I was wondering what you guys use for what. I guess if you have motorized faders it’s probably super quick just hitting the “Write” button and ride the fader.
As I am a mouse guy (still looking for a good control surface), I almost exclusively used clip gain. Why? It’s easy to cut a clip in a loud spot precisely, then turn down the volume. I don’t have to learn the spot and then record automation in a few passes until it sits just right. I just cut the clip in pieces and do some manual gain editing. Sort of like a compressor, nut of course customized to the effect I want to achieve. It seems like a very fast workflow for me and I didn’t have to think of the automation moving with the clips or getting overwritten by something. The clip just had its volume and everything went with it when moved.
Also, when I had recordings of voice-over from different days and one was a bit louder, I just take all clips and bringt them down.
I only use volume automation on group tracks when I want to bring down a whole group of tracks in volume for some event in a movie.
What do you use volume automation or clip gain for? I’d be interested.