So i'm pretty much done w/ my first personal single in a VERY long time. After working on other artists, I decided I needed to spend some time on myself as well.
I finished mixing and we love the track. Ever since I got good at mixing, I've been teaching my partner things about audio as I go. Well.... this is creating much more work for me lol.. because now he spot checks more than I do!!!!! He hears things that I didn't realize were there, and vice versa. This is usually a good thing... however I wonder if sometimes we start focusing way too much on minor things that we probably shouldn't care about.
The biggest example is listening to the song in the car, w/ a good strong Bose speaker system. (Acura TL '03 w/ whatever premium package it came with). We compare our mix to professional tracks. We know we're not going to be exactly on par w/ big name studio projects, but we try to be in the same ballpark, so that if you're jumping from their song to ours you won't notice an extreme difference in quality & presentation.
This finally leads me to my question: We noticed this particular mix sits well with other songs when the car system is at it's normal initial EQ. However.... he listens to a lot of his music on using either the "Rock" or "Jazz" settings. (All it really is, is just a freakin EQ). We noticed that on those settings, the mix still sounds great, however when compared to our benchmark songs... our mix starts to distort around 35db, whereas the benchmark song can go to about 46db. So.... essentially, you can turn their song up louder before the whole thing starts to distort into a disastrous mess lol. So, he's pleading his case to me to nudge the bass down into the mix a little bit.. to give it more room to pump up in the car on those settings.
The perfectionist side of me wants to get it absolutely perfect. However, the realistic side of me feels this is just going a bit too far and we need to let it ride. I mean, we're already in a poor mixing environment... so we should be happy w/ how good we've got the mix sounding so far. Also, i'm worried about losing the whole groove of the track, just because of a stupid EQ on someone's car stereo. The song is definitely 100% bass kick driven.
What would you do in my shoes? Do you normally take this stuff into account when you mix? Do you go this deep in your mixes? Is this nitpicking?
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Here's a copy of the song... just so you know what i'm talking about
Let me know if that link doesn't work.