Recording essentials

What it takes to make a great recording

My order:
01 Good music (composition and arrangement)
02 Good performance (an audience can make all the difference)
03 Good room (accoustics)
04 Good musicians (proficient)
05 Good communication (what band wants)
06 Good mic placement (less is often more)
07 Good mixing (levels, panning)
08 Good mics (and other recording gear)
09 Good mumbojumbo (compressor, reverb)

My preference is recording live, no (unnecesary) overdubs.