Hey, everyone. I am a noob to these forums and to recording in general, so I will forewarn you: my knowledge in this area is certainly NOT extensive. I am posting here because I am looking for some helpful advice with recording and mixing my band's first full length album. I have recorded some tracks for our pre-production using Reaper, POD Farm, and Addictive Drums, but I haven't seriously sat down and focused on the quality yet, even though I definitely think that what I have recorded, for how little experience I have, sounds pretty solid. Due to lack of time and money to visit a real studio, we really want to record this album ourselves. Of course, I don't want to do anything unless it sounds right. So, first off, where do I start? What things do I need that are pretty essential? Right now, I have Reaper for recording, which I am more than happy with, POD Farm for guitars and bass, Addictive Drums and EZ Drummer for drums (of course), a Shure SM58 mic for vocals (if theire are better one's you can suggest, please do), and, all in all, that's about it. We have a couple of mixing boards as well, but I'm really not sure about the specs on those. Is there anything essential that I need besides all of the stuff that I just named? Also, my biggest concern with all of this is the vocals. I want them to sound full, clear, and, all in all, not crappy. I know that a good mic is not the only thing that will produce good vocals, so what tips can any of you give me on this? Please include essential gear and things I need to do, such as where vocals need to be recorded and under what conditions. Lastly, what programs can any of you suggest for mixing and mastering? Any tips or advice will be GREATLY appreciated. Sorry to sound like such an amateur....but, sadly, I am. Anyone's help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.