Dom Morley is a Grammy-winning producer, mixer, engineer and founder of The Mix Consultancy. He's just written an article for Pro Tools Expert on how we often strive for perfect mixes, and in doing so, we may be doing more harm than good. Here's a brief extract:
The mind-set of perfectionism will always be looking for the 'right' way to mix something, instead of looking for a great way to mix it - however that goes and whatever that means on the day. I will often try something out when I'm knee-deep in a mix, follow that idea for a while, then realise it doesn't work. Bad idea. Mistake. But no problem - I learnt more about what doesn't work which gets me closer to what does. The need to find the 'right' solution can mean a weird idea is cut off too soon before it's really been explored, or before it's had a chance to inspire something else that does work.
It's an excellent take on approaching mixing without putting huge amounts of pressure on ourselves before we even touched a fader. Read the full article on Pro Tools Expert: https://www.pro-tools-expert.com/production-expert-1/how-to-get-a-perfect-mix-every-time
Dom offers a free Mixing 101 course on his website - a mini-course on the four things that you really need to know in order to get great mixes: https://the-mix-consultancy.teachable.com/p/mixing-101
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