Hey guys, I have a couple of issues and questions regarding mixing, mastering and the use of compressors for different purposes. I always have trouble maintaining the snare as clear and punchy in the mastering stage as in my mixing stage. I have to keep my levels around 3db or so below industry levels in order to not completely squash it. I use mostly Ozone 5 during mastering. Doing some research, I have found people using soft clippers and very transparent compressors with pretty fast attack/release times in the mastering stage. They do this in order to reduce the tall peaks in the waveform that hit your limiter before anything else. This also makes the waveform look more uniform. In my case, the snare typically hits the limiter first, so it gets killed when I raise the volume with the loudness maximizer, even at a transparent setting. I know maintaining transients is an issue for a lot of less experienced guys like myself, so what approaches do you take to deal with this, what compressors do you use and where do you use them? I often see very transparent compressors stacked on the master in order to reduce the peaks, but if the issue is on drums, can you apply this approach to the drum bus during the mixing stage and deal with it there? Also, is there a point to keeping the transients punchy in the mix if youre cutting them off in mastering? Is this working against yourself? Looking forward to seeing some techniques! Post samples if you have any. Ill try to upload one tonight. Thanks. Carlos.