Ok, so I need help here. I watched the videos, more than once, and read up. But, I cannot figure this one out. I apologize for this being so long. My bounce of multiple tracks to one stereo track works fine. I do see I need to increase the output of the faders in the mix to boost the overall recorded level on the destination track. Upon successful bounce.. I have one stereo track with my desired mix. I like bouncing, I am familiar with the concept from my old days on a similar machine (Roland VS 1680). Then, my normal SOP would be to take my newly "bounced and mixed" stereo track ... and I EQ it a little.. then I bounce THAT track to another with the EQ of the entire thing. I also push up the level of the "sending" fader so that the destination stereo track meter shows it getting a nice strong signal... at or slightly above 12. (aka "the poor mans mastering" I am not good at the dB stuff, so have mercy). I just know to get it up there, not too high, not too low, and no red. Ok... so, now I have the "final" bounce on one stereo track. Enter...MixDown stage. Somehow, my nice final track is mixing down very very low on the master file. I believe (after further review of Mr. Tipping's material) that the main stereo fader controls the level that the master file during mix down is recorded at? **** Question 1: Is it correct that the stereo master fader controls the recording level of of the "master file" made during mix down? (and of so, what is the remedy if the level remains too low) ? Ok.. assuming it is. If, once you get to this stage, you are not getting a loud enough signal, I guess you have to go back, and remix/bounce the tracks "louder" or... can I use the trim level in the "mixer" view to bump up my bounced final mix? Basically... I am just trying to get the master file, via mix down, as loud as reasonably possible. The things I am reading are really directing folks to the mastering, and compression, and normalizing, and all that. I understand that step is out there.... but this process is before that and a bit more elementary. Basically, what precisely is driving the level at which the master file in mix down is recorded ? So.. I made a mix down, and the volume was ridiculously low. I went to the videos, and this site, and went back...using the master stereo fader to control the volume/level for the mystery master file.... It worked. It is much louder. So far so good. But, I still want it louder, so I may try the "trim level" option in the "mixer" view of my bounced mix. Lastly, if you are even still here with me ! As the song was mixing down to the end, I wanted a master fade to silence. I dont know what happened, but it did not work. So, just to review... **** Question 2: Does the master stereo fader control the volume for a "master" fade-to-silence at the end of the song (yes, just prior to where the "end" mark is set, I would like to slowly drag down the fader and the recording level). Well, that was a lot. I apologize to anyone who fell asleep while reading this. But, If someone out there has a moment to read this, and help me, that would be great. I just could not glean the answer(s) from the video/material yet. I do see that the videos are so more and more helpful as I learn/practice more, the advice makes more sense. Thanks everybody !