I was working on my "entry" for my sound design challenge today, and I realized that I hadn't bothered putting a master fader into my session. Truthfully, I haven't put one into any of my sessions in a long time. I'm referring to an actual Master Fader channel, not necessarily the functionality.
It's really because of the I/O design of my studio at work. I use an Aux track instead now, because I'm routing the main program to multiple destinations at once (control room monitors, meters, decks via AES). Master Faders are a pain in the butt in that situation. It's just a simpler workflow for me to use an Aux channel as my "master fader" now.
So, I'm wondering what your workflows are like. How many people use master faders, and how many are like me and avoid them because of their inefficiency in signal routing?