Now I've been recording at home for about a year now, and still my stuff doesn't sound nearly as loud as a CD. With my Pod and Toneport I can get a decent tone out of all the instruments and I've learned how to keep from clipping by watching the VU's regularly, but everything is way too quiet. For a quick A/B, I ripped an Amon Amarth cd and imported it into Sonar, and sure enough it was much louder than my stuff, and the VU for the imported track was clipping (or at least in the red) like crazy . Does this have anything to do with mastering? It's the only part of the process I havn't gotten into at all yet, so if it is any tips on what software/what to do are welcomed!