hey guys, i want to share some thoughts with you about a topic that is killing me everytime i produce a 'larger' project (like a full length album) or generally have a lot of work to do. at the time i really get into the mix and really try to make it sound right, sometimes i get in a strange headspace, where my perception starts to bend and the following scenarios occur: 1. my mix sounds better than everything else 2. my mix sounds worse than everything else 3. i feel like the song/performance/raw tracks/whatever is/are shit and no one could make the material sound good 4. i have no opinion at all about my mix, i cant tell if it sounds good or bad i use reference mixes, but i try to not overuse them, e.g. switching back and forth and try matching EQ curves for certain intstruments. that only seems to work as a starting point at the very start of a mix. if i have it at a decent level, reference mixes dont seem to help anymore and i really have to focus on THE SONG to make it sound right. worst case of the above mentioned is of course 1. if that happens i immediately stop for the day (at least, thats what i try to do) and start over the next day with fresh ears. (not always possible when there is a lot of work to do) another thing that happens pretty often is 3. i mix quite a lot material that was recorded elsewhere (a lot of the times in rehearsel spaces under shitty circumstances) and i often get to the point where i think "this guitar/snare/vocal etc. will never sound better than this" i think i tend to 'overmix' a lot of the time. im sure that has happened to everyone of us. that awkward moment when u compare the just finished 8-hour mix with 8 zillion plugins on every track to the first rough you did, and it sucks in comparsion. so i want to talk about the headspace / mindset of mixing when u have a lot of work to do and cant afford to take longer pauses between your mixing sessions. (that of course helps the most, at least in my experience) i am at a point where i think i know a lot of technical stuff, i have access to quite a lot of gear and a decent monitoring situation. i feel my hearing is well too, having learned EQing over the years and often times instantly know what frequency has to be changed etc without messing around. the more frustrating it is that i take super long time to get the mix where it lasts multiple days without me wanting to change it. perhaps some of you guys run into the same problems, and i would be interested in how you deal with that. it seems that there is not much technical stuff left to learn that would give an instant "aha!"-effect and instantly make my mixing better. (of course that may be the case) i just try to get better by mixing all the time and never settle unless the mix gives me goosebumps, but that seems hard to achieve. just work hard, over and over again, until it sounds right. i have attached a shitty quality yt-link of my last larger project: (this is NOT supposed to be a thread where you rate my mix, its just a vague references on which 'level' i might be) thanks a lot guys! i hope i dont come across to whiney, haha.