Ive seen recently bare people are using compression on tracks as some sort of 'mastering/mixdown' trick to get their tune sounding better. Well i think they think they are :/ It seems to me that ppl aint quite sure what compression is for and i get the impression that its a piece of advice thats willingly passed round new producers as a 'make ur track sound GREAT' technique. Many tracks ive been given to listen to on Soundcloud are just walls of sound with a lot of the main 'umpppph' taken out the tune coz of the bad use of compression. Now i believe compression is good/essential in some cases but if u dont have the trained ear to tell what its actually doing, then leave it. I find that a good sample, good eq and all round mixdown is all u need for a good sounding tune. Its all i do n only really use compression on vocals or parts of a sample i want louder. Mastering wise i dont even bother..... just try to get my sounds as clean, crisp n loud as poss then just leave it at -3 or 4db. Thoughts?