About two years ago I bought 20 channel audio interface so I could live record all my instruments straight into abelton then mix and treat later.
To be honest, I was never satisfied with the results, and yeah, that post editing realm is one I dont care to visit anymore.
To my ears the recordings always sounded better when I just recorded a stereo mix straight from my mixer. Maybe its the analogue circuits, maybe its the natural saturation I dont know. What I found, is that I can record. Then leave it a day before listening with a notepad and make mix notes. Then I fix the mix and re record. Simple things like, bass down a bit, hihats need less top end. Reduce compressor ratio Etc. This approach has trained my ears, and I can usually get a quality mix recorded in three attempts.
Everyone has their own path, but once you find the right one, the whole process becomes a joy.