I’ve long avoided VCAs because I didn’t feel that they brought much to the party. I often add inserts to groups, which you can’t do with VCAs, so I just wrote them off.
Recently I’ve realized that they solve a problem with post fader fx sends, that scenario where you mute your group but still hear the reverb because the fader’s still sending signal to the insert. So, I’m trying to add them to my workflow.
Now I’m trying to get a feel for the best way to use VCAs and groups together so that I leverage the strengths of each. I’d be interested in how you’re using the two, what kind of relationship they have, when you reach for one rather than the other, etc.
Always something new to learn.