The premaster or final mix that you are ready to master has always be very cloudy to me and I was wondering what you guys think about this. I have heard many different engineers say many different strategies they use to master their tracks. Before some one jumps in and says "Hire a mastering engineer" or "Send it to a mastering house" these techniques are pertaining to people who master in a HOME STUDIO. In college, I learned it was delicate technique kept secret by the audio gods and to only let a master handle it. We only handed in projects that were a "final mix" of each project, so that was lame. One of my friends, who interned at a prestigious studio in the area, once told me that he makes a pretty loud mix with a little bit of compression and bounces it. Uploads it to a new session. Adds eq, harmonic excitement, more compression, maximizer, and stereo enhancer (I think he is secretly using Ozone 7). And, of course, listen to it on different monitors/speakers/headphones. THEN, another one of my friends told me to mix the stereo bus to -12dB before bouncing and then go through the same process as my last friend told me. What do you guys think? How do you do a home studio master for a release?