One thing I find with recording and mixing (that I imagine applies pretty well to musicians recording in the studio) are the various ways in which your mood, and other things surrounding the session, can affect the quality and productivity of the session.

Working to a extremely tight deadline on some mixes recently I found that the quality was suffering because I felt I didna��t have as much time as the mixes needed. As soon as I had completed the first round of rough mixes and sent them off to the artist, that pressure lifted and my second round of mixes were far and away better than the first. Creatively I felt I had more freedom and that translated to the tracks.

Obviously these kinds of things are hard to control but understanding and controllingA�them, I think, is the key to better creativity, better recordings and better tracks!

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