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Write Automation mode is reading previous automation data

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asked Jan 4, 2022 in Studio One 5 by jhainline (540 points)

I'm mixing a live album where the entire show is recorded as a single Studio One Song.  I want each performance to have it's own mix but I'm having a problem with the Write automation mode. According to the manual "When Write is selected in the Automation Mode window, automation is continuously written based on the current position of external hardware controllers. Existing automation is not read at any point and is instead overwritten with the new automation."

Unfortunately, this is not what I am experiencing.  When in "Write mode" the previous automation and fader positions are being read when scrolling around.  For example, let's say I get to the middle of a song and I like the blend I have achieved, but, I have previous automation towards the beginning of the song that I want to overwrite with the current fader position.  When I jump back to the beginning of the song, the faders go back to the previous automation values and I lose my mix.  This is making it extremely difficult to mix the way I would like to. I have also tried turning automation off, getting the mix right, and then going back to the beginning of the song and re-enambling write automation only to have my mix undone by the previous songs automation.  

 Any ideas or suggestions?  

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answered Jan 13, 2022 by tothrec (31,720 points)
If I'm following the steps you took, it sounds like the software did as it was told.

You've got the track (let's say) at -2dB at the beginning.

Somewhere in the middle you wrote new automation to bump it up to -1dB.

And now you are expecting Studio One to change everything before the middle to be -1dB (I know I wouldn't want this).

Or am I reading your problem statement incorrectly?