No, that subject line isn’t a typo. 🙂

I came across something this morning that intrigued me.

Yesterday afternoon I sat down in my studio and shot the next video for my Understanding Mixing customers.

(If you haven’t joined yet, you still can here:
www.UnderstandingMixing.com )

In the video, I was demonstrating how I like to go about doing a static mix on the song (which I think is one of the most important steps to the whole process).

But after shooting the video and making arrangements to have it edited and uploaded to the members area, I had this nagging feeling that it wasn’t quite right.

I thought about it for a few minutes, and I realized that I hadn’t demonstrated the static mix as clearly as I wanted. More specifically, I had shown the static mix in a way that would have caused confusion and quite a few questions.

In short, the video wasn’t good enough.

So what did I do? Ignore my conscience and submit a subpar video for my members? Talk myself out of it, saying “Oh, it’s not that bad.”?

Nope.

I got up this morning and re-shot the video.

And this time it was EXACTLY how I wanted it to be. I explained things much more clearly and was able to demonstrate all the aspects and benefits of the static mix without being confusing.

And that’s the case sometimes. Sometimes you have to do things twice to get the result you want. Sometimes you have to expend twice the effort to get to and end product you can be happy with.

Whether it’s recording a vocal or mixing a song, sometimes you just need a do-over.

And that’s okay.

Sometimes a do-over is the very best thing you can do.

Joe “Do-It-Again” Gilder
Home Studio Corner

 

  • Luke

    I recently mixed a song to about 75% and just got fed up. I knew i could do better, i had to do better. I want back to my first saved file, where only the tracks had been loaded, and started again. About 3 hours gone. Man, that track sounds killer to me now! I haven’t done that many times, but I think i’ll keep your words in mind for future projects. Thanks Joe!