Sorry if this is a basic question but:
I mixed a song and got it sounding decent but the levels were all huge and it was clipping. I learned about gain staging and went through the whole process of it, and then remixed my song. It sounds ok but somehow sounds very weak and thin. The original mix sounded fat and full. When I compared the wave form with a song by a professional artist, it looked like the image here (my song on the bottom).
I couldn’t get my levels up higher without it going over 0 and clipping. But it just sounds quiet and feeble. I suspect I am missing something obvious here. Any recommendations?