Originally Posted by RainbowStorm
Just like a few have mentioned here I think locking the master volume fader at unity gain is not a good idea. For the summing process to be as transparent as possible, as much of the signal per track needs to enter it. By leaving the master volume fader at unity gain you will easily control clipping with the input tracks and that's a recipe for signal loss ITB. 32-bit+ audio engines offer so much additional headroom that even though digital effects on the tracks show that they clip they are actually not causing any audible artifacts, unless the effect is designed to behave in such a way that it introduces saturation/distortion at a certain point.
Sorry, but this is BS. 32 bit float can allow plenty of headroom AND footroom
... meaning you can move those little faders around till your hearts content and it's not going to mess up your signal unless you're doing something extreme .... like mixing all your tracks down at -96db.