Hello all! For the longest time the way I have gone about recording and mixing my modest little projects has been to record everything in, without eq, compression and whatever else I'll do when mixing. At this stage I only look that nothing is clipping at the inputs and maybe to have a limiter to keep things in check so the master doesn't blow over. Then I get to eq on each instrument, panning and setting up levels for everything until I have things distributed where I want them. To tighten things up I then put compression and individual limiters as needed (depending on instrument) on the separate tracks. Now, for the past month or so I think my ears have started hurting. And I don't think it is fatigue. I think it mostly came from prolonging step one and keeping everything louder while monitoring through headphones. So my question is... how do you set levels for the five basic tracks (vocals, drums, bass, guitar, keyboard) when starting a project and for further insight how do you go about assigning levels after, when you go into mixing. I think I might be hurting my ears somehow because of my blunt approach. Thanks.