I thought I would share my thoughts on getting enough high end frequencies in your recording/mix without doing what I usually do and add more and more high end EQ until I think it sounds good but then realize that it actually sounds really harsh and not good at all.
I don’t really have the answer to this because i still screw it up sometimes but here is some things I think might help.
1. Don’t push it too far. If the recorded sound is a bit dull then just add a little bit of eq and leave it be. Underdone is better than overdone I think. unless you have some fancy EQ that can keep it sounding smooth and natural, like a hardware pultec or something, then you might have a bit more freedom.
2) Try to capture enough high end frequencies while recording (this should be number one prob). I think that in general high end from a mic will sound a little more natural than adding high end later with EQ. (this is arguable of course)
3) Just because your favorite bands recording sounds really bright (in a good way) doesn’t mean yours has too or should. Maybe it’s beyond the reach of your recorded sound. If you are in the mastering phase and doing the mastering yourself then perhaps try and get it closer to that pro recording but don’t match it if it makes it sound harsh. Even more so if you are just in the mixing phase. Those pro recordings probably sounded slightly duller before they were mastered so keep that in mind.
4) As per usual, take a break from the mix for a while because you become used to the high end and don’t even realize that you’ve added a crap load. After you come back from your break, trust your first impression. If it sounds a little bright and harsh, then it is.
Persistence pays off. Good luck.