You can automate most things in modern DAWs.
This is an immense resource! A lot of people are not really utilizing it – I’ve only fully started tapping into it recently myself.
Some a little uncommon but very useful automation objects include:
- Compression ratio & threshold
- EQ curve/Q-factor
- Track mute & solo
- Insert & send bypasses
The list goes on!
As with anything else, you shouldn’t go overboard with automation. Everything you do in a mix needs to have a reason. Clever use of automation can open up lots of new doors however.
Whenever you have a problem in the mix, make it into a habit to ask yourself the question: “Can I solve this through automation?”.