While it might feel counterintuitive, it is often helpful to zoom in for a micro view in order to perfect the macro view: focusing closely on the smallest details of microphone placement in recordings or exacting speaker placement in the playback chain are both secrets of success.
But, like many endeavors, there’s the threat of a trap.
Focusing too hard on the smallest bits of a product or project at the expense of the whole can turn something great into a muddled mess.
The real skill in both the recording and playback arts is having enough experience to effectively balance the micro and macro.
And that experience is earned by making countless mistakes.
Which is why I am so delighted to making as many mistakes as possible (and I make a lot).
Zoom in, zoom out.
Get it right, get it wrong.
It’s how we learn.