Mix Translation: Three mistakes that keep you from trusting your room

mix translation & psychoacoustics

You know that feeling you get when, after a late night of mixing, you get into the studio the next morning, feeling all excited, bubbly inside?

Cause you can't wait to hear how freakin' AWESOME the mix sounded you were working on last night?

So you make a quick cup of coffee, boot up your system, load the session, hit play aaaaaaannnd....
It's awful.

Like really bad..

Wait what...?


Why is the snare so loud!!!?!?!?

Hang on.. Did you load the right session..?

Nope.. This is it... This is it!

This is it!???




I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. We've all been there.

What you experienced in that moment is the result of what I call "taste drift".

It's caused by a somewhat counterintuitive part of psychoacoustics: the fact that humans are really bad at remembering sound accurately.

Like REALLY bad.

And if you're not aware of these idiosyncrasies of your hearing apparatus and how they affect your mixing, it can really hurt your ability to create mixes that translate.

So this week I've collected three unconscious mistakes that you are making that keep you from trusting your room.



"How to correctly place your listening position and speakers, no matter what room you're in."

  • Find the correct wall to face in your home studio
  • Optimize the low end and minimize reflection effects
  • Get the distance between wall and speakers right
  • Get a stereo image like on really good headphones

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