27.  Listen to your music at moderate levels in your car or on a boom box. This is how most of your fans will listen to it, and mixing at loud levels will fatigue your ears and distort the true sound.  Listen on multiple systems (Ipod, headphones, car, home stereo) It is always amazing how things sound different in each setting. Then take notes, return to the studio to adjust the final master.

28. Typically it’s good to take a day off and come back to listen. The same applies for mix-down. Ears don’t last very long in the studios! You will be amazed how your ears can deceive you once they are fatigued.  What was considered a great master two days later can sound like a mix that needs a lot of work.  This is natural so plan more then one mastering session, keep them short and plan to come back and refine the mix  more then once.

29. As you review each mix make sure you can comfortably hear all of the instruments. Tweak the mix on a small pair of speakers at an extremely low volume. Headphones are also very valuable at this stage, but don’t base your final decision on them. You should be able to pick up each instrument even at this level.

30.  Know when to quit for the day. You’re better off quitting a session early when you’re tired than wasting time making a bad mix that will have to be redone anyway.