I’ve received a number of comments on this post about how wildly inaccurate and flawed my assessment of this situation is. I am no expert on this matter, and have never claimed to be. And I’m not afraid to admit that I could be (ahem, likely am) wrong. Ableton has always been a hobby for me. The write-up below was based entirely on my own personal experience, on an older version of Live, and I strongly urge you to read this Reddit article in hopes to clarify what I (and maybe you) have been perceiving; it includes some alternate tests that you are welcome to try. Cheers

I recently subscribed to the “Your Mix Sucks” series by Marc Mozart, and learned loads of tips as to how to get a great mix in my home studio. One such tip suggested inserting a track-level “gainer plugin” instead of moving the default track volume fader. Skeptical, I decided to try this technique in Ableton, and the results have completely changed my workflow.

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