I am a musician just getting started tracking and mixing in Sonar 2.2. Once I have songs ready I intend on doing one of two things based on my success: 1. Take tracks to pro studio and get help mixing down and mastering (not first choice.) 2. Mixing tracks down and taking to pro studio for mastering (this IS my first choice.) So here are my questions: 1. Where can I learn enough about the mix down procedure to improve my chances of being successful in taking a final mix to the mastering house? (what is the thread, book, site that I need to study to make mixes that avoid any pitfalls that may cause me pain later on?) 2. Is there a simple way for me to do short term 'hack' masters of my mix within Sonar? I would like to create these hack mastering mixes so I can better understand what people mean by loud, smash, limit, thin, full..... I know the words and have read the definitions, but I cannot pick them out when I hear them. I want to be able to talk intelligently to the mastering engineer about what I am hearing and what I would like to hear. I would also like the ability to make useful suggestions to him during the process. Any thoughts on this?