I know…everyone using VST Connect uses it to record audio from a singer or guitar player. But I want to use it mainly to record midi.
So lately I’ve been experimenting with ‘VST Connect SE/Performer’. The audio part works great but I’m mainly interested in recording the external midi signal of the performer.
So I’m the host. But on the performers side the midi keeps echoing back to the performer and back. So when he hits a drum pad during recording he gets the note echoed back via midi.
After intensive investigating I finally gave up and decided to turn off midi thru on my side in preferences and that works. No more midi echo to the VST Connect performer.
But now I can’t play any VST or external instrument anymore.
I know, VST Connect is not meant as a ‘jamming’ tool and I don’t intent to use it like this. But I would like to be able to use at least a VST instrument to give some musical feedback. And I know I can do that when midi thru is enabled.
So now if I want to do that I have to switch back and forth between midi thru active/inactive between sessions. Not very convenient.
I’ve found a temporary workaround by turning my master keyboard (Piano) to ‘local on’ so I can hear what I play and record my notes to a midi track that sends the midi to a VST instrument that is similar to what I hear. And then playback the track to the performer. But of course this is not ideal.
I also can’t find anything in the manual about having to turn ‘midi thru’ off if you want to record midi via VST Connect?
And I must say there is actually no info about recording midi via VST Connect at all! It’s all focused on the performer using a microphone, not a midi instrument. I only saw a very recent video of DOM using this
And there it seems to work seamlessly out-of-the-box for them? (Of course!) And of course they don’t mention any settings and such. It all works great!
Am I missing something or is this a bug in VST Connect? Because it seems to me by default it should not echo back midi notes? And disabling midi thru should not be necessary? This should be handled by the application itself IMO?
I have some more issues? Like why is the send reverb to the microphone channel still active and controls the input volume of the microphone while the microphone channel is muted? Maybe this tool should be set up for 3 different purposes? Recording midi or audio or both? Not important for now but something to think about for the future!
Monitoring is off on the track. Only record enabled is on. Because he has to record of course.
Using the latest Cubase pro 10.5.12 and Connect SE/Performer 4.0.43 on latest Windows 10 v1909.
Also tried to create a completely fresh project but this has the same issue. Midi notes keep echoing back to the performer!
Maybe I’m missing some setting? Hope someone can help me in the right direction?