I am extremely new to recording (like very, very new) and don't know much about it. I generally understand mixing terms and such, however, so I'm hoping you guys will be able to help me. My first question is if any of you have any books you'd suggest I read or articles or websites I ought to check out that would help me understand the fundamentals, both technical and practical, of recording. I do realize that reading and doing are two completely different things, and that to really learn, I need to just do it, but I need a little push in the right direction to get that inertia and momentum going. My second is that I've had difficulty in vocal recordings in getting a somewhat distant vocal sound, yet one with clarity. My best example is "I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light" by Brand New. Does this happen in the processing or in the recording? I'm sorry for sounding like an amateur... but I am. I've tried adding some large room reverb and lowered some bass and mid frequencies, but I really don't know what I'm doing. And I recognize that. I pick up fast, I just would like to learn. Edit: And I'm using an SM58 and an E-MU 0404 USB.