Most of us don’t have the luxury of a completely neutral listening environment.
As if it wasn’t enough dealing with the usual troubles of recording, mixing and producing music…
On top of all that we are constantly deceived by acoustics.
It’s not uncommon to find that a tune sounds great where you made it…
But take it to a different place and hey presto – it sounds “weird” or “off”.
This is most often because in your mix you have been unconsciously compensating for the deficiencies of your room acoustics and/or monitor speakers.
I’ve been there countless of times.
Here’s the good news:
You CAN learn to know how your music should sound in your room in order for it to sound good everywhere.
(Provided certain basic conditions are met of course – don’t expect to be mixing billboard material in your bedroom).
By continuously listening to your music in different environments.
See how it translates in the club, in the car, at your friends place…
See how it sounds on an iPod, the speaker of your cell phone and other playback devices.
Most people don’t have stupendous playback equipment to blast out your music anyway.
It will not happen in a heartbeat, but every time you listen to your stuff somewhere else…
You are in fact building up your skills to make epic mix decisions.