After a long night of mixing, I'll be satisfied with a mix; but when I listen to it in the morning it "sounds" completely different (morning ears vs night ears). How do you deal with this phenomenon?

Ott responded on 03/05/2012

By turning it to my advantage.

The first few listens of the day, with fresh ears and perception, are the most valuable so I will work to finish the mix in the evening, get it as far as I can and then go to bed.

Any shortcomings are 100x more apparent in the morning than they are after a long session so when I come in the next day I will use that shift in perception to note and adjust whatever needs adjusting.

If I can't finish it in the first ten plays I know there is another days work to do.

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