Hi. I'm an experienced recordist in small and project studios, but now I am recording myself. And there is the problem. All my instruments sound great on playback. Acoustic guitars, electrics, bass, drums, tambourines, you name it, they sound great. But my voice is lacking. Thing is, I'm a trained vocalist and have won awards and scholarships for my singing. My friends and enemies compliment my voice. On stage I sing great. Good tone, intonation, timing, etc. But when I record and play it back, my voice is thin and grating. Hollow or lacking vitality. People say the recordings simply do not sound like "me" in person. So I am humble enough to say that I must do more vocal exercises to improve myself, and so I do, just like I was trained. I can hear a difference and so can others, they say. But my recordings still sound like poopie. My microphone is an MXL 990 condenser. I've heard it's a great mic and I've heard it is terrible. I can only afford to buy one more mic within the year. Is this a rare case of the mic making me sound bad, or do I just suck in the studio? Ive tried no FX, lots of FX, no compression, mild compression, extreme compression, Blockfish, Autotune, the tube trick I posted in the Pro Recording forum, EQ tweaks, reverb, chorus, flanging delay ... and on and on and on. My vocals in person sound great they say - but my recorded vocals sound like crap. This is very discouraging. Can someone please offer me some possible insights into this? What gives here?