Headphone / Amp for mixing and mastering, Please help !


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Hello there
i am new in here, hope i am starting this thread in the right place

I am a music producer, I've been making Trip-Hop / electronica for a few years now. I am also working abroad (PE teacher), always traveling so i can't have a proper treated home studio.

I am currently using :

  • MONITORS : Presonus Eris E5
  • AUDIO INTERFACE : Focusrite 2i4 2nd gen
  • HEADPHONES : Audio Technica ATH-M50X
  • MSI laptop

I am having a very VERY hard time mixing and mastering songs so I am thinking about buying an openback Headphones. After a long googling session, I felt In love with the Beyerdynamic DT1990 Pro (250uhm) . quiet expensive headphones (600 usd) and yet they need an AMP to run perfectly... (starting from 100 usd)

I know a lot of producers
do not advise
to use headphones when mixing but I have not choice.

My questions are :

  • what do you think about mixing with an openback headphones? please share your experiences
  • as I mentioned above, I am using a Focusrite 2i4, do I need to buy a amp to run the dt1990 ? if yes, which price friendly AMP do you guys propose ?
  • is there any lower price but yet similar quality headphones you know ?

thank you !

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