So I've been searching the internet for tips on how to keep from having too much 'mud' in the final mix of a track while still not having too much treble. It seems I always fall in to either category but I can never stay in that sweet spot. When I have the solo tracks they always seem fine to me, but in the final mix the mud comes out and I'm not sure how to go about correcting it properly. It always seems to be a problem when I'm recording Metal as a result of the palm mutes. My current set up is Alesis Multimix-8 USB and Cubase 7.5 (I've been using Adobe Audition for years and just upgraded last week, though this was always a struggle for me in Audition). I typically record on a Line 6 Spider IV or III, depending on the track and how I feel, through a Shure SM-57. I've tried different mic placements with different Hi Mid and Low settings on the Alesis itself and tried different EQs to eleminate the mud and still retain a neutral level. I believe it may be my monitors not giving me reliable results (I can't even tell you what those are.) but I'm not sure. My next purchase is a set of KRK Rokit series monitors so I will be removing that problem in a week, but as for now, can anyone with some experience with this issue give me some tips on how to keep from having this problem in the future? Thanks!