When using automation to let’s say gain ride a vocal, wouldn’t it affect the plugins gain stage settings when I boost or reduce automation, wouldn’t it be better to automate a gain plugin at the last signal chain
There are multiple ways to automate gain of audio regions. It is flexible and situational.
- It could be in the region itself, which is before any plugin and therefore affects the gain staging of those plugins.
- You could also automate the volume fader, which would only affect gain staging of post-fader plugins. Pre-fader plugins will only have their output affected by the fader automation.
- automating your plugins gain knob as you said, or a dedicated gain utility
I generally see people automating the region section or where the audio file waveform is so I was always used to seeing it that way but I know I can do it another way, so based on how I mix, I want to use my plugins and then at the last stage automate anything that needs to fit better in the mix without affecting my entire plugin chain.
So I guess my options are gain staging using a gain plugin or something
Also I just realized that whatever I choose to automate I will still get the automation parameters, I thought it was only for when you automate the waveform gain etc
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