Those that have known me for a while know about my mixing woes. I'm getting closer to getting better so I need just a little more (or possibly a lot more) advice. Here it is... Like most emcees on the internet, I buy leases on beats to record tracks but they do not come tracked out. So, I am faced with the disadvantage of not being able to get the best mixes possible. However, I know it is possible to get a decent mix given my situation. At any rate, I need some advice. First, my gear: Neumman T103 Anniversary Edition Mic (Bigger Diaphragm) Avalon 737 SP Preamp Monster Cables Auralex Acoustic Panels Emu 1212m Soundcard Yamaha HS80M Monitors (Pair) Sony Headphones (not sure the model, but $100 version) As you can see, my equipment is great! My DAW of choice for the moment is Adobe Audition 1.5. Here is my usual process for creating songs: 1. Record the song's vocals in its entirety. 2. Cut the vocal tracks where necessary. 3. Apply EQ to the vocals. My first question...I know that vocals need to have all frequencies even in this step, so how do I know when the frequencies are even? What exactly am I listening for and how can I make sure I'm good here? I have a high pass filter around 100 Hz on the avalon (everything below is rolled off). I currently have been playing with shelfing high and low frequencies and leaving the mid range unchanged. 4. Apply compression to vocals (a 4:1 ratio with a threshold range of -10 to -12 Db depending on the vocal and a fast attack with a slow release to avoid pumping). 5. I hard limit the vocals (with a ceiling on -6.5 db, with a small 1-2 db boost to make volume levels more consistent and less dynamic for clarity and evenness in the mix). 6. Apply a small amount of reverb (15% wet) to the 800-2000 range to only effect the body of the vocal and leave the higher and lower vocal frequencies dry. 7. I use a parametric eq on the beat, finding which frequencies to attenuate in the beat to allow the vocals to shine through and sit in the mix. This is the step I have the most problem with. From what I understand, you're supposed to see which frequencies compete with the vocal and then only cut a small amount from the beat, but how much cutting is too much? I tend to cut a low range value 400-800 hz, a mid range value 800-1600k, and a high range value or two above that so that there is breathing room for all vocal frequencies. Would yall recommend cutting more highs than others for clarity purposes? What do I do here? I'm clueless. 7.5. I level the vocal volume accordingly to achieve a vocal mix that isn't too dominant or too soft. I pan dubs and adlibs to leave center space for the lead vocal. 8. I bus all of the tracks to a hard limiter with a ceiling of -.03 to avoid clipping and I boost the overall volume (a premaster if you will). Any help or advice would be crucial. I know it all involves listening and using my own ears, but I'm not sure what my strategy should be. Thanks in advance!