Hi, I’m in a bit of a workflow rut with Cubase/Vienna Ensemble Pro. I’m hoping someone can suggest something.
A few months ago I purchased Vienna Ensemble and I’m working to incorporate it into my workflow.
Here are a few notes before I start:
I’m using separate VEP instances (instance per instrument) to avoid the routing hell that results from having to use midi tracks and have the audio route back into a different track. CPU is about 15% higher than using one instance per group of instruments (Strings, Brass, Winds, etc), but so far I can work with the higher CPU usage.
I only have one PC. (i7 Quad-core 3.6GHz, 32GB RAM, SSD’s)
The main reason I’m using VEP is to be able to keep instruments loaded while switching projects. That way I don’t have to reload instruments which takes up so much time and breaks workflow and momentum.
This is my current workflow:
Created a metaframe with the instances I need for a main template. (Vln 1 Long, Vln 2 Short, Vla Long, Vla Short, etc)
Created a template Cubase project with each instrument track going out to corresponding VEP instance.
- Load VEP metaframe.
- Load Cubase template project.
- Tweak instruments. Record.
- Save Cubase project.
This is where my issue lies. Let’s say the next day I come back to work on the same project (or switch to another project), I load my main VEP metaframe, load the Cubase project but now the tweaks I made on the instruments for this project are gone. Apparently, VEP or Cubase can’t recall the VEP plugin settings for a specific project.
A solution to this would be to save a metaframe for each project. But seems like this would defeat the whole purpose of using VEP since I have to reload all instruments every time I work on a new project. And with a large template it would take a very long time to load, which is one of the main reasons I read people use VEP, and why I purchased VEP; to avoid having to reload instruments every time I switch projects.
Is there a way to save the state of my instruments for this specific project so that I can move on to other projects and come back to this one and recall the instrument state (settings) without having to reload a new metaframe each time?
Can anyone suggest a fast and efficient workflow on a single computer and separate instances per instrument (to avoid routing hell)?