When applying compression and eq or saturation or whatever, its quite easy to forgot the humble AB or bypass button.
You really need to train yourself to use it all the times as the extra volume can fool your brain into thinking its better.
I’ll check the meters as well if i need to be really OCD about it.
ProTip #4837 – dont work in SOLO! Get your grubby fingers off the solo button. You need to hear the sound in the context of the whole mix!
You’ll help train your ears this way (remember its music and we use our ears!)
Good luck with the mixdowns!