One thing I do mostly in my music that I compose is leave volumes as what they are. I don't add limiters, maximizes, or other volume boosting effects.
I have done a bit of research, and a lot of the market is about LOUD. But has anyone ever compared tracks to tracks? By that I mean some with the quieter recordings such as Schindler's List's main theme. Those who own the soundtrack will know what I am talking about. The solo violin is quiet as compared to big hit scores in these days.
When you listen to the theme from Schindler's List, everything is so natural, it is quiet but it feels more... well... I can't explain it well but real.
I have noticed when I use maximizing plugins they tend to disrupt one thing or another as compared to leaving it silent and natural.
Does anyone have these same thought or experiences?