Well, I said I bumped up the volume on your lead break, but I guess a banjo player could just as easily look at it as my turning down the rest of his playing. My own personal preference (prejudice?) is that the banjo not be up front so much, but I’m probably in the minority amongst bluegrass fans.
I thought your “person who played listening to themselves syndrome” comment was insightful. I get the sydrome when I mix a new track whether it’s me or someone else playing. I’ve started guarding against making new tracks too prominent by intentionally putting them futher back into the mix than seems initially right. Either way, tweaking follows.
As you said, we all have different ears, and just as importantly, I believe, different platforms for playing our music. I feel like I’m the only one who get’s to hear the optimal mix of our project, because I’m the only one who gets to make decisions based on my own playback system, speaker placement, etc. Professionals seem to have tricks that minimize the difference in playback between platforms (I know how much you dislike over-compression)… I’m still trying to learn them.
I think, ideally, musician and engineer should sit in the same room, listen to the same playback, and make mutual decisions about the mix. In fact, I wish there was some way to put your guy’s hands on the faders on our current project. I’ve thought about using something like Teamviewer that would allow you to remotely access my computer, but it doesn’t support audio files, so you couldn’t hear the playback. Does anyone know of a program that would allow remote computer access with audio? I’d be really interested in seeing how different our mixes would be.