guest if i should send it back for another one
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Respect

I respect and seek the opinions and guidance of veterans.This forum is priceless.Im a musician that turned engineer in an attempt to control my creative environment and it is working. Thanks gents
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As said above, if you learn how things ought to sound on these, you could certainly mix on them. I mixed for years on JBL 4311s. However some caveats.

The 46710Ks were originally intended as PA speakers.

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Originally Posted by JBL
It is ideal for churches, boardrooms, motion-picture theatre systems, and any sound reinforcement application that requires outstanding full- range performance.
I don't know these speakers myself, but they may not be as flat as modern near-fields. PA-type speakers with a horn and no tweeter sometimes can be a bit 'honky'. Also, because they are old, you should check the woofer surrounds for rot. The rubber on these rings may eventually decay and need replacement.

Another potential pitfall is the size, so be careful with the positioning. They are bigger than your typical nearfields. When I mixed on the 4311s, I had them much farther back from my listening position than my Genelecs are today.


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they sound amazing
that's good for you, as long as you keep in mind that "sounding amazing" in your control room is ultimately not the main point. The point is that the mixes you make should still sound amazing when you take them out of the control room and listen to them somewhere else - on other systems and other speakers. Translation. That's what 'getting used to them' is all about.
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