I hope this thread is in the appropriate section. If not, feel free to move it to the right one =) Anyway, hey everyone! I'm completely new to these forums, but I'm not completely new to recording (though I still consider myself somewhat of a beginner). I've been recording music for about 3 years now, but nothing serious in anyway whatsoever. Now I'm interested in becoming a bit more serious about it. I'm interested in composing and mixing rock-styled music, more leaning towards Fall Out Boy's newer material (songs found on Folie A Deux and Infinity On High). I'm having quite a bit of trouble though analyzing this style and having everything sit in the mix nicely. FOB seems to be able to take multiple guitar parts and pan and EQ them so nicely that they fit in the mix perfectly, to the point where it harmoniously blends and I have trouble distinguishing the different guitar parts! On some songs it's very simple to hear what they've done - On "America's Suitehearts" for example, the rhythm guitar is panned completely to one side, and the lead guitar riff is panned to the complete opposite side, the bass in the center.. a setup like that is easy to distinguish. But some of their other material becomes difficult to analyze... I've found that FOB tends to harsh pan one electric guitar part 100% to the left, and another electric guitar part 100% tot he right, and because both sides are completely occupied, it fits together nicely. Another trend I've noticed in their music is that they usually avoid panning a guitar part harshly if it sits alone with no other accompanying guitar parts. The drums, bass guitar, and vocals tend to sit very close to the center, and if panned, only slightly. You can also tell that a noticeable amount of reverb is added to all instruments, including drums. The reason I'm studying FOB specifically is because I'm using them as an example of mixing, as a lot of other bands don't seem to catch that clean, settled mix that FOB achieves in some of their songs. If anyone has any other advice pertaining to mixing like FOB, or mixing rock songs in general (eg. where to pan all of the guitars if a riff, rhythm guitar, and bass are all playing simultaneously for a clean mix), or just any other advice about rock composition, please share! I'm trying to start from the basics and build my way up (eg. start with a riff, then add accompanying chords with rhythm guitar, then add the bass part and some drums, then vocals). Oh, and one other thing - I'm trying to achieve that heavy/edgy excitement in the chorus you find in many rock songs. I believe that although an electric guitar contributes a great deal to a heavy full chorus, the cymbals also play an incredibly vital role. Anyway, any info is greatly appreciated, thanks a lot!