ok, to start out i'm making r&b and other urban type tracks. I have L1+ultramaximizer and use c1 for compression. I started this track, first eqed, then compressed just using the attack and release till it sounded good for each instrument...now, is the ratio and threshold more for controlling the volume or for balancing the sound to how you want it? Because I seem to get a great sound without touching those two. So now I want to get my levels up high, so from what i've read to usually put a limiter on the percussion at least the kick and snare. So I throw the limitor on the kick, ( some places say limit first then eq and viceversa which adds to the confusion )which as far as I know is supposed to stop it dead in it's tracks where I tell it to stop. Thing is is it still clips. That and to add to the confussion I want the peaks to be at 0 for the final mix right? and the ones that usually peak are the kick and snare, then i read kick should usually be set around -2 and other for the snare. So then the limitor is used to pull the -2 up to 0? ... lol, i'm so close to having this all figured out just this last part so I can begin the real work. Anyone see what i'm doing wrong here?