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. I love my Rokit 6s, and for headphones I’ve used loads, but I keep going back to my cheap £15 Sony headphones as I know them so well!

    • The open-back Sennheiser HD 560S are really good with increased sub bass extension without distortion, and neutral frequency response (without the “beyer” agressive high frequencies…!)
      And lovely wide soundstage.
      Got them to around 120€ on sale…

  2. I’ve been wearing Sony MDR-7506’s since I was 4 years old, and I still use them today almost 30 years later. :D

    Never listened to music through speakers, ever.. I’d have nothing to refer to if I tried to produce/mix with them, I think I’d have a hard time adapting.

  3. Working KRK 8 gen3 here but having started to switch to a Sennheiser 650 when it’s getting late. Also got a more expensive headphone but comfort and sound of the Sennheiser beats it.

  4. Shreyash Shrigondekar


    It doesn’t Matter what Headphones we used, if there is dSoniQ Plugin then We can acheive a great Flat response with any Budget Headphone

  5. hola, utilizo unos behringer HPX 2000, los uso siempre y son estables aunque no muy cómodos. eso si, muy economicos. saludos amigos de BPB y gracias a dSONIQ.

  6. I loved my Superlux 668B after changing the earpads (for comfort). Too bad the cable is now almost broken. I got a new pair of Sennheiser HD280 Pros, so it would be nice to test them out with the Realphones plugin.

  7. Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro, although I’m very aware that “budget friendly” means different things to different people and I have to admit that these are only borrowed.

  8. Right now I only can afford mixing and mastering with headphones, anown and love Audio Técnica ATH-M30x and Beyer Dynamic dt 770 pro.
    I used to have a pair of Yamaha HS5.

  9. headphones: focusrite HP60 mkIII closed back (came with a Scarlett solo bundle, and are great in a pinch or traveling)

    monitors: Presonus Eris 3.5 & 4.5 (got a lot of milage of these for quick pop up hotel producing and bedroom producing)

  10. I worked in the biggest music equipment stores in London about twenty years ago, sold so much equipment to fellow musicians and producers. I miss those days !
    I also bought lots of gear from the shop, including a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 250, that I still own and use every day to this day ! Imagine the quality ..!
    I also use near05 monitors.
    As I’m working on my music I’m struggling with understanding how it translates to other systems. Particularly some tracks with synth bass seem to be duller outside my monitoring system.
    That’s why I’d love to win a copy of Realphones by Dsoniq. I hope it would help me make better mixes. This year I want to release a bunch of music under a new artist name, I’ve never released before, but I’ve been working on it every day for about a year since covid and I’m nearly ready to share my music. Mostly synth guitar pop rock, a blend of everything I love. And there’s a massive influence from BPB as I’ve come to love lots of things recommended here…

    THANKS !!

  11. small monitor-wise, when setup right, the cheapo jbl lsr’s are proper dogs (i got a pair when my mains needed repair and they just worked worked worked)

  12. I didn’t see anyone comment this yet but I think the Focal Listen Pros are some of the best bang for your buck. I personally use Sennheiser hd650s but I think if I could go back and buy headphones with what I know now I’d 100% get focal lisen’s or hd600s.

    Your monitoring is everything and my teacher always keeps his hd600s on standby even tho he’s got some fancy genelecs haha

  13. I’ve been using AT ATH M40X for 2 years now and never had any problems! The only thing I did to make them better was to change pads (I’m currently using BRAINWAVZ Angled Ear Pads and there is a big difference!)

  14. AudioTechnica ATH M40x is not super expensive fairly decent especially if on sale, but amazing quality I used mine for years before upgrading to the ATH M70x

  15. I use Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro 250ohm. That’s what i have, i work with them almost exclusively. So far, I am really plesed with them.

  16. My current headphones of choice – Audiotechnica ATH M50x, very comfortable and detailed.
    And of course my pair of Prodipe Pro 5 studio monitors – not super powerful, yet very even and precise in frequency, while probably the cheapest in the segment!

  17. I use dt990 at home, but in practice there is not enough control of the bottoms and the lower middle, so I use additional monitoring.

  18. I like the stereo field of the Beyerdynamic dt 770s, but the Sennheiser HD 280 pros have a better sub response, are more accurate, and the cable is more manageable so I use those. I’m looking at getting a set of Beyerdynamic DT 700 pros in the near future so hopefully that’s the best of both worlds.

  19. Anthony Junior Ikenwa


    I only use head phone AUDIO TECHNICA ATH M30 during recording session. I use KRK Rokit 8.Monitor during mix and Master

  20. Can someone answer this please (this isn’t an entry!):

    Is it that with the Professional version you have to choose 3 headphone profiles when registering and they are the only 3 that you can ever use or that you can change profiles but can only have 3 active at any one time?

  21. Hi, most of the time I use the 770 Pro, sometimes the 990 Pro.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win something again.
    Good luck to all.

  22. I got myself a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO and I think those are a really solid choice for mixing in that price range.

  23. I have a weakness for collecting good budget priced headphones discounted to less than £100,
    So my ‘favourite’ tends to be the next ‘phones I’m excited to impulse buy in a flash sale.

  24. My favorite budget headphone is Oneodio Pro 10 and my favorite budget studio monitor is the JBL 104 Professional series compact reference monitors.

  25. As a Recoding engineer for over 20 years I have gone through so many headphones in the booth so as long as they have a good frequency range, little bit heavy on the bass, don’t fall apart in a month and have a nice look t them I won’t complain. Right now I’m using A pair of $30 OneOdio’s and I Love them.

    I had a pair of BX5 for 10 years but 2 years ago I need to replace them so I picked up a Pair of Behringer STUDIO 50USB which I think are way better. They use USB and 1/4 adapters so I can run my video and audio workstations separately.. When it comes to mastering it’s great to have a cheap pair of head phones , Studio Monitors, A Subwoofer, and little computer speakers.

    Thank you for taking time to read

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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

  29. 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.

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

  31. 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 .

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. 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

  35. 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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