Hey guys! The long and the short of it is that my band can't afford to send our mixes out to a pro mastering house. (*sniffle*) So I've got to deal with it myself. Most of the local bands I record don't have the cash for it, either, so they invariably have me do what I can to master it for them, and often times, it's enough. They often complain that it's not loud enough (listen to Disturbed's new one, man! That sounds MUCH louder than we do!) so I have to explain that I can't get that kind of volume boost with the tools and limited knowledge that I have... But that's not my question. I'm just wondering what the best method would be for me to go about it... The best compression tools I have are a Waves C1 and Ultramaximizer. SoundForge has a multi-band compressor included, but I'm not all that proficient with it and I seem to do more harm than good with that. I believe that if I have the mix in front of me, then EQing and levelling before the mastering stage should do more than the multi-band would... I've also noticed that if I get the mix sounding perfect, then apply 'mastering' compression to it afterwards, by the time I get the volume up to where I want it, the mix is unbalanced by the amount of compression. The only reliable way I've found to do it is to put the C1 and L1 in-line WHILE I'M MIXING and get the amount of compression/limiting in the right spot, then mix with it at that level. I don't think it's supposed to work this way, but that's the best I've been able to do. When you guys need to master your own work, how do you go about it? Thanks! Kase http://www.minemusic.net ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To hell with CD sales; download the MP3s and come to the shows!