i spend a really long time with the basic tracks, just working on the balance and the arrangement. pretty much just level and pan at this point. if something's really off i'll throw an eq on it.knobtwirler wrote:How about everyone's mixing workflow?
once i get that happening, i start running the tracks out to my analog stuff and back in. this is kind of tedious, but i usually think it sounds better than plugs, and probably doesn't take much more time in the end.
so now i have all the original tracks and the processed versions. (just want to note that i hate the term 'processed', as it sounds like i'm talking about an aural exciter or something equally dreadful). most of the time i blend them together, sometimes i just use the processed ones.
at that point i just listen to it over and over and keep fussing with the balance. i call it done when i don't have to use my imagination any more.
one thing i recommend: open up a new session and import all your mixes in progress. line them up in order and listen to them the way your ME is going to hear them. super helpful for judging relative vocal levels, kick/bass relationships, low end in general, etc etc.