Mixing is an art and it takes trained ears and years of experience to do it well. You have to be able to listen to the small things without loosing the big picture. The other kind of listening that is critical to a successful mixing session is listening to the artist and their ideas. Every project is unique and deserves a unique approach I am as actively involved in or as transparent to the production as I need to be. I like to balance both digital and analog characteristics into my mixes. I use Plugins in Protools but I often run my mixes through vintage analog equipment.