I encounter many plugins that have gain-sensitive effects but no output trim. For example “when warmth set %100 plugin level cannot exceed 0dbfs” which encourages the user to push 12db on the output, but then offers no -12db trim.
Yes, sort of bad design on their part - but this bad design seems to be so common.
Even some Steinbergs plugins have this problem - take the Neve Portico Compressor for example, there’s a feedback mode that can be turned on in which you are suppose to use the output to change the character of the compressors effect and responsiveness. The default is even set at +4.
Just a -24db - +24db output trim as seen in the mockup, bottom right:
Sonnox Envolution is another example:
Yes, I can gain match after the plugin. Actually I use a very very handy little plugin called GainMatch by Letimix
The main issue comes with Saving VST Presets, and Loading Presets.
If I save this individual plugin setting - it’s not going to save my GainMatch plugin with it.
So if I’m browing presets, even when my speakers are at a nominal level - if I hit this preset mousewheeling through - I’m going to get blasted by 12db, which depending on the source material, could be a lot.
Secondly, it makes these particular types of plugins very hard to A/B the bypassed effect. If bypassed, well I’m losing 12db of gain which can’t be compared. Yes, my GainMatch plugin again solves this for me… But using GainMatch all the time a.) take times, and b.) takes two plugin slots and c.) When doing menial work and thumbing around, using ears and quickly manually getting a rough match in volume is essential.
Don’t know if this is something Cubase can add without breaking the standardized VST protocol wherein every VST plugin dev would have to rewrite their plugs???