Hello -- I'm not sure what all to ask, really. At this point, I'm not a newb anymore, but I'd sure like to speed up my workflow when it comes to the finishing touches on mixes/masters. I am nearing completion of a full-length album that I began 4 years ago, and it's been agonizing (but also supremely rewarding at the same time). I learned all I know about recording while writing and creating the album, and thus had to backtrack a bit, as I got better and better at mixing and arrangements, then had to go back to "finished" songs and update them with better techniques. I'll try not to drag this out too long, so I'll cut to the chase. I have a mastering chain that works pretty well to get the sound I want. It is pretty minimal, just very light EQ, light compression, and limiting (no more than 2db reduction.) On my mixes, I have tried to more or less get them fairly comparable before mixing them down and mastering them. The problem is, when I think I've mastered the tracks and then compare them with the truly finished ones, I always go through a trial and error period where I have to go back to the mix, tweak it, then re-master it, etc. I have most of the album ready to go and sounding amazing (to me, at least), but I just finished my last song, and, even though I thought it was ready, after burning it to a CD it sounds totally weird compared to the rest of the songs. I'm pretty sure it has way too much low-end in the bass guitars, which is, after mastering, drowning-out the drums. In a way, it almost makes it sound like my riffs don't match the tempo anymore and seems to mess with the timing in other ways. I know that's probably just an illusion created by the compression/limiting messing with the overall levels. But I thought I was pretty light-handed with that stuff. I am mixing and mastering with headphones, which I know is not the best, but it's something I'm kind of forced to do. I can only mix and master early in the morning before the family is awake -- that's the only time I have to work on music. I always get it sounding good in the end, but I'd like to reduce the number of times I have to put it on a CD, listen in my car, and then go back to the drawing board. My headphones are not ideal for producing music; they have too much bass-boost (however, I still have too much bass in my newest song). Is it possible to get accurate results with headphones at all? Or should I be looking at monitors? Thanks for any help.