Waves, a company that specialises in creating digital audio workstation plugins, just released Nx – it’s a plugin that simulates listening to your mix inside a recording studio control room. It does this by using your laptop’s camera to track your head movements, and it emulates the acoustics and what it’s like to be sat in front of a pair of studio monitors even though you’re just using your headphones.
The company also just launched a Kickstarter campaign for its Nx Head Tracker accessory, which clips onto your headphones for truly accurate head movement tracking using a Bluetooth wireless connection.
This could be a cool way to produce and mix tracks on the go, or if you just don’t have any space in your bedroom for a “proper” studio. It’s usually not recommended to mix on a pair of headphones (professional audio engineers will tell you this time and time again for acoustic reasons), but if you don’t have the room and the budget for a pair of studio monitor speakers and acoustic treatment, Waves Nx could prove to be a useful tool in your producer kit. Watch out for our review of it soon.
• The Waves Nx Kickstarter is now live. Check out its Kickstarter campaign page for more details.
What do you think of this plugin? Do you mix on headphones, or do you avoid them as much as possible? Let us know below.