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Loving mixes, hating them.
Old 5th August 2002
  #1
Lives for gear
 
🎧 15 years
Loving mixes, hating them.

I go up and down on this all the time. It seems like I hate everything I do, then all of a sudden I'll get over my hump and think i do really good work, then i come back to hating everything.

I know this is a personal thing I have problems with, but it can really stress me out. Like I'm working on this thing now that everyone is in love with.... but i hate it. Sure a year ago I would have been stoked to have gotten it sound like it does, but now the tiniest little details are making me not able to listen to it. I'll pop in the reference cd's the band brought in, and my mixes sound better, but for some reason the tinniest little things are killing me.

At least now I'm at the point of where I hate almost all recordings, not just mine. I just wish I cant wait for when I hate mine less then the big budget records I always compare stuff to.

So do you ever get to the point of where you've done a perfect recording? Because so far everything I've done has bothered me in some way.
Old 7th August 2002
  #2
Nik
Gear Nut
 
🎧 15 years
Hi,

A few pieces of advice were given to me a few years ago when I suffered from "Mix angst"...

1. Make a point of not listenning back to your work for 6 months after the album has been released. Very NB.

2. Get a hoby. There is more to life than the studio. Music is meant to enhance life and to be enjoyed when one has a life. Out of this creativity flows.

We tend to get so microscopic and forget to listen and enjoy music like we did in high school! Seldom do we have perfect tracks to work with. Always something has been compromised..

It often helps to see and remember what you were given before you completed your mix.

Just some thoughts.......................I spend many long hours alone and sometimes blow things out of proportion. Happens so easily. Good to chat with other mix engineers etc. You will find the stories are all similar.

Chin up.

Nik
Old 8th August 2002
  #3
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Old production showreels make me wince...

Onwards and upwards

Reach for the stars

Quest for quality

We can sleep when we are dead!

heh
Old 19th August 2002
  #4
Gear Head
 
🎧 15 years
Don't forget to eat before you evaluate anything.

I get absolutely evil & depressed. Then I eat, and lo & behold, the universe is orderly once again.

Definitely the suggestion of not listening to your stuff for a while is a good one. Don't get bogged-down in your past work so you can look forward (yeichs... I sound like a motivational speaker). Obviously, you don't want to "reinvent the wheel", but every session is a chance to play. I always feel most positive when I'm breaking-out & doing something fresh.

Also, a jazz cat I know has this advice from his wife: "Don't forget to breathe." Seems that when he's gettin' it on, he forgets to...

Peace,
C
Old 13th September 2002
  #5
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🎧 15 years
Quote:
Make a point of not listenning back to your work for 6 months after the album has been released. Very NB.
soooo true!!

I thought I had done a great mix of an album recently BUT!! my client was much happier since I put it through an L2 and made it look like a lolipop, with a stick (intro)

oh well - you win some you loose some - he's happy
I'll listen to it in 6 months

cheers
John
Old 3rd October 2002
  #6
Gear Addict
 
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🎧 15 years
great replies so far, plus:

1) The music you heard as a kid that made you want to do this all your life probably wouldn't stand up to the kind of scrutiny you're subjecting yourself to. You still love it though, don't you?

2) If you're conflicted about your mixes, that's often a sign that you are, in fact, soing a great job. if it was perfect it would be boring.
Old 4th October 2002
  #7
Nik
Gear Nut
 
🎧 15 years
Yup! Very true!

Finished mixes on another project today so I guess I can kick back and have a nice weekend because........Monday is a new project.

Using a C2 on 2-bus. Really digging it.

Nik
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