It would be insanely helpful if an instrument track didn’t have to have a VST inserted on it, but instead could route it’s MIDI to a VST on the rack and then receive the audio back from the VST - all on the same instrument track.
If I want, for example, to use VEP, and have, say, a Kontakt instance loaded in it with 16 different instruments all routed to different MIDI + Audio channels, then in the DAW, I need to have multiple combinations of MIDI and (what do you call them?) Audio(?)/Aux(?) tracks. MIDI to send the data and the other track to receive the audio. So, not only is there additional routing, but there are double the number of tracks needed, and then there is the management of two tracks for one VI.
Either I can put the two tracks next to each other, which, in a big template, makes the screen terribly cluttered. Or I can put all the audio receiving tracks together somewhere else, but then it gets painful to automate both MIDI and audio parameters, since they happen on different tracks.
In essence, instead of thinking of an Instrument track as “a place where I load an instrument”, it is thought of as “a track to manage both MIDI and audio for a VI”, then I think it makes a lot more sense.
Please fix! If you need to see an example of it in practice, Pro Tools has done this for a while, and it’s extremely extremely handy.