Blue Cat's Re-Head Plug-In For Headphones Released!

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KVRAF
4299 posts since 8 Sep, 2004 from Paris (France)

Post Tue May 12, 2020 4:10 am

Blue Cat's Re-Head, our brand new plug-in created to make using headphones easier for musicians and audio professionals and announced at NAMM, is now available for purchase!

Listening through headphones gives a distinctly different experience compared to listening through studio monitors. Furthermore, prolonged use of headphones can be fatiguing. These are the problems that Re-Head solves for you!

You get get it at a special introduction price (30% off) until June 14th, and existing customers will receive an even better deal by email: check it out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJP1wQBJUuU

Main features:
- "Head response" model: get a more natural tone when working with headphones.
- Adjust the position and the angle between the virtual speakers.
- Adjust the brightness.
- Built-in EQ and spectrum analyzer.
- Impulse response (IR) loader to mimic your listening room.
- Frequency compensation for a number of popular mixing headphones.Flip the left and right channels.
- Zero latency.

enCiphered
KVRian
854 posts since 13 Dec, 2016

Re: Blue Cat's Re-Head Plug-In For Headphones Released!

Post Tue May 12, 2020 4:14 am

This sounds and looks awesome. Congrats!!

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KVRAF
1833 posts since 24 Mar, 2015 from Toronto, Canada

Re: Blue Cat's Re-Head Plug-In For Headphones Released!

Post Tue May 12, 2020 4:33 am

cool. so this is mostly for mastering with h-phones?

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KVRAF
4299 posts since 8 Sep, 2004 from Paris (France)

Re: Blue Cat's Re-Head Plug-In For Headphones Released!

Post Tue May 12, 2020 4:39 am

It is for anyone who works with headphones: engineers but also musicians (as a guitar player, this plug-ins saved my life and ears: I can now practice with headphones with a great tone and much less headaches).

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KVRian
854 posts since 13 Dec, 2016

Re: Blue Cat's Re-Head Plug-In For Headphones Released!

Post Tue May 12, 2020 5:13 am

Bought and awaiting the serial!
Does it have a standalone version like Sonarworks or can I only load it as a plugin? And do you recommend placing it as last insert after the limiter?

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KVRAF
4299 posts since 8 Sep, 2004 from Paris (France)

Re: Blue Cat's Re-Head Plug-In For Headphones Released!

Post Tue May 12, 2020 5:30 am

Yes, it should be placed at the very end of the signal chain.
user manual wrote:Getting Started: Where Does My Head Go?
Re-Head is a tone correction tool to enhance the monitoring experience on headphones. So it should be placed at the very end of the signal chain, right before the headphones: it should be the last plug-in in the chain.

If you are monitoring a mix with headphones, just insert Re-Head on the master bus, as the last plug-in. If you need to fix a headphones mix for tracking, place the plug-in at the very end of the chain on the phones mix bus.

In all cases, do not use the plug-in when listening on speakers, as it will completely screw up the frequency response and stereo balance. The plug-in will only work with headphones.

Warning: when the plug-in is placed on the master bus, do not forget do disable it when exporting a mix!

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KVRian
854 posts since 13 Dec, 2016

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Post Tue May 12, 2020 5:46 am

Cool, thanks!
One last question: The AT M50 in the EQ settings, is it the same as ATH-M50 X from Audio -Technica?

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KVRian
854 posts since 13 Dec, 2016

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Post Tue May 12, 2020 7:04 am

Oh and, your special introductory pricing mail for existing customers arrives a few hours to late

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KVRAF
4299 posts since 8 Sep, 2004 from Paris (France)

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Post Tue May 12, 2020 7:11 am

enCiphered wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 7:04 am
Oh and, your special introductory pricing mail for existing customers arrives a few hours to late
Please contact us by email so that we can solve that!

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KVRAF
4299 posts since 8 Sep, 2004 from Paris (France)

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Post Tue May 12, 2020 7:16 am

enCiphered wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 5:46 am
Cool, thanks!
One last question: The AT M50 in the EQ settings, is it the same as ATH-M50 X from Audio -Technica?
I think it's the older model (without a 'X'). But every single pair of headphones is unique, so you usually need to adapt the EQ to your own model.

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KVRian
854 posts since 13 Dec, 2016

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Post Tue May 12, 2020 8:26 am

Blue Cat Audio wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 7:16 am
enCiphered wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 5:46 am
Cool, thanks!
One last question: The AT M50 in the EQ settings, is it the same as ATH-M50 X from Audio -Technica?
I think it's the older model (without a 'X'). But every single pair of headphones is unique, so you usually need to adapt the EQ to your own model.
Does anyone know how to do that?

rrichard63
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249 posts since 14 Oct, 2013 from San Francisco Bay Aea

Re: Blue Cat's Re-Head Plug-In For Headphones Released!

Post Tue May 12, 2020 10:59 am

The manual mentions using IRs to compensate for headphone frequency response as well as to simulate speaker and room response. Where can I find headphone response IRs? The headphone response data I am aware of (e.g. Sonarworks Reference and ToneBoosters Morphit) is in the form of detailed EQ curves, not in the form of IRs. Thanks in advance!

simmo75
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2040 posts since 25 Mar, 2016 from Seattle

Re: Blue Cat's Re-Head Plug-In For Headphones Released!

Post Tue May 12, 2020 12:17 pm

Will you be adding more headphone models.
Like the Audeze LCD-1... Hint hint... ;)

perpetual3
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1393 posts since 28 Sep, 2012

Re: Blue Cat's Re-Head Plug-In For Headphones Released!

Post Tue May 12, 2020 12:19 pm

How is this different than Goodhertz Can Opener 3?

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1866 posts since 30 Aug, 2004 from Lancaster, UK

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Post Tue May 12, 2020 2:34 pm

Very intriguing and very promising! Blue Cat Audio is known for great tools, so I hope this will be one of them. It seems to be like combining ReferenceWorks/MorphIt and Can Opener.

Like others above, I am thinking about missing headphone models. In the video, there is the 770 and 990, but not the 880 for example. Maybe we in this pro and semi-pro community can somehow make our own models/EQ settings (?) and then share them using the Load... function? That would be an awesome addition, I think, and it would set this product even more apart from ReferenceWorks and MorphIt.
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