i'm fairly new to recording, but i've put together a very small home studio to record some of the groups i'm in. most of the research i've read online says when it comes to the quality of recording, use your ears. the biggest problem with that, as both a musician and being the one recording, is that your ears can lie to you so, i've posted a couple of recordings, and i would just like to get the communities thoughts on them. (there are no bad words on these recordings, and they are just vocals and finger picked guitar.) http://www.bmuze.com/cgi-bin/pmuze/index.pl?action=play::upload/jeremy/two&title=Crude&artist=Stephen Mathys&trackId=54 What i'm most interested in hearing about is: * is my use of compression on the vocals and guitar appropriate? i used 3:1 on the guitar and 10:1 on the vocals, with -11db threshold. * do the vocals and guitar sound like, well, good vocals and good guitar? the guy i recorded (it's not me in the recordings) was using a 000 body style santa cruz guitar, mic'ed with a r0de nt1000. i used a shure sm7 dynamic mic for the vocals. * is there too much noise? when i normalized the individual tracks, did i bring it up too much? * how's the eq? i was listening to some of these recordings in my wifes car today, and i thought it maybe could use an additional boost in some of the upper ranges. how does it sound to you guys? am i smoking crack? thanks for takin a look, and i really look forward to hearing some feedback. cheers!