Using clip gain is automation. Period.
I completely agree with the above.
zmix...unlike fader automation - which allows for physically interacting with the performance in a way that can heighten the emotion - this offline adjusting the gain of parts of the audio region removes you from the music on a performance level....
I completely disagree with the above.
soapfootI actually think I'm usually a little more comfortable with [clip gain]. I can listen to a performance, identify a syllable I wish were quieter, take my time and carefully execute that. Writing automation with a fader is a bit different, for me-- I'm prone to overshooting or undershooting...
There is a very famous engineer who has the strong belief that [paraphrasing] "you can't do a good mix with mouse". It is my STRONG opinion that if, for example, you are automating in Pro Tools--even without any breakpoint thinning--you are adding unnatural microdynamics that are not present in the original performance and not actually recreatable by the performer; this becomes even more true with thinning turned on. And in my experience it's impossible to not create unwanted dynamic motion because the fader is too coarse of a blade. And, dynamically, it creates a subtle, loudness-based version of what they did to the pitch of Cher's voice in "Believe" with AutoTune. IMO, if the singer wants to subtly raise or lower their volume as they are singing a note, that decision is part of their art. My art is to make them feel, when the final mix is heard, like they were singing in as natural of a way as if they were standing in the room where the rest of the music was being created and hearing it in perfect balance to support their artistic vision and performance. But that's just me. And I doubt I'll change any minds to my way of thinking.
I like to have as good a static balance as I can before I think about automation.
So that means lots of clip gain adjustments through the whole project.
I tend to think of automation more as 'performance' dynamics... rather than for fixing gross level discrepancies.
Yes, except I do it almost all with clip gain nowadays.
...I think clip gain people tend to "set and forget"
Then they are simply not listening. Personally, I can't not listen.