Hi, I am still at the beginning of my career as a recording / mixing engineer and this is an issue that I come across quite often: pop / rock songs with a lot of dynamics, e.g. soft verses and loud choruses. As we all know, current rock / pop music is heavily compressed, so that in the end, if you display the wave form of a pop song, it's basically one big "sausage", with the peaks in the "soft" parts at the same level as in the "loud" parts. Considering this, I've been telling musicians (most of all drummers) to play with less dynamics, because in the end everything will be evened out anyway. But often they will say something like "We can't do that. Dynamics are really crucial to this song etc." How do you approach this issue? I see 3 options: a) Tell musicians to play less dynamically. b) Use a compressor in a fixed setting throughout the song. This will mean that the loud passages are WAY more compressed than the soft passages. c) Adjust the input or threshold of compressors and ride track faders during the song manually or with automation. This will lead to a more even compression and more even levels. I would guess that the best thing would be a combination of a) and c). Thanks! Addition: To avoid misunderstandings: Options b) and c) are meant in the mixing stage, not during tracking!