Aussie Hit Album Mixed on Headphones

NJ-based producer Will Putney mixed and mastered the entire third album from The Amity Affliction—which went on to hit number one on the Australian charts—on a pair of Sennheiser HD 600 Open-Aire headphones in his bedroom.
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Belleville, NJ (December 7, 2012)-NJ-based producer Will Putney mixed and mastered the entire third album from The Amity Affliction—which went on to hit number one on the Australian charts—on a pair of Sennheiser HD 600 Open-Aire headphones in his bedroom.

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Underground metal band The Amity Affliction has officially made a name for itself in its native Australia, where the band's third album, Chasing Ghosts, was released on September 7th of this year. By the time Putney was able to listen to the album on a pair of monitors in a traditional studio, the album had already been pressed and was on its way to reaching number one on the Aria Charts in Australia.

Putney, who works out of The Machine Shop studio in Belleville, NJ, was already mixing another record at an L.A. studio when The Amity Affliction inquired whether he could mix its new record. Putney already had his days fully booked at the studio, but didn't want to turn down the gig. However, he had access to a remote mixing rig and a pair of Sennheiser HD 600 headphones, and was enthusiastic about mixing the record over several late nights in the bedroom where he was staying.

Putney explains, "I have been using the HD 600s as a mix reference for a long time. I had been using these headphones more than usual because, at the time, I was between rooms and finishing construction on my mix room. That said, I've always had the sense to check my mixes on real monitors, and as a result, have become more acutely aware of what to look out for in how things translate. But for this record, I never even wound up hearing it on speakers until well after the fact."

He adds, "I was drawn to Sennheiser's Open-Aire design because I knew I would be getting a more realistic texture across the board. With my HD 600s, I know I can get a mix that will work everywhere."

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