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Old 16th September 2019
People dont trust their ears.
Because our ears are so good in adapting and can easily get fooled.

Thats why many mixing engineers develop "standards" over the years.
They make choices because they are approved. Even Pro engineers do that.
That makes decisions much easier and faster.

IMO thats quite often the reason for choosing a certain hardware, reaching for that "Bass Drum EQ", using that Lexicon 480L etc etc...

I heard ITB mixes that sounded super analog and analog mixes that sounded harsh/cold/digital.
For me it really comes down to the engineers experience, his "standards".
No matter if ITB or OTB.
If you got a certain sound/ image in your head, than go ahead and "trust your ears"