hey fellow ardour users,
a simple question: in your everyday workflow, are there any real-life advantages of VCAs over subgroup busses?
i mean, VCAs are doing what are they meant for (controlling several track’s volume with one fader) just fine, (and i like them, they’re so geeky and meta and recursive and cool!) but when it comes to real mixing, i can’t think of a sane scenario where VCAs would do a substantially better job.
on the other hand, subgroup busses can do basically all that VCAs can (ie. controlling several tracks while maintaining their relative volumes), with the bonus you don’t mess up the gain structure of individual tracks, and of course you can do all the stuff busses are made for (subgroup DSP, routing etc.)
i can imagine VCAs can be much cheaper (CPU-vise), but this is probably a non-issue with modern machines if you don’t do something crazy like hundreds of independent groups…
as often, i must be missing something - that’s why i’m asking. how do you people see this from the perspective of your experience?