Adding automation makes the record more exciting and bring life to your mixes only if you add the right amount of it just to make it fun. Using reverb and a delay are some of the plugins you add in the automation.

In this case lets focus on the vocal track by selecting it then spend some time to listen to it meanwhile you have send the signal to the reverb/delay bus which gives you a fader. Use the fader whilst the vocal plays going up and down which is a good way of just practising automation. The idea is not to have the automation constantly on but just comes on regular intervals. In audio post production, ‘fader-only’ automation is not really sufficient. Mixing is a somewhat different process from music recording; the quality of the soundtracks is often altered to match the pictures. This will mean not only changes in level on the channel faders, but also changes in frequency equalization.
Wyatt, Hilary, and Tim Amyes. Audio Post Production for Television and Film : An introduction to technology and techniques, Taylor & Francis Group, 2004

Use any type of reverb and delays plugins in Pro tools of your choice to suit the needs of your mix such as the D verb and delayed the D verb with a quarter note with a large hall effect and 50% wet then get another extra long delay with quarter note delay and add a little distortion to it which becomes your custom effect. Once you are done with your practise with the send fader go to the automation window to make sure that the automation is enabled and select automation and an automation window will appear. If it is liet red that means the parameter list set for automation. Make sure send volume is enabled in there. This technique is most often used on reverb-​ tail returns, and the delay should not be more than 50 ms; otherwise, Elmosnino, Stephane. Audio Production Principles : Practical Studio Applications, Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2018

On your send level fader on the automation mode select touch mode and just simply turns on touch mode. When you record in automation you do not have to have the track record enabled or rerecord it in your session, all you have to do is play your session back and make the changes you want with a proper automation mode selected and those changes will be saved. Play the session then move the send fader up and down on the selected parts and just like that you automation has been recorded. Make sure your automation mode is selected back to read so that you do not risk recording over what you recorded. Now you can have a listen to the track and changes effected. Let’s assume you have made a couple of mistakes and you want to make some changes on your automation, just simply go to the track view selector and the default wave view is waveform. Click right were waveform is and change to whatever automation lane set for what you have just done and you will see the automation data. You can make adjustments on the data by turning down or up the levels by using the smart tool or delete any you do not need . You can also grab the pencil tool and start to draw in some automation too. When you are done editing just change the view to waveform and keep on mixing

In conclusion, automation is the best way to add in special effects to your session and can a nice vibe to your session.

Wyatt, Hilary, and Tim Amyes. Audio Post Production for Television and Film : An introduction to technology and techniques, Taylor & Francis Group, 2004
Elmosnino, Stephane. Audio Production Principles : Practical Studio Applications, Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2018

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