Mix The Song A Few Different Ways Part 2

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Last time, we told you about mixing a song a few different ways to realize your own creative potential. This time we want to discuss how this can help the band be creative. Just as when you started off mixing records, you did not realize the full creative potential mixing can bring. Bands often times do not realize how many awesome ways you can mix a song. I find it very helpful to send bands a few diferent styles of a mix – especially on the first mix of a record – so they know the different ways we could possibly go with the record. For example, a band may not realize how much different types of vocal distortion can change the feel of a song, or what a song sounds like when you do heavy HPF cuts to a lot of the instruments. Often times I will try to find at least three different vibes a song could take on so we can all discuss which way we think the record should feel. As an added bonus, bands are often impressed with your skill if you are able to do this, since odds are the other producers they worked with did not give them this much creative illustration.

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.

  • http://www.homestudiocorner.com Joe Gilder

    Hey Jesse. Question: Are you referring strictly to just mixing, or are there elements of production changing from version to version?

  • Anonymous

    Both. What I did the other day for example was I had a band who it was hard to get a consensus about what they wanted effects wise. They were a modern prog type of band and I asked if they wanted a million vocal effects ala Mars Volta or to keep it raw. The band was split, so I made 3 different mixes One with the vocals pretty clean just some harmonizer maybe a light delay and verb. The next I went effects crazy with every idea I had. The second I took off all the effects I didn’t think were amazing. The band was then able to judge where they liked the effects and didn’t and we made an awesome mix of all three versions.