I have a bunch of analog hardware synths that are monotimbral - the good stuff, right? I want to use them multiple times in a song. The hard way: create MIDI and audio tracks for each part, “printing” the MIDI to audio.
Instrument Tracks seem the perfect solution - MIDI and audio in one track, i.e., Freeze generates Audio from MIDI and then mutes the MIDI. Perfect. Except that Cubase does not release an External Instrument used on an Instrument Track after that Instrument Track has been frozen!!! I cannot think of any reason it behaves this way. By not releasing the External Instrument, I cannot use that synth on another track, even tho Cubase isn’t using it anymore.
=> Instrument Tracks should release their External Instrument on Freeze (and note that this is already an option for VSTs, but oddly not for External Instruments). That way, you can create and use additional Instrument Tracks for that same synth, i.e., record MIDI, print to audio (via Freeze), lather, rinse, repeat. <=
With the resurgence of analog synths, I’d think everyone else would want (need!) it to work this way, too.
I’ve logged this over in the Feature Suggestions section, but please, if anyone has a clever workaround, I’d love to hear it. Otherwise, it’s back to juggling two tracks for each part. Ugh.