Using Reaper: Decided to do a quick master as a proof of concept/workflow and just wanted to review it. Here's what I did: Took my latest mix and rendered it 44.1, 24bit with the Master bus fader on Zero (null) to a .wav. which produced a track with the following info on analysis - Stairway-MichellePV7: -30.2 LUFS, Range: 14.4 LU, True peak: -10.7bBTP, Maximum short Term -23.6LUFS, Maximum momentary -21.6LUFS Brought that track into Reaper and applied some EQ, some compression, some multi-band compression on the master bus, monitored the levels and decided it sounded good (for the purposes of example) Bumped up the Master Bus Fader until my peaks were visibly -2ish... (I had to really push that fader up) Rendered that track as a Mastered track in 44.1, 24bit.wav file with following stats - MasterStairwayMPV7: -20.6 LUFS, Range: 12.6 LU, True peak: -1.1 dBTP, Maximum Short term -14.1LUFS, Maximum momentary -12.3LUFS Now provided my tracks sounded great --- and that this mix carried over well and I didn't need or want to get back into the stems and remix/remaster --- is this it? From the way I read those levels that -12.3 LUFS looks pretty good to me with respect to the standard. I didn't do any normalizing - so my question is in it's most basic form -- would this be considered correct or at least "mastered"? Or have I missed something even more basic in my basic approach?