Are there things you’d like to be able to achieve but somewhat fail every time?
For me there certainly are. Obviously there are a ton of great mixes in older music that sounds great, partly because of all this beautiful vintage gear that few of us can afford so that’s not really relevant, but I’m talking more specifically about modern mixes.
I have this example: Moving On and Getting Over by John Mayer, which I believe was mixed by Manny Marroquin. In this song there is a specific warmth that I love but can’t seem to achieve myself. Of course a lot of this has to do with the performance and the recording, and the arrangement is pretty scarce so that makes it easier to enhance frequencies that would otherwise make the mix muddy. But the mix is awesome, right? It sounds really warm yet detailed and balanced, and it sounds dry but in a nice way (not bland).
What do you think produces this result?
Do you have other examples of mixes that you love and would like to be able to copy or inspire from?