Hello all, this is my first post! I took some time to read about what to post and not post. I also spent 2 hours browsing my searches and didn't find yet what I need. So here goes... Who am I? I'm an independent label owner, producer and self-trained studio engineer. We release digital, vinyl and CD releases and I do the pre-mastering and mix downs, since we're pretty poor. Our music can be described as experimental to non-generic techno. I'm also french so this explains why my English might suck too! :lol: Anyway, so 2 questions: In our scene, the sound is more than often pretty compressed and we see a lot of use of limiters on the end mix. That aesthetic is still lively and loud but it provides a wave form that look like a black square. I know this is not that good for the purists... I've been really impressed with the mastering of people like Beck. His sound is still very loud and clear, as loud as ours and this, without providing a "black square" image. I'm so intrigued to know why!! My guess is EQin' and proper gear... but i'm lost there (and there's the reason why I came here to learn more in general) Last question: I'm a big fan of warm, analog sound and I've been interested in passing my mixdowns in some compressor (like a Manley, or maybe there's better). Do I need to record the output of the compressor to an anolog device to keep the same warm feel? I hope I did ok for my first post. Thanks for your patience and cooperation!