I'm interested in getting some of my tracks mastered, and I'm aware that when you send a track to be mastered, it should have tracks for each instrument. But I've got into what could be a really bad habit, of using compressors on my master channel which seems to make the different instruments blend together and give gives a much nicer sound. However, in the case of FL, when you export the mixer channels as separate tracks, the effect of the compression of one instrument affecting another is lost.
For example, if you have a constant saw wave, and a kick beat, each sent to a different mixer channel, then sent through a compressor on the master, you can achieve a sound similar to side chaining, and when this is applied to full tracks, mixed accordingly so that the louder tracks don't drown out the quieter ones, this can sound very good. But then, when you come to export the track as separate mixer tracks, any affect from the compressor is lost, as the separate tracks are each exported as if no other channel was active.
So the question is, is there a way around this, or have I been wasting my time with this technique?
Also on the subject of mastering, I heard that each track is supposed to have any automation and panning removed. If this is the case, how will a mastering engineer know when to recreate these effects? Surely that can't be true?
Any information or views on this would be highly appreciated.