@Kurt Foster @audiokid @Boswell @kmetal @pcrecord @paulears @Paul999 @Paul Christensen ( et al...) In terms of songs we've either performed on, recorded, or mixed... Are we ever able to listen back, sometimes just a few day or weeks later, sometimes maybe even months and years later, and be able to not think: "I really wish I'd ________ on that song", "I sure wish I would have had __________ on that track", or "If I'd only been able to _________"... ...and you can fill in the blanks however you want.... it could be a mix thing, as in an EQ setting, a track/instrument level/balance thing, or it could be a doubt about the tracking, as in mic used, position, technique, or, it could even be a performance issue... a part you played or sang... My question is, how many times have any of us been able to listen back to a song we were involved in at some point, and have really been able to say to ourselves, "Yup. Nailed it." I'm not talking about the obvious deal breakers - the in-your-face, "can't-help-but-notice" types of errors - like clams, sloppy playing, missing a beat, blowing a fill or break, or over-processing a mix to the point of destroyed sonics... I'm talking about being pretty happy with something, with most things, and still be able to be happy with it afterwards, and have few regrets about anything, or, being absolutely 100% satisfied with it. Most of us will be willing to admit to usually getting about 90% -95% of the way there, and that's if we are really "on". And in most cases, 95% is probably good enough for the non artists, who listen as just average music lovers. But can we ourselves ever really, truly be 100% satisfied? Or is it just inherent in our DNA, in our instinctual nature as writers, musicians, and producers, and arrangers and engineers, to never be able to be completely satisfied? To always think - that no matter how well we might have done something - that there is always "something" we could have done to make it better....to make it perfect. No matter how close we feel we may get, the times that we feel we fall "this far short" (insert tiny little emoticon of thumb and forefinger making a "this close" symbol here ) seem to happen quite a bit, or at least that's the way I feel, and many of my peers/colleagues have admitted this, also. Chris has said in the past that the hardest part of mixing is in the last 2 or 3 percent. I almost agree with him on this, my own observation is more like the last 10% LOL. And this also goes for performances too - can we ever listen to a guitar solo, or a lead vocal track, or a hooky riff that was part of the song and say to ourselves "I couldn't have done that any better". I'm just curious as to how others here may feel... and it's not really even a gear thing, either. It's more about our own level of satisfaction as engineer artists, as producer artists, as performing artists. I'm also curious if the high level, the well-known and respected cats ever feel this way... (?) Did Roger Nichols ever listen to Aja', or Fagan's Nightfly, (which are sonically fantastic sounding albums) and think to himself, "Hmmm. I wish I would have done that different". Or, has Alan Parsons ever heard a part of DSOTM and thought to himself, "I wish I would have pushed that ____ forward /back more." I'm just curious to see what the members here think of this. And ... it's totally okay to say that you feel that you always nail it, or that you are always happy, if you really do feel that way.... To which I'd respond with a sincere "God Bless and more power to ya!" But speaking for myself, I'm certainly not one who can't honestly say that. Thoughts?