Maven wrote:I think you have to mix your channels in order to that, so when you are done your master meter will be bouncing around -8, -6db
Dont pull the volume down from the master, from my understanding your not gaining any headroom your just lowering the volume. What you want to do is lower the individual mixer tracks. On your final mixdown start with your kick and let it peak somewhere around -12db to -8db, (everybody has a preferred db. level, find yours) then start mixing your drums and lead in accordance to how loud the kickdrum ( kick should always be the loudest) after everything is leveled properly, just boost the kick volume a touch to be sure it sticks out! You should have no less than -3db of headroom after your mix is done... depending on your master chain maybe you need more headroom maybe not you'll have to play with it and see what sounds best. Next time you mix and master a track, maybe try 3 different mixes with all different amount of headroom left and then master and try and compare what sounds best after the master.
This has been disscussed a lot!!! Take the time to search this thread and you'll find that some pretty talented artists have talked about the final mixdown and master process on this thread.