This was discussed a bit in the General forum, but the External FX process would benefit from an overhaul IMO. The current process only works well if the number of External FX you have doesn’t exceed the number of outputs. If you have a limited number of outputs, a patchbay, or link hardware processors together in the analog domain via a patchbay, the limited External FX process in the current Cubase requires constant attention/tweaking.
What I’d like to see instead:
- A generic “External FX” plugin
- This plugin should include the ability to set any input and output directly from the interface (except perhaps those outputs linked to the master out/control room)
- Adjustable Send and Return gain
- A polarity flip control
- Mix knob (how cool would it be to blend a latency compensated dry signal with the wet signal?)
- Bypass button
- Display the [compensated] latency in samples
- Input and Output metering
- A way to see the incoming waveform to make sure you’re not clipping the converter somewhere along the way
- Should detect whether the plugin is on a mono or stereo channel and adjust the input/output list accordingly
- The ability to save presets
The idea would be to use the generic External FX plugins as many times as needed in the mix, and just configure each instance as required. Once you had a setup you know you’d use again, or if you just wanted to mimic the current process, you could save a preset for use in the future.
If you’re familiar with Studio One, this is very similar to how Pipeline works