Switching the EQ’s bypass between on and off as you tweak a sound is a great way to help you make a clear, objective analysis on the before and after results. But as you flick between the two, if the perceived volume is not the same, it’s easy to fall into the “louder is better” mindset.
What’s the best way to avoid this? Simply either decrease or increase the EQ’s output gain by as many dB needed to balance the listening level when the plugin is bypassed. Using this method will give you more confidence in the EQ’in choices you make.