Ok, I have a “backing track” that I am using to put some vocals over. And since I’m still new to the mixing game, I’m obviously doing something wrong. The vocals sound “on top of” the mix, instead of “in” the mix, if that makes sense.
Post some of the work you don’t like, or perform a ten-second test. Export as WAV (Microsoft) 16-bit. Scroll down from a forum text window > Attachments > Add Files.
It’s possible there’s something technical wrong so it’s good to check that. There’s nothing quite like troubleshooting for a week only to find the microphone is plugged in wrong. Some international news organizations are going through this now.
But you may just be at the top of the list of things that are done to a performer’s voice before they finish the song.
Having the wrong echo can be one home problem. The backing track is perfectly executed, but you sound like you were recorded in the kitchen next to the dishwasher.
I have a favorite bad example of this. There is a Youtube explainer with terrific video, chroma-key, background, composition, and colors, but he has a recording-in-the-bathroom voice.
There is a much older example. Someone went through the trouble of executing a pitch-perfect television news set, lighting, desk, and all. they were fine until somebody said something. Instant kids recording in the bathroom.