I have a strong belief about success in the music business and I would bet that this is true in any career you choose. You’re either “getting better” or you’re “getting worse”. In other words, there is and should be no state of “I already know what I’m doing and I don’t need to learn anymore”.
Now hear me out. I’m certainly NOT saying that this is something that I want. But in my current obsession with AI, and it’s vast ability to replace many facets of industry (from self driving trucks to Amazon replacing all retail) I can’t ignore the things that can and probably will be able to be duplicated or replicated by computer algorithms. And we can already see it happening.
Mixing is an additive process. Everything affects everything else. You're not mixing in a vacuum or on an island. Because of this, you need to get your tracks to work well with each other. Not to sound great on their own. As much fun as that might be.
There’s a growing trend in “gear talk” these days that it doesn’t matter what gear you buy. It all pretty much sounds the same. That spending thousands on mic preamps or A/D converters is a waste of money. That any $100 interface will be “good enough” and that everyone selling you anything “better” is snake oil or advertising B.S.
I bring this topic up because there’s a few people I know that seem to thrive on “debate” when it comes to pro audio. And I will admit, just like most of them, I enjoy the debate very much. I love discussing things that I am passionate about and I am certainly passionate about music and how to work with and manipulate it.