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Adrian Lomas

    Hi David,

    Congrats on finishing your first mix. From Sonarworks: "Always remember to BYPASS Reference 4 when bouncing. Clearly, you would not want corrective equalization to be printed to the track itself. The idea is to compensate for the way your particular system or headphones color the sound, so you can make mixing decisions based on a sonically neutral listening environment. Bouncing the corrective effects of Reference 4, which are specific to your situation only, would not make much sense."

    And no, you don't have to master your track. People will happily give feedback on your mix to support you.

    Arthur has a helpful post here: and how to get feedback is covered in it.

    Best wishes,