Greetings: I just discovered this forum. Great stuff! I thank you all in advance! I'm in the process of mixing and then mastering an album. I'm using all of the Waves plugins - meaning, I have every one of them at my disposal. And I'm using Cakewalk Sonar 4.1 to mix and master. My goal is to get a final mix that is loud, but also seems to have a lot of headroom. Every instrument seems to occupy its own space very well but is not so loud as to be in your face. A prime example of what I'm looking for is a sound similar to Dream Theater's latest album, Train of Thought, mixed by Kevin Shirley. It just seems like reverb is used so masterfully that there is still headroom even while the loudness is quite apparent. Ummm, know what I'm saying? I guess my question is, even though most of my tracks have some amount of reverb on them (a lot of it is unnoticeable, using the Lexicon Pantheon plugin), is it ever used subtly in mastering? Or are there other ways to get that great sound where every instrument is loud but not overbearing? Is this where multiband (LinMB) compression comes in? Stereo imaging? Thanks for any insight you can provide!