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I thought I'd share - perhaps it is something you already do, but in case it's a new idea to you, it may be helpful. Up until recently, I would get the mix sounding balanced in Cakewalk and use iZotope Ozone, Tonal Balance 2 and Insight 2 on the master track to help me. I'd use the mastering assistant and then export without dither at 24bits to a wav file. Then I would load up the same plugins outside of cakewalk to master the track. The mastering assistant within iZotope will set the maximizer based on a small segment of the song. They say to take the loudest part and use that while the mastering assistant does its work. Recently, I tried to use the W feature in Cakewalk to allow me to change EQ and Maximizer level, but of course my machine is not quite powerful enough to do that. So now, I will get the Cakewalk track close using my old method stated above and export the wav file. Then I will start up a new Cakewalk file and load in the wav track only. I put the iZotope Ozone, Tonal Balance and Insight onto the master track and use the Cakewalk W to record actions related to the Ozone equalizer and Maximizer. I may have to do this on more than one pass if it gets complicated...each time saving off a wav and loading it into Cakewalk for more processing. When I get to a good point, I output the final wav file and then do a pass through Ozone standalone with Tonal Balance and Insight plugins. This allows me to get the proper volume levels throughout the song and adjust any frequency ranges that need it at individual parts of the song. You may have simpler methods, but this one seems to work really well for me. At the end of the last iZotope process, I have a master that I generally like.