Hello. I have been recording and mixing for seven years via various digital set ups. I have been recording with the following set up for the past year or two: Athlon xp 2.0 ghz 200 gig hard drive Cubase Sx Firepod Audio technica 4040 mic I am recording rap/hip hop music. My problem is i cannot seem to get the nice professional "blended" sound with my recordings??? I record a stereo track of my drums, then 1 mono track for a synth, then another mono track for another synth. Then I usually record two "lead" vocals mono. I have left the drum tracks and synths CENTERED in panning and panned the lead vocals to the left and right about 80 percent. A DJ at a radio station agreed with me when he said you have good music, but you just don't have that blended sound where the vocals and the music blend together. It sounds like my vocals are always on top of the beat or like all the tracks are competing with each other??? Any Help would be appreciated ! Thanks!