Mixing is normally pretty tedious for me but over the past few months I've just said fuck it and picked up a few plugins that automate the most tedious bits (i.e. levels, EQ, etc.). I also have a bunch of audio effect chain templates that speed up the process *massively*
Now this album that I've been dragging along like a ball and chain for the better part of two years looks like it's close to being done! What's more, I actually like it a lot 😱 Who would have thought???
To be honest, what it took for me to actually commit to mixing the album myself was hiring a mixing engineer and subsequently realising I actually preferred my own reference mixes 🤦
She's a great engineer, I just think I have a very specific vision in mind that extends into even the minute details of mixing. I guess you can't spend your way out of being a pedantic perfectionist bastard 🙃 I'm still hiring her to consult on the mixes after hand though, bc the main thing I was concerned about originally was getting a second pair of ears to balance out my biases as the composer of the project.