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Steinberg Cubase 7 Power Tips

September 17, 2013
Use a multitimbral, multichannel VST instrument in Cubase.
Cubase gives you two ways to instantiate VST instruments. If the instrument has only one stereo audio output, or if it has multiple outputs but you don’t plan to use the extra outputs, you can create the instrument using the Project menu’s convenient Add Track > Instrument selection. But if you need to use the extra audio outputs for separate sounds, or if the instrument can respond on several MIDI channels at once and you need to use this feature, an Instrument Track won’t do the job. Follow these steps to set up your instrument.
Step 1: With some VST instruments, such as a percussion sample player, you may need multiple MIDI tracks, but not multiple audio outputs. In this case, you don’t need to use the method discussed here. Within an Instrument Track, whose VST instrument is self-contained, you can add multiple track lanes and record simultaneous parts into the lanes.

Step 3: Cubase will most likely give each new MIDI track its own MIDI channel. If the main track for the VST instrument is selected when you perform this step, the MIDI track outputs should automatically be assigned to the VST instrument. Even so, after creating the MIDI tracks you should check to make sure they’re assigned to the channels you want to use, and that the track’s MIDI output is set to the VST instrument.

Step 5: Renaming the Mixer channels will also rename the VST automation tracks in the Project window, but it won’t rename the MIDI tracks. Setting up matching track names will help you avoid confusion as your project becomes complex.

Step 1 Open the VST Instruments panel using the F11 key. Click in a right-side black box and choose the VST instrument you want to use from the pop-up menu.
Step 2 Click on the tiny gray rectangle to the right of the circular ‘e’ button to activate the audio outputs that you need from the pop-up menu. This will automatically create mixer channels and VST automation tracks for the new outputs.
Step 3 From the Project Menu, use Add Track to add a new MIDI track for each of the multitimbral slots in the instrument that you plan to use.
Step 4 Use the ‘e’ button in the VST Instruments window to open the instrument’s panel. Choose presets, and assign each preset to an audio output using whatever methods your instrument provides. The mixer strips in Spectrasonics Omnisphere (shown here) have an output selector near the left end.
Step 5 Use F3 to open the Cubase Mixer. Rename the outputs by doubleclicking on the names, and add insert FX or other adjustments as needed.
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