This is all very interesting and helpful for me.
@Anders - I was especially curious about your mix flow because I couldn't imagine how you were able to create such separation of front and back in your 'Save Me' mix
@Andrew - You use reason, correct? What do you mean by gain stage? Is that adjusting gain near the input of the console? Would that be the equivalent of me using a gain plugin to adjust levels of each individual track before setting the mix balance with the faders?