These are questions I have concerning "in the box" mixing, since I've never heard them answered satisfactorily before: 1.) Is it still (or was it ever) necessary to keep software master faders at unity in order to prevent signal degradation? Hypothetically, if a track fader and master fader both set at 0.0 results in a signal of -0.1, is there any difference in this scenario versus one where the master fader is at -8.0 and the track is at +8.0, or versus one where the master fader is at +8.0 and the track is at -8.0? 2.) As above: a lot of times in Reaper and Acid Pro (and previously Nuendo) when I have my master fader well below unity with tracks and/or bus levels above 0.0 to compensate, the individual track/bus meters go into the red, whereas the master meters are still in the clear. Are these true overs? I don't hear clipping but I wanted to make sure this wasn't the case.