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Fresh ears make all the difference

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Hardnox, Mar 2, 2002.

  1. Hardnox

    Hardnox Guest

    Thought I'd share:

    My brother and I were working on a track a few days ago and we began to get frustrated and were thinking "this sucks". We stopped for the day and after watching the Grammys (which we thought sucked as well), we thought of just starting a completely new song. It was, at the time, the greatest idea.

    Yesterday evening (2 or 3 days after hearing it) we threw on the track with fresh ears and we all of a sudden we were loving it! Hearing things we never heard before and once again we became inspired. Needless to say we're going to continue on with the same song next session.

    Hardnox Productions
  2. XHipHop

    XHipHop Guest

    Hey Dan,
    Was that you in the back of the new Keyboard magazine? If so, congrats on the write up. I remember the Hardnox logo on a tshirt.

    And to stay on topic, yes, hearing things w/ fresh ears makes a world of difference. I love when bands give me a long time to mix somes songs...they'll definitely get the best results when i go over it the second time.

  3. Bob Olhsson

    Bob Olhsson Active Member

    Feb 13, 2001
    Nashville TN
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    Probably the biggest secret to great production is developing the skills to keep your ears fresh. To me, this breaks down into two basic approaches.

    The first is working extremely fast, precisely and intuitively. The second is working until you think you are done and then putting it away for several weeks and then REALLY finishing it.

    I can't say one way is any better than the other in terms of the end product besides being more appropriate to the situation. I can say that DAWs lend themselves a lot more to the latter while world class studios and session musicians are almost mandatory to really pull off the former.
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