jkn: Yesss, that was it! Thank you, I'm gonna order it soon. I definitely think that I overuse the reverb, so in the future I will have to put more thought into how reverb appears in the mix.
LNerell: I've never thought of equing the reverbs, which sounds like it could help a lot. I'm also starting to agree about the headphones, they tend to have too much going on in the stereo spectrum.
Ok, I have a couple more questions:
1. Reverb. When I started making music, reverb was my favorite effect to use on everything. So what I would do is set the decay time to over 10 seconds. Naturally, this sounded bad after a bit. So nowadays, I usually set the decay time to around 1-3 seconds. However, maybe this is still too long. What decay times do you usually use on your reverbs?
2. Stereo spectrum. When using monitors, how do you know to pan certain sounds to the back? For example, in Live the Utility plugin can set the audio from 0% (mono) to 200% (waaay in the back), and in headphones, you can hear a difference. I usually set certain sounds to about 120-140%, and that pushes them back in the mix. Today I listened to some pieces with Utility on them through my monitors, and I couldn't really hear a difference. Since the monitors are in front of you, you can't really "hear behind you," so you can't really tell if it's back in the mix or not. Is this what headphones would be great for, or is it a case of me needing to learn how my monitors handle this kind of thing?