What we really need is for NUENDO to just do what console automation systems like the SYSTEM 5 or the DFC do which is:
First time you put an object parameter into write, the automation system captures an “Initial Snap Shot” value for that object. It doesn’t matter if you are stopped or in play, it captures that first value you move away from and sets it as the ISS. This prevents the system from ever screwing you up by accidentally changing a parameter value unintentionally to a new value for the whole mix. Only way to do that is by intentionally using the fill keys. Or if you are using virgin territory, you can tell it to hold the current value downstream if you stop in the middle of writing a parameter (auto-match turned off).
It’s a very simple system and works extremely well so you don’t even have to think or worry about it. You can grab stuff in stop, in play, and it always does what you expect it to do. You don’t play back part of your mix and have it sound different than when you played it before which is the critical thing.
I was involved in designing the S5 automation and we added a few things that made it more flexible than the DFC when it comes to Virgin Territory and updating that ISS value if you wanted, but basically both use the same approach.
Why NUENDO would do it any differently I’m not sure???
Also, as mentioned above, another big frustration I’ve had with using the system is the lack of a proper ability to punch in all the parameters of a function/plug-in. Auto-touch isn’t much help in my workflow.
For instance I use the FabFilter Pro-Q EQ often, and have up to 6 or 8 bands sometimes, and want to be able to just punch the EQ in and write new settings. Right now I’m forced to go through and move each of the bands to make sure they are captured in the PREVIEW buffer.
It’s a constant annoyance and really slows down my workflow.
I would kill for just a simple command that punches in all the parameters of whatever plug-in/function I’m working with. We added one on the S5 early on and it’s used constantly. It’s maybe even more useful than an AUTO-TOUCH because it makes it harder to accidentally punch in the whole function when you really only wanted to tweak one parameter. Makes more sense to my brain at least to hit a button to punch in the whole plug-in, rest of the time I’m just tweaking individual parameters. But I’d be ok with auto-touch if it just worked for all the plug-ins I’m always using.
If the concern is too many parameters being entered into the automation database, that should be solvable by just having NUENDO be smart enough to punch-in parameters that have been written to (have an ISS value). The rest would be left out until they are actually changed/touched.
This “PUNCH IN PLUG-IN PARAMETERS” and a proper InitialSnapShot system would be the biggest things to make NUENDO competitive with working on something like the S5.
Really disappointed they are still missing in N6… or if there’s some way to get this functionality now, I would love to know!