say I have a nice mix, and I want to experiment in some parts to change eq, levels, plugin settings etc, but I dont want the part after the experiments to change.
the only way I found was working for me is to go to the end of the song, change all the parameters of the things you want to experiment with, in the “write” mode, so everything before on the track is “written”. This is REALY a lot of work, and it is NOT a very intuitive way.
But if you change parameters now, as soon as you release the controlls, the parameters jump back to the “old” value.
This is actualy the way I would like the automation to work by default, but I could not find the proper settings for this.
The other way of course is to do this at the start of the song, but the problem with this is that this also changes your sound!!! (you HAVE to MOVE the controls to go into write mode). especialy with eq-settings and plugin-settings this is a big problem.
I used to have an analog desk with automation, (soundcraft spirit studio 24-8-2 auto + steinberg Spirit studio software on Atari 1040ST!!!) that could actualy do this!
You just went to the start of the song, pushed “write” and play, and all your levels and mutes were recorded to the end of the song. Then you went into “auto” mode to change only the parts where you moved some controlls.
Also is there a way to insert “mixer- snapshots” at a certain timecode?