I just wanted to let the fellow newbies know about two very awesome books out there. The Mixing Engineer's Handbook and The Recording Engineer's Handbook. I bought The Recording Engineer's Handbook a few weeks ago, and my sessions since have gotten a LOT better. Then last night I bought The Mixing Engineer's Handbook, read about half of it, and then started mixing a band that I recorded the past few days....and holy $*^t! It's still not a grammy winning mix, but it exceeds the expectation of where I thought I'd be in a few years from now! Now I know that if I had to....I can fix something in the mix. Also, I can now fully understand why a lot of people say that it's not the gear, but the guy behind the board. I don't think I'm going to be making any purchases for a while because I've got a lot of learning ahead of me. The overall quality of my recording sounds better with what I've done in the mix....and now my gear isn't sounding so awful.