I just saw a video on ProTools where somebody basically put automation data into a container, similiar to how we can put audio or midi events into a container (part).
The usefulness of this is when you use automation in the creative process, before mixing and mastering, you would be able to move, duplicate, time adjust automation events by just working on the container. In an advanced step it would be thinkable to combine this with a part preset file, where the plugins are stored together with the automation data. E.g. to activate a delay only on certain syllables or notes.
The idea is to use concepts familiar to Cubase to create this new ability.
Example - Effects track:
Currently an effect track displays one of the adjustable parameters on the highest level, by default it is Volume. This could be changed to utilize the functionality of a Folder track, which shows all events, in this case automation events, in parts (=container).
Currently you can, of course, use the Range tool to work on a block of automation data but you’d have to perform the selection task everytime you switch to a different block of automation. This results in slow workflow.
I am sure something similiar could be introduced also to insert effects.
I don’t use automation in the way that it was/is used on big studio mixing desks. I’d invite you to point out any possible incompatibilities this would introduce with other methods of using automation already existing in Cubase.