Rest Your Ears! Creating Time Limits for Your Mixing Sessions: Every done this? You mix until late in the night, go to sleep, and then the next morning re-listen to your mix only to discover within a few seconds that much of the previous night’s efforts sound like complete garbage. Personally, I’ve done this too many times to count. For me there are two causes for this:
- Mixing too long.
- Ear fatigue.
I’ve found that if I work on a mix for longer than 60 minutes consecutively that I loose perspective. I need to walk away (or go to sleep) and come back later, regardless of how well the mixing session is going. The good news is that once you come back with fresh ears you’re listening to the mix as a whole, not independent instruments, and you can quickly determine what needs to be altered. Creating time limits for your mixing sessions might actually speed up the completion of the mix!