first off thanks to anybody who reads all this and drops any tips or critique, i worship the toejam in your feet my equipment: a sterling st55 condensor mic running to a m audio firewire interface, to a PC its not timbo's lab, but i think thats good enough equipment to have pretty good quality, if only i knew how to mix. Mr. E on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads ^examples....Peaceful Harmony, Gore, Falling, and the battle track were recorded on my set up my procedure: i record one layer of main vocals, one layer of overdubs, and one layer of adlibs/backround sounds.....i have the diamond wav bundle, and i usually use the "comp + presence exciter" compression setting....then i magnify and align the vocals, and thats it.....i dont adjust EQ, or add any reverb or other filters/effects my problem: my shit sounds dull....i hear fuckers who sound like they won a million dollar shopping spree at guitar center and get home schooled by DJ premier.....i KNOW i need to fuck with EQ more, and maybe some more layering?.....most big name artists record with at least 2-3 layers, right????? X ) any help would be appreciated. ps. BONUS QUESTION: christmas is coming and i was thinking about getting a pc compatible mbox w/ protools....yay/nay? would that be a big quality boost?