“Lifes a dance, you learn as you go”
Recording, like any process that is both technical and creative, is a state-of-mind thing. Any single aspect of the process has the capability of being either a launch-ing pad or a stumbling block to better records. Experience brings a sense of pro- portion and circumspect “big picture” awareness that is hard to get from reading web forums and eq recipes.
It is important to work fast. Finished is always better than perfect. Always. In more ways than one. For one thing, you will change your mind about things as the recording develops. There are a thousand steps along the way, and if you get too stuck on one, you lose your inspiration and sense of proportion, you’ll get frustrated and your ears will start to burn out, and you will start to hate the song and the sound.