We all know that Generic Remote, whilst powerful in some ways, is also highly limited in one really big way:-
Referncing individual channels with anything other than ‘selected channel’ is next to useless for different templates / projects, as the channel will be different, hence so will plugin assignment
There’s two enhancements that could be made to Cubase that I think could really improve this (and potentially other areas)
- Introduce the concept of unique Identifiers (GUID / UIID) to channels, as opposed to using numeric id / index position
- Provide the ability to save / associate the whole remote to a specific project, rather than being global
Here is a use case I find especially frustrating that this would be able to solve:-
- I have a template with 7 FX groups routed to a master FX group (these are accessed as a bank of 8 with MCU and channel visibility)
- I have a generic remote that IDEALLY would be set up to control each FX plugin on insert 1 (currently i’m using FaderFox PC4 for this)
This works fine, as long as EITHER a) use ‘selected channel’ for the desired plugin, OR b) have my template pre-loaded with fixed insert plugins that match the GR
Neither of these solutions are ideal - I don’t want to have to select the FX channel to edit it, when I can select banks 1-7 on my Faderfox and essentialy flip between all fx inserts from the hardware; on the flipside, fixed inserts is next to useless, different songs need different fx, obviously.
Where the enhancements would help in this case, are as follows:-
Assuming 2 above was implemented, and we could save our Generic Remote for a specific project and editing it’s banks would be localised to that project, then having GUIDS on channels then protects the project from adding new tracks and moving things around (which always happens).
I could (and should) be able to assign insert 1 FX1-7, and have the GR know that it’s still the same channel regardless of what else changes, and GUIDs would make this possible.
Currently though, insert an audio track earlier in the project, and the GR assignment is broken
Changing the GR bank assignments, currently affects ALL projetcs (e.g. mine is FX1-7 for FIX GR), and i might want to make bank 6 an Valhalla Ubermod GR layout for a specific project because i’m using that on FX6. If I make that change, then all other projects have the same change.
For me at least tackling these 2 issues would VASTLY improve the main issues I face with Generic Remote.
More minor annoyances that it would address would be where you ‘accidentally’ change the wrong plugin because either you haven’t ‘selected channel’ or haven’t noticed that after inserting a new track somewhere your GR assignment is screwed up.