1. Employing too much processing on a trackPiling oodles of plug-ins on individual tracks is definitely the biggest mistake I see in beginners. We've all fallen victim to the, and it's hard, because we see our idols do it on tutorials, in blog posts, and sometimes personally, if we're lucky.
But our idols have a way for their madness. When Dave Pensado displays a six plug-in chain on a YouTube video, he's showing you a step-by-step blueprint. He knows why one EQ may be right for the high-pass on a monitor, why the next is acceptable for boosting the high mids, why such-and-such compressor has the perfect complementary tone, and most of all, how all the plug-ins are going to work together.