UAD cards have DSP chips to support their VST EFFECTS…! There are no instruments AFAIK.
Correct. And The Virus TI CAN also be run as a VST Effect - and then it works with sidechain audio input!
Your opening quote from Access Virus TI also says it right there, that SB’s Cubase doesn’t support sidechaining into audio instruments (i.e. they are making the distinction between VST instruments and audio instruments - hardware, in other words).
No, you are making the wrong assumption. If you really want to know about this, go to their forum or talk to Steinberg.
So, it is the title of your thread that is wrong/misleading. Maybe:-
“Still no sidechain into external audio hardware”
Hehe, that makes no sense at all. External Audio Hardware having audio input has nothing to do with Cubase.
You are totally missunderstanding. The difference here is between VST EFFECT and VST INSTRUMENT. Cubase already supports sidechaining audio input to VST EFFECTS but NOT to VST INSTRUMENTS.
Cubase doesn’t support sidechaining audio input to VST Instruments. Period. Or do you know ANY VST Instrument that has sidechaining audio input support that ALSO works with Cubase? (I’m honest in my question here)
It’s part of the VST(i)3 spec but Steinberg chose not to implement it into Cubase. Priorities. Other DAWs can do this already.
So, let me explain again about the Virus TI:
The Virus TI can take audio input if you load it a VST INSERT EFFECT in Cubase (or if you use it as pure hardware and hard wire the synth’s input to any audio output source).
But NOT when loading the Virus TI as a VST Instrument. THIS is a problem with Cubase. This works in other DAWs.
So why even bother maybe you wonder? Well, The Virus TI is multitimbral, but if you load it as an VST Effect you loose the possibility to use the rest of the stereo outputs. One vocoder and then you are full. And as I said before, Steinberg already acknowledged this a long time ago.
The thread subject is perfectly correct.