I've recorded my wife's vocals over a karaoke backing track. I am a beginner when it comes to music editing, and I'd like to know what are the steps and best practices when it comes to editing. I'm using Mixcraft 5 as my DAW, and I just installed the trial version of Auto Tune which works with Mixcraft. I have two tracks: one is the backing track, and the other one is the vocal track. I had some questions: 1. What is the general process now, especially to fine tune the vocal track? I've heard that you need to isolate the "bad" parts? Does that mean I need to "split" the track into parts, and place them into separate tracks so that I can apply different effects on each part? 2. What are the standard effects that I can apply to make the vocals stand out a bit more? I know this depends on a lot of things, but it's so overwhelming, and as a beginner, I just want something easy to get up and running, so are there some recommended effects that are pretty versatile? I've tried applying the master limiter, classic compressor, and reverb. The Reverb (depending on what preset it's on--small hall, big hall, etc) sounds good, but I feel it makes the vocals too pushy (for lack of a better word). If I take the reverb out, I sort of miss it, but with the reverb, it sounds too loud, and not as soft and elegant as a professional CD production. 3. Any tips on how to use Auto Tune? Any tutorial out there?