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.|
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.
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