Okay, so I’ve known about external instruments for several years, but didn’t know you could render in place to save the audio so I never used them until recently.
Now that I know you can render in place, I think they are amazing! However I’ve run into a couple issues and I’m hoping either someone on here can help or Steinberg will incorporate these features into a later release. FYI I’m on Cubase 10.0.5.
If I setup my instrument with mono returns Cubase automatically makes this a mono channel, which means you can’t use any stereo effects. I know there are many requests to fix the mono/stereo track handling in other area’s, I just don’t want external effects to get forgotten about when Cubase finally fixes the mono/stereo track issues. That’s fine (for now) I have a workaround using Reaktor FX.
I often use a separate Reaktor instrument to send CV out of my audio interface to my synths, this works great until you use render in place. During RIP Cubase automatically solo’s the instrument you are rendering, however I have Reaktor as a different instrument channel so my external synth doesn’t get those CV messages. Which means the render sounds totally different than it does during playback. That’s okay I thought, I’ll just use solo defeat on Reaktor.
Nope that didn’t work.
I tried soloing Reaktor at the same time as RIP. That didn’t work either. So my first question is does anyone know of a way to use RIP while soloing multiple instruments? Or without soloing the main instrument? Or anyway so that Reaktor can still send my CV messages out at the same time while rendering?
I then thought well maybe I can use Reaktor FX on the External Instrument and have a multi-output External Instrument. Turns out that doesn’t exist. Unless someone knows how to do it???
Finally I thought what if I created a 5.1 bus which would give me 6 outputs. 2 to go to my main outputs and 4 for CV outputs. However, the panner seems to want to take my mono input signal and then pan it around to six different outputs instead of me being able to use the 6 outputs discreetly. I understand this is probably correct and makes sense in a surround sound workflow, but I’m trying to cheat here! lol
Anyways, if I can’t get Cubase to allow all outputs to function during a RIP I’m afraid External Instruments are again useless to me.