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Not sure if I have Good Mix or a Bad Mix?
Sorry if this question is a bit too ambiguous or subjective. But, when I listen to one of my mixes after a break, something in the mix will stand out at me, say a bass guitar starting to play after an intro of other instruments. But on listening to the mix again without making any changes, the mix sounds fine. This occurs on both headphones and monitors.
Have any of you experienced this and does this mean I have a good mix or a bad mix?
Help and advice is much appreciated,
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- andy cross
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As mixers we take audio apart with our brains - we can't help it. If the last thing I've been working on is the bass, then my ears are drawn to it and I'll often convince myself it's not right in some way. If I can leave it a couple of days I'll listen to the mix more as a whole. If something is genuinely wrong then it will be relatively easy to notice - and will often not be the part you'd been concentrating on last!
When you're working professionally you often aren't allowed the luxury of putting a mix aside for a while, but as often as possible I will try to do this. It's a rare mix that I'll listen to later and not wish I'd done something differently.
If this is your own work, then simply move onto something else and come back to the mix later - you'll likely be better able to judge what you've done.
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Lots of breaks and change the monitor you hear, so even if youve got cheap headphones or earbuds, listen to those for a change, and of course the old listen to it in your car stereo.
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