Originally Posted by narcoman
Thats routing channels together. All good but not what VCAs bring to the party. All of the sends would not follow global level. Yeah - it is a kind of work around (if you put the sends into pre and adjust them accordingly) but the point of VCAs is they achieve something quite complex in a simple way.
I realise that. Re sends, that's why I was saying that you bus the fx channel returns for those channels to the same group master, and make those fx exclusive to the channels in that group. It sounds like hassle, but you get used to it. The upside is that, because everything's bussed together, you can quickly try out overall bus compression/eq/whatever if the mood takes you.
It was pretty normal to do this on split desks before we had SSLs etc, so it's a not a new idea. What is new though is that you can run enough effects on a DAW for it not to be a compromise.
(Crikey, remember when most studios only had one "great" reverb? Having to print reverbs to tape just so you could run another?)
I don't know how anyone mixes in Nuendo - or anything for that matter, apart from PT - without doing this sort of sub-grouping.
Not that it excuses Steinberg after years of asking for the feature - and they do say VCAs are coming in an update to N6 - but is there any commonly-used DAW other than PT that has VCA-style channels?