Okay, so this has been an issue with all of my recordings. I thought I had a way to tackle it but now I'm not so sure. The issue is that my mixes are always softer than "professional" CD cuts. This befuddles me, since my mix is just below clip on the main mix and various tracks are compressed about 2:1 or 3:1... enough to bump up the sound a bit without making the compression obvious. What am I missing?