What can I do to take my mixes to the next level? I like the over all tone, but something seems off. I don't expect to become a pro overnight, but does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do better? I experimented with all of them but in general I did the following. Guitars: 2 tracks panned L/R > tse x50 amp sim w/impulse > Eq (HP at ~80Hz, LP at ~10 kHz, 2dB cut at ~ 500 Hz w/ wide Q. 1dB narrow boost at ~2.4 kHz) Bass: 1 track panned center > Compression > tse BOD plugin. Copied bass track for grit is the same with some distortion and a LP at ~500 Hz and both sent to a bass bus. Bass buss Eq: HP at ~70 Hz, LP at ~8 kHz, 2-3 dB cit at 300 Hz, 1-2 dB cut at 800 Hz. Drums are Superior Drummer. Kick, Snare, Toms, OH, etc have their own channel. I Eq them and do some light compression on the bus. Master: Compression and limiting. I like the over all sound, but when I compare it to commercial stuff it sucks. I'm not good enough to pin point why though. I also can't get any higher that -12db RMS. Any tips/advice/resources that can help me out with the tone/volume? I know it's gonna take time, just looking for a starting point.