@Jeff: how do you mix those midi channels to audio?
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Here’s the thing - broken down even more.
Let’s say I load an instance of Kontakt, and load one instrument in that instance. I create one MIDI ch, route it to that K instrument, and write some MIDI data. That audio that is being triggered by the MIDI ch, gets routed out of Kontakt to the VST Instr Ch, and then out the master bus. If I want to , let’s say, eq that output, I can insert an eq on that VST Instr Ch. Ok, works fine. If I have several instances of Kontakt loaded in the VST Instr rack, and want them all to have the same eq, I can route all of those VST Instr Chs to a Group Ch, and insert an eq on that Group Ch. Ok, works fine.
But let’s say that each instance of Kontakt has several instruments - which is pretty much the standard way of working. In K-1, I have 16 chs of Violins, and in K2, I have 16 chs of Violas. I have four MIDI chs - there is MIDI data triggering K-1 MIDI chs 1 and 3, and MIDI data triggering K-2, MIDI chs 2 & 4. What I want to do is eq K-1 MIDI ch 1, and eq K-2 MIDI ch 4. If I insert an eq on either or both of the VST Instr Chs, then ALL of the instruments in both Kontakt instances get the eq - don’t want that. So:
Option #1 - open the Kontakt instrument and eq there. I gave an example of just two MIDI chs that need audio, but if there are many, this is not logistically practical. Plus, if any of these Kontakt instances happen to be on slaves, all the more reason why this is not logistically practical. Furthermore, the Kontakt eq is not all that flexible, and to be quite honest, not very good. So, Option 1 is a no-go.
Option #2 - Mixdown those MIDI chs to audio, mute those MIDI chs and/or events, and insert an eq on that audio ch. This works fine, but I was looking to see if anyone has come up with another method, so as to bypass the mixdown process.
Yes, I know MIDI is not audio. But what would be nice, is to be able to route specific MIDI chs somewhere - maybe pre-VST Instr Ch - so that fx can be applied to those MIDI chs without affecting others on the same VST Instr Ch. Ok, how to do this if MIDI is not audio? I dont know - I am just thinking out loud here.