Ok so ive seen various threads about this but still not come to a definite conclusion on what is acceptable/correct. i have been aiming for a volume of -10db since i first asked myself this question (after looking into it 3 years ago)... But after a friend was mixing some of my tracks he said he had to push gain right up on his dj software? and thus losing the sound i had produced in first place... further more to this i notice everyone elses songs are louder than mine anyway. so obviously im not doing it right. And jsut on a side note if there is any ableton users out there? why does sampler, simpler and drum rack default at -12db this just further adds to my confusion. Anyway my question would be what volume should i be aiming for? And is it genre specific? i do tend to work with a more down tempo sound than dnb these days so thats why i ask about genre.