Dear Ott, as a mixing engineer how did you manage to not go crazy listening to the same songs 100x each on repeat?

Ott responded on 07/02/2012


Try 500x.

That's like asking a chef if he goes crazy pan frying a duck breast for the 500th time.

Every mix is unique and the act of listening to each song endlessly is all part of the process.

It becomes hypnotic after a while and you enter a trance-like state where you become intensely familiar with every single detail of the recording and know exactly which parts you want to change and how.

When the mix is done I don't want to hear the track for at least six months and it takes about this long for me to be able to hear it as a piece of music again, rather than a piece of work to be adjusted.

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