Hey everyone, I'm new to this site so i hope i've posted this in the right section, if not please forgive me. Basically my problem is this; I've recently bought a Shure SM58 mic for my home studio with the intention of recording rap vocals. I understand that there are much better mic's out there, but the SM58 was pretty much the only decent mic i could get within my budget. I've got the mic going into a Creative Soundblaster 24-Bit external soundcard and i'm using Sound Forge 6.0 to do the recording. My problem is that when i record anything, it comes out very raw, and having very little experience in recording i'm not sure what i can do. I've been recording the vocals in Stereo, i've just read somewhere that i should be doing it in Mono, is this true? Will it help with the sound quality? Basically the vocals i'm recording are not sitting well in the mix with the music, they just sound like the vocals are sitting on top of the music instead of blending in. I'm really in need of help, i was told this was the place to come, i've heard some great things about this forum and am glad to be here. If anyone could give me any advice at all, it would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.