The best car for the car test?

VW Bug

I was talking via IM to “Raytrace” who’s name you see all over music tech social media sites. We were talking about checking our mixing in cars and he said that the Volkswagen Beetle is known to have the best shape for audio playback. I never heard that before but on the surface it makes sense. I guess if the circular interior walls are matched with a killer Blaupunkt system right?

Here’s my check the mix workflow:

  1. Adam P11A (nice monitors)
  2. Yamaha NS10M’s + Powerful Amp (harsh but acurite)
  3. Sony MDR-7506 headphones (loud cans)
  4. Apple iPod in-ear headphones
  5. Subaru Impreza (Japanese car)
  6. Nightclub Soundcheck

Remember to listen from other rooms from where the speakers are playing with the doors shut. The next door effect can point out too loud mix elements. Try mixing with a fan or noise in the room. Check mixes in loud cars (see above) and in parked cars. Remember to mix with fresh ears before any other music making.

photo credit: nitrox09