Just looking for opinions of those that work this way.
how do you handle revisions when group channel automation is involved? I mean it’s great that automation follows events… but group auto doesn’t which is too bad. What do you do to make this easier for you?
In my mix templates, I use a combo of direct routing automation and a couple layers of group channels before it even gets to the main busses. Dialog, for example… each dialog track gets an EQ and that’s about it. they default to DIA A buss but with automation I can choose to direct route at specific times [DR] to specialty busses first… like a noise reduction buss. The signal then gets sent to DIA A via [DR] on the noise buss. If I want i can also choose to send it to a 2nd specialty buss like compression or whatever, then route to DIA A.
Same deal with my FX, BG and music busses. All sorts of realtime sound design, upmixing to 5.1, grainular synthesis, subharmonics… whatever the job needs… all on bypass and available to be routed to at the directors whim.
All of this works really well… unless I have to move something and this is where the show stops while I figure out what the hell I need to do to keep the train on the tracks… the initial routing of the clip gets maintained… but all the plug in and secondary routings need to be managed manually, and it gets tough.
So… I’m curious how you all handle it.