Hi there… a few questions regarding using External Midi Synths in Cubase… Bear with me as this will be quite a long post but I’ll try categorise it a simple as possible.
First an explanation of how I do it in pro tools thus far.
because I have 32 analog inputs via UAD apollo8’s with one adat expander a piece (16 total a/d each), what i do is very simple… I create a midi track in Pro tools, I monitor through console… All Apollo console settings save with my project due to the console daw sync plugin…
if i need to get them into Pro tools as audio, I just create an audio track and record them. Pro tools is not doing any monitoring itself, and if i were to keep my Apollos for Cubase, i would use the same method
However, my aim is to sell all UAD stuff and monitor entirely natively through Cubase… Unlike Pro tools, Cubase is not limited to 32 inputs with Core audio. My plan is to buy 3 presonus quantums and use a total of 5 adat expanders with them (2 on 2 quantums, 1 on the 3rd). This would give me,
24 a/d directly on the 3 quantums, and another 40a/d via the five 8 channel adat expanders, for a total of 64 inputs… I will be able to flesh out my synths much better, with a larger template and barely any re-patching needed.
So, in this case, everything becomes much easier once i have set up the midi instruments in Cubase… They will appear along with VSTis and will insert, already routed through midi and the cubase mixer with one click.
My hope and plan is that i never actually have to go into the audio recording domain and that I can keep everything as midi.
I noticed a MS delay on each VST external instrument… I presume this is to compensate for midi delays? Or for converter delays? I presumed converter delays would have already been reported by the interface driver
Does Cubase keep everything in sync on playback regardless of buffer size setting? this is the big one I need to know. I am hoping that Cubase’s PDC engine comes into play for external instruments, including if i add latent effects on them, or if i change the buffer size to say 128 samples once my project is getting really heavy and can no longer handle a 32 sample buffer. My guess would be that it would shift audio tracks and Vi tracks the required amount of latency to line up with the external midi instruments… Just a guess but my aim is to use Cubase itself + 64 quantum inputs as a complete replacement for my UAD console & my external analog mixer.
How on earth do i set up external instruments to use multi midi and audio channels? I can’t find any tutorials that show multi timbral setups for the external instrument plugin… The only way i can see to do this is the tradition midi track and separate audio track way. Am i missing something?
Thanks so much in advance! I am really hoping i can just set everything up once, create a template, and literally have all my external synths on command at any time, with compensated playback.
Cheers and thanks again!