I'm looking to develop some sound techniques for setting relative levels within my mixes. I'm constantly looking at my master fader to make sure it's not clipping and I think this is due to poor practise in setting initial levels. Once I get decent relative levels between instruments I look to my master fader to see how much headroom I have. Then, I'll either turn all the levels up so I'm using all available level or I'll put a peak limiter over the master fader and adjust until I'm using most of the level available. I'm fairly inexperienced in the use of VUs, but they seem a better way to go in assessing the impact of a mix.. Can anyone offer tips on how to use a VU meter correctly and some general principles to stick by so i'm not constantly messing around with the level of my mix. I've seen articles that suggest things like having your kick hitting about -10VU and then working backwards from there.. these types of ideas seem like they could help. Where should I be setting OVU to? what should the peak level be in dBFS at 0VU?