so what do you use as a your reference? it would depend id imagine, on what you were doing. whether it be mastering or sound design?
i use my favorite artists to give me influence, to help me shape an idea sometimes if i do not have my own already. i consider this a reference for sound design.
another type of reference i use is for mastering and this is usually for sound level or loudness. i use the internet radio ... from di.fm sometimes, as i noticed with di.fm, on my audio meter plugin, they leave room for headroom and max out to near 0db. most the songs i listen to are in the same led range, so i start there. mostly because it sounds good. I figure if my produced songs sound as loud as a cd, the internet radio, a high quality mp3... then should be okay right? at least for now?
i do have a cd i compare with, i figure on keeping the same genre or style of music, to compare to could benefit?
sorry for bad engrish