There are plenty of lists out there telling you about the plug-ins you should buy and the moves you should make to execute the perfect mix. With this in mind, I thought it might be interesting to compile a list of things you should avoid doing. So here is a collection of common pitfalls and workflow based mistakes that could potentially ruin a solid mix session.
1 - Dynamic Returns
Every seasoned Logic user will be making use of send/return based effects. They are ideal for reverb, delay or any other spatial effect you can dream up. Not only do they give you accurate control over return levels but these effects can be re-used thoughout a mix to treat multiple sounds.
Often with a standard return effect, a reverb for example, you may end up masking some of the original sound that is being treat. There maybe a situation where you want to use a reverb patch with an extremely long decay but the resulting sound is overbearing and swamps the mix.
Dynamic returns could be the answer here. Try using the original signal you are treating (vocal, synth, guitar, etc.) as a side chain input for a compressor inserted immediately after the reverb on the return buss. The gain reduction of the compressor is now controlled by the level of the signal being processed.
This loop-like routing will allow the effect to '