Hi DG, and anyone else who is interested.
A little work around for what you might want to do with a multichannel plug (I’m thinking of something like SPAT).
(Thanks to Kid Dropper Sound for the Mixer Delay idea).
It looks like the greatest number of channels one can get is 12. So assuming you’d like to utilise all of these in on instances of insert plugin name here…
(1) In VST connections Output tab, create 3x10.2 outputs.
(2) Right click each one and create 2 stereo child buses for each of the 3 outputs. – I’m not 100% sure what I used, since I’m no longer in the studio, but it was most likely: L-R, and Ls-Rs.
(3) Let’s assume you have 6 stereo audio tracks/VSTi labeled (A)(B)©(D)(E)(F), route them as follows:
(A) First 10.2 output child bus: L-R
(B) First 10.2 output child bus: Ls-Rs
© Second 10.2 output child bus: L-R
(D) Second 10.2 output child bus: Ls-Rs
(E) Third 10.2 output child bus: L-R
(F) Third 10.2 output child bus: Ls-Rs
(4) Check the outputs in the mixer are all metering.
(5) In the mixer, load a Mixer Delay plugin on each 10.2 output.
(6) Set the first Mixer Delay outputs as follows:
L to channel 1, L to channel 2, Ls to channel 3, and Rs to channel 4 – all other channels can be disabled/muted/unrouted/annihilated
(7) Set the second Mixer Delay outputs as follows:
L to channel 5, L to channel 6, Ls to channel 7, and Rs to channel 8
(8) Set the third Mixer Delay outputs as follows:
L to channel 9, L to channel 10, Ls to channel 11, and Rs to channel 12
(9) Create 3 lots of 10.2 Audio tracks, set the input to be each of the 3 outputs from points (1)-(8)
(10) Pop them in a folder and put the monitoring speaker on, solo defeat as necessary.
(11) Create a 10.2 Group channel
(12) Route the 3 audio tracks to the group.
(13) Pop your multi-channel plug on that group.
It’s that simple… I’m actually quite surprised it wasn’t second nature to you… sarcasm alert
Hope that’s helpful. Let me know if there are any mistakes above and I can amend and take full credit
Edit:- for maximum efficiency utilise the Centre and LFE channels in the child buses, then you only need 2 lots of 10.2 outputs, each with 3 child buses.