We’ve been trying for years to get VST Connect to work. What VST Connect Pro, Cubase 10.5, and the Performer app together can do sounds good, but getting things to actually work is a real challenge even carefully following the setup instructions and trouble shooting guide. As an app developer, I have to say the setup is overly complicated and not worth the effort, especially if you use Cubase principally for non-VST Connect projects. It is based on eight year old technology presented and sold as the latest technology. It’s lipstick on a pig, I conclude. With today’s technology, connecting up a “performer” with a Cubase “studio” needs to be a lot simpler and reliable.
We’ve been using Cubase for more than fifteen years. It is a great product. At the moment for most of our projects we have Cubase 10.5 on a beefed up iMac, with a UR44, and various instruments/mics flowing through a Yamaha TF5. We get quality recordings and have for years. But adding VST Connect Pro into a project requires you to abandon your usual inputs/outputs configuration. If you do manage to get VST Connect Pro to work, or should I say almost work, and then save the project, it seems you have to do major configuration surgery to get back to a regular project. Steinberg needs to make the configuration save with the project. And, yes, I know you can use individual presets for Inputs/Outputs/Studio, but I think that is not only stupid, but it doesn’t work well. What would be better is a template for a VST Connect project and a template for a non-VST Connect project, with the Inputs/Outputs/Studio configurations saved in the template, thus making it real easy to switch project types. The “Repair” menu button was a good idea, but it does not work for anything other than some simple Cubase-on-a-laptop setup in your bedroom.
Support for VST Connect Pro, at least here in Canada, is very poor. The Yamaha tech in Toronto does not have sufficient knowledge to provide support for VST Connect Pro. After much frustration, I have requested the tech remote to my iMac and do whatever is necessary to make VST Connect work with my remote performers. The answer to the request was to go to the forum. So, here I am. If these folks don’t get this product to work real soon, I suppose my next step will be small claims court.