Hi there, first I want to say that I'm new in this forum and it's the very,very,very best forum i've ever visited. You're really doing a great job here. The first real "discussion" forum, no "lame, very subjective i know it all statements". Real help from people with real credits and knowledge. Thank You. Now back to my question. After various investigations on the net about mixing, mastering, etc. I'm still very confused. I,ve started doing various compositions on my PC-DAW at home. 10 out of 10 times, the answer to "that pro sound" is the input (recording), how you place the mics and so on. But I don't use mics to record, my weapons of choice are two synths, a yamaha workstation and a va-synth both connected directly with a cable (no loss i think?). My problem is that when I record all the tracks to my DAW, mix it well and master it as good as I can (good comprise between loudness and dynamic range). It sounds good but not quite like the pro sound. The major statement in mastering is always (apart from maximizing loudness, etc.) the best you should do is next to nothing. But what's wrong then? Do I have the wrong Instruments? I don't think so! I got no problems with frequencies, it's just the overall sound. And from time to time I hear this phrase "sound sweetening"! - What is it all about? - How can I achieve this on a PC-DAW, or is it impossible. - Which steps to be taken to achieve a good result? - Is "sound sweetening" the reason for the pro sound, or am I totally wrong? I hope I can get some good advice from you. Thanks in advance Willi E.