For a full band mix, restringing your electric guitar probably won’t, by itself, much affect the overall sound of your recording. Especially if the guitar’s a little crunchy. Ditto for changing the snare drum head. Or tweaking the piano’s tuning.
But taken together, small changes like these add up, and can really bring a mix to life.
Here are some of the small things you can do before hitting record to see big improvements at mix time:
- Tune everything: Guitars, piano, drums
- Change guitar strings
- Change drum heads
- Turn off fans, lights, and monitors while you record
- Clean and polish cymbals
- Make sure no inputs are clipping
- Put fresh batteries in effects pedals
- Use balanced drum sticks
- Put cat outside.