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.