One of the toughest things for me to do when mixing is trying to top a really good rough mix tha I made earlier in the process.  Rough mixes are usually made quickly without thinking and that's when instincts really kick in.  Balances feel great and the story is told well.  The problem come when the rough is great but doesn't hang with the competition sonically.  Changing the sonic landscape; adding more bottom, opening up the top inevitably changes the blends and the magic is lost.  These days when the world listens on macbook speakers and earbuds you really have to wonder if it's worth going through the pain.  Why not just use a good feeling rough.....



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