Since WL 11.0.3 and once so far in 11.5, a montage rarely and randomly opens with one plugin (usually Voxengo Elephant) at it’s factory default (all zeros).
The last time this happened (11.5) there were three montages all with the same plugins (Clip), just different settings on two of them. 2 of these 3 montages opened correctly, the 3rd had the issue with Elephant at zeros. So in this sense, it’s mysterious.
I have been totally unable to reproduce this but have noticed that it always seems to happen when the plugins are on Clip as opposed to Output. To allay any doubt, Master Section reloads are always 100% perfect.
Before posting this I contacted Voxengo (who give me a lot of support over the years) and Aleksey advised that they were unable to explain this as they had not changed the way presets are handled in Elephant and their other plugins for quite some time.
I started to think about whether this could have been the underlying cause of my random incorrect renders which PG solved by having me delete a .dat file in preferences.
This is a very simple plug in chain … Gain (DMG) … EQ (DMG) … Gain (DMG) … Sonnox … Voxengo Elephant. These are all plugins that I have been using for a long time (although originally with WL stock gain plugin). They have been remarkably stable and have always played well with WL going back to at least WL9 and probably before. I like to think that Dave Gamble and Aleksey Vaneev know what they are doing and I am reasonably confident that at least Aleksey and DMG have actually tested heir plugs in WL. As I have said, they otherwise work perfectly and behave exactly as expected.
I should add that I always save a copy of the complete session folder in an external SSD drive. Interestingly, when I dragged the offending montage into WaveLab it, too, opened with Elephant at all zeros. To me, this suggests the settings somehow were not ‘saved’ correctly with this montage for some reason I do not understand.
This is not a deal breaker as I always have a note of settings (for recall across different versions of WL over time) and I also save the montage settings in a session folder.
But I am interested to work out why this might be happening and how I could address it.
I am on WL 5.0 and Windows 10 Pro latest build.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.