For EQ I write every parameter (depending on the EQ actually, but most likely), I then write fader position and any other plugin of value that I might automate on a per event or scene basis. In RX for example I’m likely to automate bypass (to on) and then thresholds and reduction amount for noise reduction. My last template had that only on groups since my computer couldn’t handle multiple RX instances on source tracks but when I update my template on this new computer I’ll probably change that.
Also of course - once I create something I’m happy with I duplicate it by copy/paste instead of doing it multiple times, so I’ll only do this once per channel type/content and then duplicate. In other words do it to an instantiated EQ plugin on my one dialog track and then drag-copy that over to one b-roll track, one adr track, one narration track. So I’ve now duplicated the EQ automation several times and I then duplicate my dialog track X times so my template has enough of them. And so on.
Sorry if that was obvious.
As I mentioned earlier it’s not that difficult for me to figure out and I do it to a template “once” and then I’m done. Having said that of course I’m sure previous templates have evolved over time so if I miss something it’s not the end of the world; just go back and add/tweak in the template.
Haven’t tested, but I really doubt it.
I think this also brings us to workflows and what our preferences are. I know people can end up with the “same” mix in different ways. I typically also always have my narration, dialog and b-roll tracks in touch-trim all the time for a one man job. I start with the dialog/production sound edit and EQ and level things as I go. After that’s all nice and balanced I’ll do the rest and often ride levels on group channels or VCAs for final balance. Anyway, while I do the edit/leveling I typically write automation to small regions on the timeline and I use preview/punch a lot. So I don’t normally end up with channels with parameters that are set ‘broadly’ over an entire timeline and not needing automation. I typically ‘touch’ all of those parameters at some point.
So I imagine with different workflows the impact could be different.