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Old 5th November 2019
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The tone of your mixes is not necessarily related to your lack of compression, but, as to whether it is used in mixes, and how much, the very general answer would be as much as is needed, but as little as possible - but still usually a whole lot.

There are mostly minor tonal differences between various compressors, which can add up in the context of a mix. But mostly compression is about controlling the volume envelope, not just the level, of a source, very basically speaking.

Compression is an art form unto itself, and deserves study, and hands/ears-on experimentation and practice, if one desires to become proficient at it. Good luck.