thats the scenario - band was in, engineer and producer tracked the songs, did their overdubs, pack up the tape/drives - and call you in to mix the album at another house. I know this is how it goes for some, perhaps our moderator, perhaps not. Anyways, as a younger cat who is still trying to learn the art, and make a name for myself thru my work - I am still mostly doing smaller projects where I either do the whole thing, or just assist in the engineering. By no means do I get calls to come in and mix something. In my method of thinking about how I put together a song to tape, and then put the pieces in the right spots, and then blend them together - I find the tracking and overdubs essential to getting the final vision. I've taken it to myself at times to mix the demo's that come along with say a hdr-2496, or a mix+ rig, and it's a mind blowing experience. For one, you don't know what was going on in the tracking, what they were going for, or why? Also, for parts that may drop or sweep in to convey an emotional effect, how are you to know. I do understand that the "producer" would be there to point these things out to a degree, yet when mixing something - I would like to have gotten the sounds needed for the feel needed in the end. this question is for those of you who mix predominatly - or better yet mix stuff where you may not have been present on the tracking sessions. I don't want to come off sounding like a control freak needing to participate in every stage of the recording, yet at my young age in this field - I find mixing things I did not record a much larger challenge. perhaps I am not conveying my thoughts perfectly, yet I hope some of you know what I mean. I'm basically looking to hear from someone - "I listen to the rough mix a couple times, and have the "producer" point things out to me as I make sugestions", or "I take the roughs home and get piss drunk, try to dance/feel the song - and take notes on what could be done to change emotion" or "I take the roughs in my car with the "producer" and try to get a feel, along with make comments and mental notes" anyone - what are your methods of getting into and mixing someone else's labor?