JM … I appreciate your stalwart effort and follow what you excellently outline.
But how/ why is the external instrument any improvement over simply creating a midi device for the synth and simply creating inputs in the VST Connections for the synth hardwares audio outs?
I create midi devices for my synths and have the same options as you show as far as selecting patches … and I know about, but have never created, setting up user panels to actually use midi to control the synth’s internal parameters.
Typically, since I have a multi in/out interface, I send my synth outs to a patchbay, then patch them into my Mackie 800R and pipe the 8 ADAT channels into my RME Multiface II.
I then create separate VST Connection input busses for each channel so that I can directly record up to 8 voices at a time from the hardware (10 actually counting the SPDIF).
It’s not that this doesn’t work for me or that I don’t know how to use midi devices for my synths.
It’s just that I cannot understand what the typical use of the External Instruments VST Connections are. What you show is nothing I cannot otherwise do (as far I can see) with the decided disadvantage that if connecting through External Hardware, discrete channels from the synth hardware cannot be recorded.
That’s why I asked … and why I ask again in case I’m totally missing something … what good are the External Instruments VST Connections? What am I missing?
Thank for your patience.