I am specifically asking for these Clip gain improvements (namely, being able to quickly highlight with the range tool and swipe the gain down/up with one motion of the mouse) because I have spent more hours than I would care to spend editing things like the sibilance of words and phrases, which can’t always be easily split from the rest of the track, manipulated, and faded in/out without adverse effects. Since I tend to dislike the resulting sound of most de-essers that I have tried, I prefer to go manual.
Thanks for this tip, though, Nonikoff! I’m going to try to use the “scissors and mouse scroll wheel” technique that you mentioned because it seems much faster than my current method for some editing situations. However, I don’t see how it could be quicker than what I requested for quickly controlling those sustained and conjoined ‘essy’ vocal phrases and for grabbing little bits of automation with the range tool and bringing them up or down. What is shown in the animated image on page one of this thread seems faster than your way editing for those situations, IMO. Again, I’m going to employ your tip. Thanks, in advance, for saving me time!
BTW, in the past, when I have done my editing (for de-essing) in a similar way to what you prescribe. I would highlight the track, cut it into phrases, highlight all phrases and fade in/out, cut out all of the 'esses, highlight all 'esses only, and adjust their volume to taste. Obviously, my way didn’t really work fast enough for the situations that I mentioned earlier.