Agreed! The master track automation would be nice but can be worked around with scripted control clips.
For the routing I use RME and TotalMix with different snapshots for stereo and multitrack mix. ALK2 is routing to all playback channels simultaneously and then I just decide in Totalmix if I want to route all tracks to a stereo output or individual outputs. Many interfaces support these kind of snapshots so you only need to change the routing of the interface mixer instead of going through all the tracks in ALK. Hope this helps!
- Global On/Off for the whole channel strip instead of individually bypassing all plugins to save CPU, it's a hassle
- Ergonomic use of the software without a trackpad, see below
In general the UI is very nice and I appreciate the ergonomic key commands and gestures. Personally I can't work with a trackpad because it kills my hands. Please add modifier keys for fine tune values so that they are accessible without the trackpad. Also possibility to type in values by numbers instead of dragging with a mouse. Volume automation would be nice to have in db values instead of 0-1. For external VSTs 0-1 range is okay, but the native commands would be nice to have in db values.