Please allow the user to write volume automation before processing and independent of fader level.
This would allow allow independent level control before processing (e.g before compression) there by letting us optimise levels without bouncing.
This has numerous uses:
Quiet verses could be automated to balance with a louder chorus while the overall level balance of the track could be controlled with the regular fader. (thinking about it, it would be handy if you could assign it to be either a pre or post insert fader as well seeing from colour coding which it is for sanities sake)
Its also perfect for dynamics processing. Same scenario as before; you keep the over all pre-processing level of the quiet verse nearly matched to the loud chorus to avoid heavy compression and rewrite the macro dynamics afterwards. Result: controlled dynamics without over-compression.
Bouncing and rebounding just to test how hard to automate vs. compress is a real time sink for me and I'm considering changing to Nuendo for this... it would also be good for post production. So, pretty please with a cherry on top?