Ez people, So I've been producing for a good few years now on and off, and I've got to gripse with most aspects of producing, but the one main thing that I'm still yet to nail down is my exact writing process in terms of the balance between creating / writing vs engineering (spending more time mixing as I write). Most recently I've adopted the approach where to maximise creative flow I do the absolute bare minimum engineering / mixing on my sounds as I write, which is going okay as I'm able to add new sounds and move forward creatively faster, but as you can imagine each sound and the mix overall doesn't sound particularly good, and now I'm concerned that because my mix is rubbish I'm going to find it harder to add new parts as there's not a lot of space present in the mix. Basically what I'm asking is how do you guys approach creative vs engineering as you write a track from scratch? Do you go all out creative with minimum engineering to allow you to write (and from a writing viewpoint finish) the track faster, then come back and engineer all your sounds later? Does this throw up any pitfalls for you? Or do you make sure you mix the track roughly as you go, e.g. roughly compressing kick drums etc. as you write and inserting all "engineering" plugins on your sounds and setting their parameters roughly as you go, so that as you write you have a better representation of your mix? But do you then find your creative flow is sometimes held back because you've entertered into "engineering mode"? As I say I'm still trying to find the right balance that works for me but would be really interested to hear how other people approach this... Cheers!