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8 Ways Your Ears Get Tricked in EVERY Mix

Aug 24, 2023 | 13,062 Views

Learn 8 typical audio issues that can easily trick your ears when recording and producing music. Whether you're a seasoned pro mixer or a curious home studio newcomer, these are issues to always pay attention to.

Ever wondered why your mix doesn’t always turn out as expected? Are you tired of second-guessing yourself in a mix? In this video, we reveal 8 ways your ears get tricked in every mix.

Explore how unmanaged level differences, subtle pitch issues in polyphonic instruments, monitoring and common studio acoustics all have the power to impact your critical decision-making process.

This tutorial doesn’t just highlight problems – we also provide practical solutions to help easily mitigate these challenges.

Whether you're a seasoned pro or a curious newcomer, this video aims to elevate your mixing game ensuring your ears become more aware of how these typical audio issues can easily mislead your perception when producing music.

  • 0:00: Introduction
  • 0:30 #1 Unmanaged level differences
  • 2:41 #2 Studio acoustics
  • 5:19 #3 Headphones left on for no reason
  • 6:07 #4 Acting on too many mix references
  • 7:25 #5 The Fletcher Munson Curve
  • 9:01 #6 Ear fatigue
  • 9:55 #7 Phase Cancelations
  • 12:12 #8 Small pitch issues in polyphonic instruments
  • 13:33 Honorable Mention: Your eyes also play tricks on your ears