In terms of mixing rap vocals, I am wondering if I could possibly do this myself once I get better at it, or if it is much better to just pay to have it done. Some guy at a local studio said he'd do it for $400 per song and there is no way I'm doing that. I'm thinking of doing a 5-7 song EP and if I'm just doing rap vocals, I'm not sure why I would need to pay someone THAT much just to mix the vocals... Right now, the beats I'm leasing aren't tracked out, and I'm wondering if I should spend the extra money to get the leased beats tracked out and if that will make a difference in the quality of music or not... I'm definitely on a budget. Thus me not wanting to spend the $30 extra per beat just to get them tracked out because I'm not sure if that's necessary. And I know everything adds up so I'm trying to be as thrifty as possible right now. I know that I won't be making my money back selling this EP on CDBaby (or other sites that are better, if you guys know of any please recommend some) or whatever for awhile if I ever do (I know I'll be lucky if I even push 100 units haha). Anyways, any information on mixing would be great. My understanding of mixing is like compression, EQ, Reverb, stuff like that. If there are sites/videos for tips on mixing I will definitely try it myself. I did the compression which sounded good, but when I tried the EQ and Reverb it didn't turn out so great lol. Thanks!