Because of this uniqueness, there are times when you're recording when you find that a part doesn't fit well in a track, or fits too well where it can't be distinguished. Here's a list of things to try in order of importance the next time you run in to either situation.
- Change the source (the instrument you are miking)
- Change the mic placement
- Change the placement in the room
- Change the mic
- Change the mic preamplifier
- Change the mount of compression and/or limiting (from none to a lot)
- Change the room (the actual room you are recording in)
- Change the musician
Take notice that nowhere one there is there mention of equalization. Unless you have a lot of experience, it's best to follow the above points before you ever reach for an EQ knob. You'll be surprised how much better things can sound.
- Come back and try it another day
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