To keep it short, I'm looking for ways to bring vocals forward in the mix without turning up the volume. I usually do a boost at 2-4000 Hz, add a bit of natural reverb and use a vocal compressor (if needed). But instead of a neat plate of meat, potatoes, vegetables and gravy, I end up with stew.
So, should I also do something about the piano, the guitars, the bass....? Or get a better mic than my Shure Beta 58a, or replace my crappy Behringer XENYX 1002FX mixer? Any advice would be much appreciated.