Ok so im not a huge fan of crazy amounts of compression, but people want a lot of it, especially when you record mostly heavy rock like i do. My problem is I feel like compression and limiting dont seem to take well to my mixes. When i get stuff back from mastering its still not INCREDIBLY loud, but i can hear all the compression artifacts and feel like my mix fell apart. So lately ive been trying to add a lot of compression to all my individual tracks, thinking the final mix wont need as much, but still feel like everythings falling apart. Maybe its because I'm using plug in compression and dont have much for outboard (i do have a fatso coming wednesday!, and a pair of distressors and dbx 160 vu's sometime in the next couple weeks). I dont know if some of the problem is I never record good bands. Their dynamics vary a lot, not because its meant to, but they are inconsistant with how they hit their drums, and pick their guitars. Normally I dont like compressing OH's or guitars, but I feel like I have to, to make the bands sound better and more consistant. So how do the big guys do it? I listen to TLA mixes and he uses sooo much compression but it all still sounds aggressive, where as my stuff sounds like a mess when i compress a lot. Its one of those things where, i dont really like it all that much, but i have to do, so would like to do it fairly well.