I'm fairly new to home recording and it seems after I've mixed tracks and bounced them, the volume of the bounce seems to be very low compared to commercial music (obviously I lack the facilities and resources to attain that, but it is around only half the volume of these). When I play the mix in PT 7.4 the master fader is hitting near unity on the large hits and the overall band level at around -7 or 8, and sounds pretty darn good on my monitors and the bounced tracks lack this dynamic. I am really new to mastering like I mentioned, and am looked to HC and TGP for some guidance. I really only have a few plugins, the supplied digi ones and one that I like called the "funk logic masterizer", which seems to clear up the mix favorably on the master channel(and blow away the volume, so I turn down the master to get near the 0). It seems like compression would be the obvious choice to pump the volume of the mix, but I am wary of overusing it (also, I know little about compression other than that people bitch about overusing it in mastering). any advice or resources to help my mix would be great. If it helps I'm using PT 7.4 with an mbox 1 on a IBM T40 with Yamaha MSP5's and a behringer BCF2000. thanks!