Originally Posted by yungjoe727
I was wonder what is the real chain and do i master in the session of do i bounce the track then master???
The real chain starts with excellent ears, monitors, and rooms.
Get the best mix you can, with the least compression/limiting on the output as you can. Don't worry about volume. Don't down-convert or dither. Then, you can try mastering that, or find someone to master it for you. If you don't like the results, you at least can revert back to the original mix, and try again.