Hi, I've been reading quite a few of the threads on this forum regarding mixing, mastering etc. Most of the threads start out with a nice question and end up in some discussion about how professional recordings are not made by accident etc, etc. This makes them hard to read, and even herder to learn anything. I am in the process of mixing a song, by this I mean adjusting levels, adding some eq, a tad of reverb and so on. I hope this is what mixing is about, if not, then I am not mixing The song consist of a acoustic guitar, el-guitar, bass, drums and vocals. While I was recording I made sure that the signal did not reach the red area, apologies for the lack of better terminology. Does this give my recordings a bigger/better headroom? During mixing I have compared the volume to some of my favorite cd's and yes, my mix is indeed lower in volume. What are the techniques used to increase the volume? Is this done during recording, do I adjust the levels in my software or use gain audio plug-in on each track? Should I make the tracks into one track and then increase volume in some manner? As you see, I am new at this and my questions may be silly, but I'm still hoping for some decent answers. I do know that if I want professional recording, I need to go to a pro studio with pro people. Thank you for your time.