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Old 8th November 2019
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I hesitated to give advice as I am really at the start of the learning curve too, but one key thing about using reference tracks during mixing is to lower them in volume as any commercial release post mastering is impossible to match.
Get the free Youlean Loudness meter and stick it on the monitor effects chain along with Voxengo Span. Play the loudest section of your song and you should be below -16 LUFS pre mastering (even lower is better). Adjust the track or item volume of the reference down to the same short term loudness. Now the two are the same level you can compare them. Your ears hear things differently at even imperceptible volumes differences.