What I would like is the equivalent of a patch point right -before- each of the Send slots with the ability to insert a single plugs, You could then use some sort of ‘chainer’ like Waves or SoundToys have.if you needed more than one plug.
The reason for this is FLEXIBILITY. I cannot -stand- ‘templates’. Virtually every mix I do is from scratch. It’s a philosophy and there’s no point in discussing ‘why’. It’s how I work.
What sometimes tends to happen is that I’ll paint myself into a corner. I’ll have an FX channel fed by Sends from 20+ tracks with all sorts of automation on the various Sends.
And I’ll find that one or two of the Sends need ‘something’… an EQ or a compressor or -whatever- ONLY on that one Send. I do -not- want it on the entire FX Channel.
So what I have to do, of course, is create a Group, apply the processing to that and then send the Group to the original FX Channel. And along the way I run the risk of breaking the automation or some other aspect of the signal path I worked so hard to develop.
But if I could simply insert a plug on the necessary Send, I risk nothing.
I have become quite minimalist with reverbs and delays. I know a lot of people use many reverbs/delays on a project, but I realised that I often need only -one- IF I can process the inputs to that FX track separately from one another.
I’ve come to see each FX channel almost as its own ‘mix’… you can use EQ and compression on all the individual ‘inputs’ (the Sends) to create its own 3D ‘world’… if that makes sense.