Thanks so much for taking the time to send that detailed description!
I gave it a try and it worked like a charm, although only for Steinberg VIs (I tried Retrologue, Padshop, Halion, and Groove Agent).
Unfortunately I don’t really use these much anymore, except for Groove Agent which I use fairly often to reinforce Addictive Drums tracks.
However your concept gave me the idea to configure two pads on my Novation Launchpad Mini to switch to the next/prev kit. This works really well with Groove Agent and is vastly superior to hovering my mouse precisely over those tiny arrows on the GA GUI to accomplish the same thing. Using the Launchpad I can just rest a finger on one of the pads and cycle through the kits while fully concentrating on the music.
I also tried this with FX plugins and had some success. All of the Steinberg and Plugin Alliance plugins (that I own) worked. Initially I assumed that it was because presets appear in the Preset Managers for the plugins from both of these companies. Recalling that this is also true for all my Waves’ plugins, I tried those as well. Surprisingly none of those worked. So I’m not really sure what’s going on here. Also surprising is that you can change presets for both the VI and FX plugins on the same track (although only for the GUI that’s currently open).
Anyway, I’m going to play around a bit more to see what else I can do with this functionality. Ultimately I’d like to be able to transfer as many functions as possible from my mouse to the Launchpad.
Thanks again for the inspiration…