Hire a proper mix engineer
This is topic that I’ve been dealing with for my entire career as mix engineer. I implore every band and every recording engineer working with a band to encourage them to budget time and money for mixing and mastering. Even with the guidance of a producer, time and money has a habit of disappearing quickly. This may seem to be self-serving, and I guess that it is. But being a mix engineer, I constantly hear from bands wanting me to mix their records (not demos) for free because they spent their entire budget recording their record. While there have been occasions that I actually have mixed for free, I submit that it would be a bit nuts to go out and buy everything you need to build a house but didn’t allow for the actual construction or the painting of it. I’ve never met a contractor who would build/paint for free. Hiring a proper mix engineer is crucial to making a great record. One that possess’ real talent can take a decent recording and turn it into a masterpiece. The likelihood of finding one to do it for little money or for free greatly diminishes your choices. There are plenty of really talented mixers who can take your project from OK to amazing, for a price. Inquire in advance the fees of a few mix engineers that you would like to work with and budget accordingly. Don’t get sloppy and cut corners while recording, just record smart. If the proper amount of time is spent in pre-production an awesome record can be made on a tight budget.