I have been stuggling with this issue for a while so I thought I'd toss it out there and let the experts have a go at it. When I record instruments it try to capture exactly what I'm hearing.Then when I mix I try to fit them in there own space so there not stepping all over each other, using small amounts of Eq/comp/ect. Now I have what seems to sound like a great mix and it translates well with other systems. Here's the confusing part... When I listen to commercial CD's in the same type style of music they sound thin and very brite. some actually sound distorted, but that could be a artistic thing I suppose. The tracks just seem to be processed to death. I'm not saying that it is happening during the mastering process,rather in the mix or both. Anyone else experience this? BTW not all CD's sound like this to me, but there are alot. Could my mixes be that far off?? Thanks!