Hey...I have a problem that annoys me. Now I know I don't have professional equipment, experience, or knowledge, but I'm very ambitious and I would like my mixes sounding as professional as possible. Here's what I'm working with: AT3035 condensor mic Behringer MX602a mixer (used as preamp) Delta 44 pro sound card sick ass computer and an 8x8 vocal isolation booth Now, I record my vocals with the person standing 6-10 inches away from the mic. I record into Cool Edit Pro 2.0 because I like the programs chopping capabilities. It's so easy to use. I use the Waves C1 compressor so I can compress the vocals and gate any unwanted noise (ie bleed thru the headphones, paper rustling...). Then I de-ess the vocals so the annoyingness of the 's' sounds go away. Then I apply some noise reduction to the whole vocal take. When I'm done I mixdown several different parts of the track to make them easier to work with (ie Verses, Chorus, Backups 1, Backups 2 and so on) Next I pop everything into Cubase SX and get ready for mixing. I roughly adjust the level on all vocals to mix nicely with the beat and I do a little panning. When I'm done all that, I add a little reverb and other effects as needed. Now the tricky part....the really tricky part: EQ'ing the vocals. I hate doing this! Pisses the hell outta me! Okay so I first take a look at the spectrum analysis to see what I working with. I then usually roll off the bass, anything under 140-160hz. I apply a little boost around 1khz and 3khz. I try adding a little more at 13khz for brightness. Then I try to tame the muddiness. This is my problem. How the hell do I tame the muddiness? I go into the midrange and if you analyze a few profssional hip-hop tracks you'll realize that most engineers do a cut around 360 hz. So I do that. A lot of the muddiness goes, but so the warmth. Biiiiig problem. How do you compensate? How do you get rid of muddiness but maintain the warmth in a vocal? I can't seem to get it right. Oh, ok. After all that crap I pop the mixdown into Har-Bal (Harmonic Balancer) and start my mastering. This program usually helps clear up some muddiness issues and then with the help of the L1 Ultramaximizer I get a loud sound mix. The main problem? Not a muddy mix, (well, kinda muddy if you compare to professional tracks) but the main problem then is a thin mix. What am I to do? Can anybody help? Anything that would be useful is welcomed. Thank you.