Hopefully someone can help me out here, I find the only way to get my drums to really pop through the mix and sound excellent is by using heavy EQ, saturation, and compression in my mixing stage. However this often causes problems when mastering. If I have synths that go up into the high hat frequency ranges it's hard to isolate them from the drums without the high end starting to sound distorted. Am I going about this the wrong way? Everything else I've tried to get the drums crispy isn't working by the time I get to the mastering stage. The rest of my mix consistently sounds crispier than the drums. Should I be doing some light compression and saturation on each channel before sending it to mastering? HALP For reference here's a tune I've been working on. I don't have monitors so this is all done through my cans. I've had to leave out a lot of synths and samples that there's no room in the mix for.