Wow - so much great info. THX!
Vocals - yep - timbre of my voice. Nothing I can do about that - lol. Definitely not clipping. I've been thinking I might actually throw some more saturation on my voice just to g ahead and make it sound intentional.
Drums - they're ezd and I am just now really digging into howto seperate all of the tracks and appropriately mix them. I read somewhere that I should start setting levels with the overheads and then the snare and that seems to make some sense to me - which is not done on this track - but is a by-product of this conversation. Of course - that won't always be the correct way but in some instances I can see the benefit of gettting the "room" right first with the drums. Panning - I'm hopingh will also resolve itself now that I am beginning to get a much better grasp on the broader mix picture. And I understand too what you're saying about the effects return. I really need to work on that aspect - on the entire mix - and not take it for granted - which I am realizing I have done.
Acoustic gtr - - I like the duvet idea. lol - neighbors walk by the window all the time - now they can really wonder about us. lol. Actually - that "joke" inspired an idea to try to "soften" tthe 10x20 hardwood floor and slat and plaster room I am in. I'm going to build some soft baffles to set around me while I'm recording the gtr. and I am spending more time "placing" the mic. I'm going to try setting the mic much further away from the guitar than I have been and runt he mic a little hotter to see what I get.
I can't thank you folks enough for all of the great insight. I'll have a remix/retake in a few days.
Thank you again - -and if you hear or think of anything else - I can take the brutal truth really well - - I want and need to make this work. Your thoughts are hugely appreciated!!