Level Up Your Headphones With dSONIQ’s Realphones (GIVEAWAY + 35% OFF)


dSONIQ offers two FREE copies of Realphones and an exclusive 35% discount for all BPB readers until March 5th, 2023. Read more about Realphones and enter the giveaway below.

Utilities for mixing with headphones aren’t a new concept. However, there is still space in the market for different takes on enhancing and improving the headphones mixing experience.

dSONIQ Realphones

dSONIQ’s Realphones plugin is a different take on the formula. With three different pricing tiers, there are multiple ways to enter the Realphones ecosystem. As a Realphones user for the last two years, I can say I’ve been fairly satisfied with the direction of the software.

Realphones operate either as a plugin or a system-wide method of leveling out your headphones. The system-wide application is useful and, given the environments present in the software, makes for a fairly wonderful listening experience across a wide swathe of media.

In an audio mixing environment is where Realphones really shines, however.

Provided you have a supported pair of headphones, you can select a profile of your choice and get to work. Realphones can either simulate an actual studio environment, similar to Waves and their NX head-tracking software, or operate as a simple means of correcting frequencies for a flatter listening experience.

The simulated environments range from studio spaces to small consumer-grade speakers and give a rough estimate of how your mix translates on different playback devices. Studio spaces give greater bass and treble response, making sub-bass frequencies and airiness more noticeable.

For best results, you’ll want to place the Realphones plugin at the end of whatever processing chain you have on the master bus or your monitoring bus.

Realphones can simulate various listening environments, including a car interior.

Realphones can simulate various listening environments, including a car interior.

There is, thankfully, a safe gain limiter meant to protect your ears more so than provide any mastering grunt. All things said, Realphones is a worthy purchase for those looking for something to give a little less partiality to their headphones.

If you don’t have the room for a pair of studio monitors or just want to see how your mix sounds on a home speaker, then do look into Realphones.

These are the main features that set Realphones apart from similar products:

  • Headphone frequency response correction;
  • Studio control room emulation with professional near-field, mid-field, and far-field monitoring;
  • Binaural virtual positioning based on HRTF;
  • Emulation of the frequency response of professional and home/consumer audio reproduction systems;
  • Night club and car interior for mix-checking.

dSONIQ supports Mac and Windows users with VST and AAX universal across both platforms and AU as a Mac-only option. Realphones did receive a recent update granting native Apple Silicon compatibility.

Realphones are available in three different pricing tiers:

  • Realphones Lite Pack (€69)
  • Realphones Professional Pack (€99)
  • Realphones Ultimate Pack (€179)

The Lite Pack offers full functionality except for the standard headphone calibration profiles. The Professional Pack adds a set of three standard headphone calibration profiles. Lastly, the Ultimate Pack offers an unlimited selection of standard headphone calibration profiles for all supported models.

BPB readers get a 35% discount on all Realphones packs with the coupon code BEDROOMPRODUCERSBLOG until March 5th, 2023.

More info: dSONIQ Realphones (35% OFF with coupon code BEDROOMPRODUCERSBLOG)

The Giveaway

dSONIQ offers two FREE copies of Realphones to two lucky BPB readers. Thank you, dSONIQ!

To enter the giveaway, answer the following question in the comments section below: What are your favorite budget-friendly headphones for mixing? If you don’t use headphones, what are your favorite affordable studio monitors?

We will randomly select two lucky winners on Monday, February 27th. another big THANK YOU to dSONIQ for sponsoring this giveaway

Also, check out our BPB Community Giveaway.

Good luck, and thank you for reading Bedroom Producers Blog!

The winners are:

1) Marco Zappala: m***********@*******.***

2) Marco: f*******@y****.**

Congratulations! dSONIQ will send you the prize via email.

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Liam is a producer, mixing engineer, and compressor aficionado. When not mixing, he can be found pretending to play guitar, as he has been doing for the last 20 years.


  1. SubZero Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones. Comfortable for long recording/mixing sessions. Wired in the studio (low latency), wireless on your way home. Gear4Music’s own brand. Good balance for a good balance of money.

  2. I did not have the chance to test a broad range of headphones, but right now I’m using Audiotechnica ATH-M40x.

    Thanks for the chance!

  3. What are your favorite budget-friendly headphones for mixing? If you don’t use headphones, what are your favorite affordable studio monitors?

    Audio Technica ATH-M40x

  4. Jose Mari Ibanez


    Haven’t really tested the more common headphones that producers use, but the one I currently use is the Sennheiser HD 206. I really like the low-end definition on this one.

  5. Either Audio Technica ATH-M50x or the M40x for more budget friendly. As for monitors, maybe the Yamaha HS5’s or Pioneer DM40’s.

  6. I have the Audio Technica M50x and being an “economic” range, they are good enough, I recognize the snares well, the battery and they are in general reasonably balanced, even so when I can I will look for one of the beyerdynamic DT-990 Pro type or similar .

  7. What is budget friendly? Whose budget? Whatever you listen to your mix on shouldn’t necessarily be as expensive or great as possible, but it should be good enough to represent the sound fairly, in a familiar way, and comfortable enough to use for several hours straight. It is the second or third most important thing in your arsenal, after yourself and whatever you are recording or playing back with, so dedicating some percentage of the budget to getting a decent set – even whilst not making much money – is sensible.

    I mostly prefer the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250, since they are (now) not that expensive and I’ve spent nearly two decades working on sets, stages, or studios with them. A close second is the Shure SE215, for much the same reason. There are definitely better quality options, but I couldn’t afford them at first, and now these are almost family and mixing on other cans would take more work.

  8. Adilbek Temirkhanov


    Been using different headphones on budget over the course of couple years, and Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro turned out to be the best option!

  9. Claus Petersen


    I would recommend the beyerdynamics DT-770 Pro, because I think they are a good bet when it comes to a pair of budget headphones. I have them myself and I have always been happy with them

  10. The headphones that I use, Senheiser HD-215. I didn’t get to do an A-B with other headphones, so I can choose them as favorites in a contest, but I’m very pleased with them. i compared them with a couple of others when I bought them, and they won.

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