I'm not getting into the whole write and wrong way of doing it thing but I tend to pan before setting the levels for the simple that sometimes panning after can drop the levels and i have to go back and double up on any automation and reset the levels. Which quiet frankly is a pain in my harris.
I take on board both opinions and respect your knowledge and experiance and hope to grow and learn from it.
Masking has been a problem for me in the past I'm slowly learning to try and get the tones right at source rather than applying heavy EQ after tracking as i used to.
I liked the suggestion in point 4 Bobby made.
My recording have improved over the years partly due to the fact that my ears have improved not physically sadly but in terms of bieng able to objectively listen out for potential problem areas.
I hope this continues to impove as one day i hope to succesfully mix and master my own tracks and achieve a level of competance i can live with and hopefully others wont find too unpleasant.
thanks for all the replys and feel free to add more.
by the way I am seriously impressed that Bobby came back. Its probably time i bought his book on mixing.
Smoke me a kipper. I'll be back for breakfast