Hello First of all I have to say that english is not my own lenguage, so please forgive me if some sentences in this thread seems a bit incorrect. My basic DAW is composed of an AMD Athlon 3500 pc ,1 GB ram, an Echo Layla 3G soundcard and a pairs or Event tr8 xl monitors. I work mainly with Cubase sx, on wich I record various instruments, such as guitar, bass and a drum machine. My main genre is electronic/chill out, with some jazz/ethnic flavours. In this kind of tracks the low end of the songs is the focus, so when I mix the whole thing I try to give the bass and kick a certain 'presence'. Other than my studio monitors, I use to test the final result on 3 different systems: an early 90's Technics hi-fi, a 70's Luxman L2 integrated amp with a pairs of B&W speakers and my stereo car, wich is quite decent. In all 3 systems the problem came when the 'loudness' botton is switched on,specially in the car the bass freq are really too loud, making the whole thing inaudible over a certain volume. This is very disappointing, since when I was mixing in the studio I even tought there weren't enough bass! So I bring the Luxman and speakers in the studio, and mixed the same track with the loudness botton switched ON. No need to say that the final result disappointed me again. Without the loudness, there was, in my opinion, a total lack of bass frequncies. Then I decided to make some tests concerning this damn loudness button. I put on several professional mastered cd's and vinyls of various genre: pop, rock, electronica, jazz... one thing I noticed is that, switching on the loudness, there was NOT a bass boosting like there was on my cds. Does this means my tracks simply have too much bass freq in it? Or is it a matter of professional mastering? Am I pretending too much from an home studio? I don't think so since I heard some, technically spoken, really good tracks maded in home studio systems like mine. Do you people keep in mind the loudness while mixing? Just another qestion regarding 'Normalization'. Once get the final mix out of Cubase, I use to process the track in SoundForge, for maximizing peak levels. SoundForge has a compressor, Wavehammer. The 'smooth compression' preset give more volume to the track, with still a good dynamic. Is this a good thing to do? Any other tips/tools for giving the tracks enough volume with still a 'natural' sound?