Whats up everybody? I been checking out this site for some months now and trying to improve my engineering skills but I feel as of now, i'm not improving anymore. I was just wondering if anyone could help me a little bit as of which direction to go in, on improving the quality of my hip hop songs. Equipment I Have: M-Audio Mobile Pre USB AT 2020 CAD GXL2200 Adobe Audition Dell Dimensions 2400 Altec Lansing Speakers [Ps: I know I need new equipment haha, but at my age (17) its hard to find a job in my city (Cleveland, Ohio) But if you don't mind, telling me some equipment that I should purchase that's not too expensive. I have a $500 budget right now for studio equipment] Here is one of my latest songs I have recorded: YouTube - CodyFromDha216 - Walmart Freestyle‏ I've been recording my own music since 2007 and I haven't really had any help, except for youtube. Im in the process of catching up on my engineering terms. At the moment im one of them people that knows how to do it but doesn't know how to explain how I did it.