The other day I saw a post from Brandon Drury where he was responding to criticism of the source material for his analog summing shootout.
No one likes to see complaints about the things we’ve devoted our lives to.
One thing he said was “I don’t make music to impress engineers.” and I thought that was awesome it made me think. At a certain point in our careers, we know that we do good work. And at a certain point we have to trust ourselves and really not worry about what anyone (other than the clients of course!) thinks about our recordings, mixes, songs etc.
Don’t try to impress anyone except yourself (and your clients). If you know you did your best job, there’s no reason to second guess yourself. I don’t mean you should be arrogant, just confident in your abilities and the work you do.
I completely agree with this, though if your mix balance is off kilter and it’s full of pops, clicks, bad edits and glitches you are shooting yourself in the foot IMO. There needs to be a bare minimum of audio engineering qualities going on IMO.
While it is always good to do your best work for your client and not get caught up in what the engineers say, I have to agree with the other comment about quality.
Well I don’t think anyone could honestly say they did their best if the result had pops, clicks, and bad edits. I do know that not everyone will love your mix no matter what. There’s always something to nitpick and tweak.