Hello everyone, I just joined this forum about five minutes ago. I'm looking for some help figuring out why my recordings sound so dead awful. It seems like no matter what I do, I have a very tight, constrained, compressed sound, while I want something very open and balanced and free. I'm recording a grand piano btw, Kawai RX-1. My setup: MXL 990 low end Behringer B-5 high end Monster cables into a Behringer Xenyx 1832 FX Pro (channels one and two, of course) EQs, etc, then out through the USB adapter that came with the mixer into a laptop running Audacity. Before I go any further, YES, I KNOW I HAVE AWFUL EQUIPMENT. I bought it in high school and now I'm in college, no money to buy nice stuff with. I just think I should be able to get a better sound. I'm guessing it has something to do with the EQs and gain and levels. Here is a picture of the current EQ settings, and a snip of a recording I did using these settings. http://i43.tinypic.com/34fyvs0.jpg http://i43.tinypic.com/33w0air.jpg http://i39.tinypic.com/10dcyde.jpg Here is a snip of the recording (small, about 30 seconds) but hopefully you can hear what I am talking about or tell me other things I need to fix. http://www.sendspace.com/file/pktry7 Thanks internet! I look forward to your responses.