I have a number of questions concerning mixing. in my 2 years of making instrumentals, I'm only beginning to learn about proper mixing now. The mixing in all the work I've made in the past 2 years sounds like garbage; and I wanna change that. So far, I know that when mixing, the levels in each track shouldn't reach the red zone. I've also been about subtractive equalization as opposed to the additive equalization i've been using. Now that I've been mixing my songs more properly, the rendered files end up being too quiet in comparison to my reference music (which consists of mostly hip hop songs). This is all because I'm avoiding that red zone in order to allow headroom and keep the mix clear. How do I make the overall sound as loud as the sound of my reference music without blowing out the levels on my mixer? any help is greatly appreciated. I'm using reaper btw.