Before I get into details, heres the gear that I use: Computer: eMacines W2686 80GB Harddrive 512 MB DDR(????) 1.60 GHz, 992 MB RAM Windows XP AMD Athalon XP Processor Microphone: Sterling Audio ST-51 Condensor Mic DAW: Magix Music Studio 12 Deluxe Audio Interface: M-Audio Mobile Pre USB I record rap/hip hop music and vocals only, yet I stress a lot over getting the sound I'm looking for. Typically we see a lot of verse/chorus/verse n so on with rap music, so heres how I normally lay out my vocals: 1 Main verse track dry and centered 2 Main verse tracks, volumes slightly lowered from centered track, I usually throw a slight delay to make it wider and pan these out -35 and 35 2 Overdub tracks that accent phrases and words I want to stand out, usually panned further at -45 and 45 2 Adlib tracks to add background and fill gaps and extra things for creativity panned at -55 and 55, these usually have a 1/4 delay blended in All tracks are compressed and EQ(Is there a certain order i should add these as i mix?) For hooks/choruses I typically do the same layout, but i pan the tracks even further because Ive heard this is good to do to make it stand out, and add a chorus effect on the two panned main tracks. I know it's hard to understand without hearing a sample of our music, but it sounds like the vocals are just too muggy. I prefer a thicker sound on my vocals in particular(Im in a duo so I record my partner as well), I dont like how my voice sounds dry and like it layered. We record in Mono so I'm trying to find a way to effectively add depth and make the whole sound wider without overcrowding it. I've tried to play with the compression, adding more or less, and the EQ, but i have a feeling it's about how Im laying out my vocals? Any tips on if this is why and/or how i can manage thickening my vocals clearly and effectively?