not sure I’m enough of an engineer to describe what is actually happening, but for some reason the “export all individual tracks” function in 9 creates (in my experience) stems that have artifacts, especially when you build them back up into a mix. it’s almost like they reintroduced the summing artifacts (low end muddiness, cloudy stereo field, lack of separation) they solved on the 2 bus into the stem prints somehow. it took me a long time to figure out that was the culprit of a bunch of mix issues - the first time I went back and each one by hand and brought them back in it was like night and day as far as separation & clarity. it’s a really specific and subtle clouding effect (also makes some frequencies oddly harsh and exhausting) that I can now identify when hearing it in my own stuff, but it took fighting to get mixes back to how I thought they should sound when bringing up the stems in other studios to figure out it was a thing.
no, this is what I was referring to earlier when I griped about ‘playlisting’, which is pro tools’ term for comp-able takes on one track. when I comp I do it in logic, which to me is the best sounding, most intuitive daw for the job right now. but they came up with such a simple system (take folders, if you haven’t checked it out) that I can’t believe Ableton/PT/etc haven’t implemented some similar idea, ESPECIALLY since people have been asking for it since the dawn of live.
I don’t know how other people do it, but I just compose / record like I normally do in live and then at some point start breaking out the individual channel outputs to the mixer, which runs through a buss compressor and then back into the daw, where I record a print of the mix. if most of the mix happened ITB, I’d just bring it in right at the end and leave all the faders at unity, so it’s just the ITB mix but using the mixer for summing and buss compression. bringing it into the studio has changed my workflow in all sorts of ways, but that’s getting pretty OT. maybe another thread about studio setups / IO routing / workflow?
back to 10, though, thanks @IcaroFerre for the helpful roundup of lesser-applauded features that end up mattering most! i feel like I always end up upgrading something for some big feature, only to end up enjoying (or hating) the minor workflow improvements much more than whatever got me to upgrade.