Hi guys and gals, Here's a mental process I came across today in mixing. I was working on a couple of songs for days on end trying to balance everything out. I worked on the mixes, rendered, worked again, always something missing. And then it dawned on me: "I'm trying to balance these songs, but what is balance anyway? What balance am I looking for?" that's when I started asking the right questions like "what is the right balance for this song?" in a few clever moves I got the mixes where I wanted them. Though they were by the same artist and with similar arrangements, they seemed to 'ask' for different things. I had spent days doing everything by default, thinking that balance was about having everything in the same relative level, with a carved out frequency range. Well, the conclusion I came to is, beyond all the little things that most mixers do, there is no such thing as balance in mixing. You have to have a clear view of what the song is about and how each instrument will sit preferably before your even start pulling up the faders... otherwise (don't know who said this first) we wouldn't be spending 95% of our time doing 5% of the work. Thoughts?