Check this In The Studio video from Future Music magazine.
Two interesting lessons from the way these producers work:
- They use Ableton Live sessions to get the main basic core idea of the song right.
- They try out various combinations and doing all recordings in the live sessions.
- When it works in there and you feel the mood, vibe, groove, potential of the song, then they start to fully arrange the track.
- There view on how a mix should be before going to the Mastering Stage (see last 5 minutes of the song):
- The mix should be warm but not too warm. Then mastering can make it fully hot.
- Leave 3db headroom in the mix for mastering to play with.