A band I've been tracking for brought in their producer this week to get his input. We've tracked 12 songs so far, and I'm disturbed by his critque which was that the drums and bass gtr and acoustic gtr sound great, but the vox and elec gtrs should have been compressed hard to tape (actually Mackie HDR). I love the drums and bass sounds myself, and I'm pleased that he did too. Now what disturbs me is partially the bruised ego, but also that I'm not sure that I agree. I feel that the elect gtr tracks accurately capture what was being put out of the amp, and I'm not sure that there's anything I could have done better. In recording the electrics, one player has been using a line6 Flextone 2 which I put on a stand and mic'd with an R121 into an API3124. After getting the producer's input, I watched the meters on playback, and I don't see indication of excessive peak/rms ratio, if anything I think the tracks would benefit from a little more dynamic range. They currently have peaks about 6db above average. I will say that these tracks have always sounded off and they've been kind of hard to get to sit well. To me they've had a grainy feel. The other guitarist has wanted to take a POD direct for his tracks, and I feel that he's just not familiar enough with the POD to get a "body" to his tone. Both guitarists seem to spend a lot of time screwing around with the amp models between takes on the same song. I'd really prefer that they try to get a single model happening and make minor tweaks. The vocals are a different matter, and none of us have been completely happy with them. They have always sounded "forced" to me, as though the singer was working too hard. When tracking I've tried running hotter to tape, compressing on the way in, giving him more of himself in the mix, etc. It always sounds like he's screaming more than singing. I've heard him live, but always with a terrible house mix, so maybe he really can only sing this way. I've tried Lawson L47MP-> GR MP2NV and API, TLM103-> GR MP2NV (no match at all there), Royer-> MP2NV and API. I've been more pleased with the L47 to MP2NV than anything else, so that's what we've been using. I've tried hitting it gently and hard with Distressor, LA4, and RNC. Nothing seems to let the singer sound unforced. Room is 20x22x11, btw. The upshot is that while they'll continue cutting basic tracks here, they feel they will get better results overdubbing at the producer's place. The producer can't cut drums at his place, since he's in a residential area. I can live with that, but I need to improve for the next chance I get. Any tips the community can offer wrt getting better elect gtr and vox recordings will be appreciated.