I cannot seem to get my head around how masking can make something out of nothing. When I solo some of my tracks, they are a trainwreck, yet they can sit in the mix perfectly, and the flaws (sometimes major) are entirely concealed. Heck, sometimes the mistakes add something interesting, almost a kind of random musical serendipity that could not be imagined in the first place or repeated again, no matter how hard one might try. How can this be? I mean I listen very intently for the flaws in the mix, and I simply cannot hear what I hear solo. I keep fighting with my internal instincts to redo tracks that sound great in the mix, so that they also sound right solo, but often the better track does not sit in the mix as well. It's peculiar to say the least.