If we’re being honest, most of the time the best thing we can do for our mixes is to walk away. Whether you’re mixing for a client for your own material, we need to not only take breaks, but have a system in place that allows some separation to occur before we give our mixes the final seal of approval and “print” them.
Start Your Mixes Fresh
When I’m ready to mix, I sit down when I’m most fresh, most awake. For me this is first thing in the morning after a hot cup of coffee. I don’t check email, I don’t text anyone, I don’t catch up on last night’s game. I simply open up the tracks and start working. The reason is simple, give your best effort to the initial mix, with fresh ears.
If you aren’t able to mix in the morning (work, school, family, etc) and your only available time blocks are late at night, then you have to do whatever it takes to get your ears fresh and your mind sharp before you sit down. Don’t rush into mixing from whatever you were doing prior. Take a few minutes to quiet your mind, get your studio space clean and comfortable, get some caffeine in your system and focus. This is key.
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