My system: Win 7, 64bit running Cubase 7.03 with the MR816X interface. Controllers: Steinberg’s CC121 and the CMC series. (Previously I used the Mackie Control and Novation’s Remote 25SL). I’ve been pretty happy,for the most part, with the Steinberg controllers, except I haven’t found anyway to control VST plugins to any degree.
So after on line review and research I opted to try the Panorama p-1 to take the place of the Remote. I deleted all of the automap vsts (all over the place).
CAVEAT: This is not a review. The following is my very limited experience, over a 4 hour period with the p-1. I hope the short comings I mention are due to a misunderstanding on my part
The first thing I found out was, of course , the p-1, isn’t as plug and play as touted. (Since my focus is on vst plugin control I won’t comment on the other p-1 areas,except I didn’t notice any real glitches). In fact, it was a Musictech, I believe, review which pointed out one needs to follow the online instructions step by step in order to understand stand how the various commands function. The minor frustration there is there is no up to date online manual to download. Instead there are a series of individual pdf instructions which makes online reading tedious,so you end up printing them out one by one. Nektar could do better here.
Following the instructions for instrument control, I loaded Steinberg’s Retrologue and the control depth is as indicated by Nektar. But I found that patch selection approach appears limited to “blind” stepping or scrolling. You have to look on your computer screen to see the patch name,as the p-1 doesn’t show it. And I haven’t found a way to call up patch banks without turning to the computer mouse. Next I tried Halion Sonic and noticed nothing mapped, then I realized Nektar has mapped Sonic SE. That was better, but the mapping seemed incomplete,but it could very well be my ineptness in understanding the controller. Again patch scrolling seemed narrow,as I haven’t found how to utilize selection categories and filters.
As to patch control on other mapped instruments from Native Instruments and Korg it is either a semi-hit or miss. Absynth 5 is a case in point. Sometimes the patches would change. Restarting Cubase, the patches wouldn’t change. Parameter control seemed to work but visual feedback wasn’t alway clear as to what was being controlled.
As to the VST Effects, the Waves, V9 seemed to work pretty well.
Overall I am in a wait and see mode as to whether I’ll keep the unit. If I could open on the computer screen the patch banks, change patch banks and patch selection similar to using the mouse, I’d probably keep it for that alone. I have hopes for the p-1…maybe I’m the problem .