For the past couple of weeks I've been struggling to make certain mixes sound better, and, the trouble is, no amount of post-production gloss is going to hide an averagely performed and recorded piece of work. The reasons are pretty simple: lack of time coupled with some below-average takes. However, the irony of it is that I've now spent as many hours trying to tart it up as I should have spent getting a better performance out of the drummer and the other musicians in the first place. A remix would certainly help: bouncing the drums onto the computer and ironing out the dynamic inconsistencies, a little judicious sampling of guitar lines and vocals, and perhaps some Auto-Tune. But there's no escaping the fact that it would sound better if I'd just started again, and I wouldn't be the first (or last) producer to do so. Perhaps there's still some mileage in the old saying 'More haste, less speed'.