One typical rookie mistake of aspiring music producers is that they try to make everything sound equally loud and on top of it forget to use the panning to their advantage. This will ultimately mean that their productions will sound flat and uninspiring, even if the musical ideas themselves are good.
Most of the time, when we're talking about editing in music production, what we mean is to arrange audio or MIDI clips to make them sound a certain way. However, this is not the only meaning that editing has.
Sometimes, especially when we've been working on a song or track for a long time, it can be hard to tell if a sound is too loud or too quiet in the mix. Or if an effect is too intense or too low in the settings. We've become deaf to the details.
While Ableton has added the option to have Live open in two windows a while back, this only really helps when you have a dual monitor setup. EraserMice went one step further with his Max for Live Pack ProSession which makes it possible to view both Session and Arrangement View in one window. And even if you have two monitors you might like the convenience of having both views accessible with fewer mouse movements.
It's been a while since I posted a video tutorial in the 'Ableton Live 9 Quick Tips' series. This one shows you a neat little trick for mixing. Instead of automating the track volume, you can use the Utility effect for it that is included in Ableton Live. This way you can still quickly adjust the overall level of individual tracks in the mix.
I'm happy to announce that my first Ableton Live course is now online. "Ableton Live 9 Essentials" is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to produce their own music with Ableton Live. I've also teamed up with Christian Kleine, musician and Max for Live developer at Ableton, to offer you a variety of services.