OTT, do you arrange and compose your music and then mix or do you mix while you're arranging? I always get caught up doing both and never finish anything. I can't seem to find a method. Any advice? TY

Ott responded on 04/18/2012

Option A.

Mixing is its own distinct process.

The way I avoid the temptation to constantly fret about the hi-hat sound when I'm supposed to be arranging vocals is to spend most of my time listening in mono on a small cheap speaker.

It is perfectly adequate for judging the quality of the vocal take but meaningless in terms of the mix - meaning that there is no point in making mix judgements.

This frees me to concentrate on everything else.

Discovering this was the breakthrough which meant I was finally able to finish tracks.

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