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Snapshot Automation

Snapshot automation means simply recalling the set-up of the mixer. This includes the status of volumes, pan, mutes, EQ, aux, effects and dynamics settings etc., plus in some cases, the ability to fade the volumes of one snapshot into another. Most automated consoles and DAWs will be able to store a number of automation snapshots in their internal memory that can be called up at any time during a mix as part of the normal automation process. Snapshot automation is useful for a complex mix that requires numerous changes to happen instantaneously, such as audio post-production for film, where scenes change constantly. It is also sometimes used to store initial setup conditions that an engineer may prefer to use when beginning different types of sessions.

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