Automation is a very useful tool to use in pretty much all genre’s, songs, and recordings. It allows you to control pretty much any parameter of a sound win the DAW, hands-free. But if you’re working on a project with some serious automation going on between a million different parameters, setting them can become very tedious in the long run.
Click. Click. Drag. Copy. Paste. Repeat
Assuming you know what automation is and how it works; let’s say you have a chord pluck and you’re automating the cut off filter through out the whole song. Often we find the maximum setting of the automation clip – and the highest point you want your cut off filter to go before bringing in way too much noise – is somewhere around 70% of your clip. Now, you can easily copy and paste this point onto every single node you make but that becomes tedious and monotonous after a while. So what can you do?
Once you’ve found your sweet spots on the automation clip, you can copy the value of the desired node limit (Or from the knob itself for native FL plug-ins) and paste them to your automation clips maximum setting. Now instead of copy and pasting the same value over and over every time you set a point, you can save yourself a whole bunch of time by just plotting and setting without the hassle of manually putting in every value.
Your automation will now stay within the range you desire without the tedious matter of plotting points and copy-pasting values!
One last thing.
Since I am using Sylenth1, it is possible for me to get the same result by setting the master cutoff filter to its maximum and then get the sound I want by setting OSC A and B’s cutoff filters. But if you’re using a synth that doesn’t have pre-filters, it will be very handy. And for all you dubstep producers out there who need to make a crazy amount of automations; time to save time. Thanks for reading!
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