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Old 6th January 2011
  #32
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Focus

Great topic. You have to think about what the average listener going to take from a song? Is he going to hear too much compression on the drums or is he going to think that the song needs more de-essing etc. No. Obviously if a mix is just awful the listener will be turned off but mostly in extreme cases. In this forum there is going to be more emphasis on fidelity but in the real world of teenage bedrooms and crappy car stereos, not so much. As an artist turned engineer by default I find myself spending more time on the sound of a song rather than the actual song itself. I spend hours tweaking and messing with a mix and I get caught up in the option anxiety involved with computer recording. I stop thinking about the emotional impact of the song which is really the most important element of it in the end.