we are using VST Connect Pro since a short time and we have most of it running very well in a project that only uses VSTi and Audio Tracks.
We can record audio from Performer into the project without sync issues, can configure a VSTi on the performer side and record the Midi Track and Audio Track perfectly, and so on.
But there is one major problem we could not solve so far:
mixed projects with VSTi, Audio Tracks and Midi Tracks to external synths with corresponding Audio Return Tracks that are switched to the “live” signal of the external devices (using the loudspeaker symbol).
The problem is that the external audio return is always exactly delayed by the “Remote Delay Seconds” latency, but the VSTi and the recorded Audio Tracks are not. So they are obviously not in sync (as soon as we are connected).
This makes it impossible for us to keep the live signal of external devices during VST Connect pro sessions.
My question is:
- is this by design, and cannot be avoided?
- if yes, why do external devices behave differently from internal VSTis, that need to be calculated ahead (e.g. one second) before their audio output reaches the performer? This should be possible with external devices just the same, shouldn’t it?
- are we configuring something wrong and just cannot find the root cause?
Workarounds are possible, but all are not very practical to us: recording external devices after each midi track change again, using the track delay in the inspector for all VSTi and Audio tracks (but not for the external midi tracks), etc.
Looking forward to an answer or even better a solution, hoping this problem is not related to not having found the right place in the documentation!
BTW: VST Connect Pro is really good software, big thanks to Steinberg for developing it! Even with the outlined problem it is of great value.