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  1. I swear I tried this with no luck, but I just tried it (again?) and it works!! thank you @scook! Do you happen to know what the difference is between MIDI CC and "Parameter Automation"? Like, what is the protocol called for automation if not MIDI Control Change/Continuous Control?
  2. If a VST added as an instrument track outputs Automation data (not MIDI CC), is there a way for Cakewalk to capture that automatically (like if it were MIDI CC data on a MIDI track), or like a control surface (Mackie Control) would do for track volume/pan/etc? The Scenario: Arturia PolyBrute Connect is a VST that accompanies the Arturia Polybrute analog synth, when added to a DAW (or run standalone), the hardware synth communicates all its parameter data directly to the VST (i.e. when you turn knobs on the synth it is displayed in the VST UI in realtime, and vice versa, when you change params in the software interface, those are also reflected on the synth hardware). When the VST is added as an instrument in Cakewalk, you can create automation lanes and set them explicitly to receive parameter data from the PolyBrute Connect VST. However, I don't see a way to have the instrument track just automatically capture any parameter (Automation) data coming from the VST. I would think that enabled Automation Write on the instrument track itself would do this, but it doesn't. Alternatively, if you use the PolyBrute synth without the accompanying software/VST, it will send MIDI CC data through its USB MIDI interface. This is disabled when running the software as the synth then send NMTP data to the PolyBrute Connect software instead. So I don't see any way to run the use the PolyBrute with the VST and capture all the knob movements into automation lanes without preemptively setting up all the lanes you think you're going to want to capture, which kind of defeats the purpose (in my opinion).
  3. No, the Maschine and VCV (to name just a couple like this) plugins are a self-contained DAW'like environments with their own internal audio/midi routing, so 2 instances wouldn't be able to route between the instances (unless you were using the virtual router like the Blue Cat Connector). Also, in the case of Maschine, it is tied to a hardware controller, not sure it can deal with multiple instances.
  4. Yeah, check out the scenarios I posted above for complete details on the problem and the ask.
  5. Woah... yes, that does work! ...and what makes an aux track so special?? I see that it is actually its own category in the bus send assignment right click menu. I've never seen this.
  6. No, you can do this now when the VST is in the FX rack. But then you can't route the audio from that audio track where it's hosted to another audio track for recording or to route the multitrack audio from the VST (like you can do when the VST is hosted as an instrument track) So, internal routing wouldn't allow for a loop. Of course, you can always create a feedback loop elsewhere, but that's just part of multitrack recording in general.
  7. Well, that's interesting... I'll have to look into that. Still, as far as I know, there is no way to record the output of the FX chain in a CbB audio track. So, in the scenario of wanting to record the audio that's occurring within a VST (VCV/Maschine/Etc.) into another audio track in CbB, there is no way to do that unless A) you're using instrument tracks or B) you're recording from a loopback (either some other virtual audio device, or outputting through your audio interface and looping back to an input). Unless you can host the BC connector (VST?) as an instrument track in CbB. I would love to make the ask to BandLab to add the ability to route audio into an Instrument track hosted VST.
  8. Back in the thread there are a couple breakdowns of the behavior in CbB. To put it simply: The VST plugin standard supports multiple channels of MIDI in and out, and it supports multiple channels of audio in and out. There is no way to setup a VST in CbB and actually do all this routing at once. The ask is to have a way to host a VST in CbB that supports the full VST capabilities. In a previous post I wrote out this scenario. This step by step shows the different ways that you can host a VST in CbB and what the outcome is regarding the routing options. None of the ways you can host a VST today in CbB allows for all of the VST capabilities at once. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Create an Audio track Add a multi-track capable VST as an FX Rack plugin Enable MIDI out for that VST instance Add a MIDI track and select the VST as the MIDI output Note: You can route any number of audio tracks to any number of the VSTs supported audio inputs, however, you cannot create another audio track and select any of the audio outputs coming from that VST as the input Select the Audio track and MIDI track, right click and select "Make instrument track" The 2 tracks become 1 instrument track Note: You can no longer route any other audio track's output to the supported inputs of that VST, however you can now create additional audio tracks and route any number of the supported audio output channels from the VST as the input sources. Select the Instrument track, right click and select "Split instrument track" Note: Even though it splits out the audio and MIDI tracks, the VST is no longer added to the FX rack, and the instrument track behavior (as previously noted) for that VST is still in effect. This can also be looked at like this: VST hosting scenarios and capabilities: Instrument Track No: Audio input to the VST Yes: Audio output from the VST (to other audio tracks, supports multichannel audio from the VST) Yes: MIDI in Yes: MIDI out FX Rack on an Audio Track Yes: Audio input to the VST No: Audio output from the VST (to other audio tracks, supports multichannel audio from the VST) Yes: MIDI in Yes: MIDI out (not enabled by default) =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
  9. Hmm, not sure I understand... You're hosting VCV Rack 2 Pro FX in a Cakewalk Audio track's FX rack? And then are able to get to VCV's multiple track outputs as input sources to other Cakewalk audio tracks? Maschine (like VCV), is a sort of DAW on its own. It hosts VSTs, samples, etc. and has its own Ableton Live like Parts/Sections/Tracks performance concept (and is tied to the Maschine Mk3 hardware controller in my case). It can run standalone or as a VST. In both modes, it supports multichannel audio in and out as well as multichannel MIDI in and out. I can host VCV from within Maschine, or from what I think you're suggesting, can also host Maschine inside of VCV using that module. However, I don't think that gets us to that nirvana like state of being able to truly route everything (audio and midi) inside Cakewalk. My own ideal scenario is the ability to host Maschine in CbB and use it to record patterns of MIDI from external synths and then route the audio from those external synths through CbB to record the audio back into the Maschine instance to record it as a sample/loop. Then doing all of the arrangement inside of Maschine, then come time to mix and add other acoustic instruments/acoustic drums, etc., have Cakewalk's multitrack audio capabilities to record audio tracks alongside. I can do pretty all of this with CbB as is (woot!), but not being able to output individual channels of audio back to CbB is limiting. Also, another benefit of being able to do this routing is being able to record the multitrack output of Maschine while doing live performances on Maschine (as it has a whole performance aspect with its controllers, etc.). The same could be said about being able to record the Audio output of a VCV performance into multiple tracks, while also routing audio (and MIDI) from CbB into VCV. The only way to do this right now is if you're hosting Maschine/VCV in an Instrument track, but then, no audio input... So, so close! I just loaded up Ableton live to see how it handles all this and it is more capable with multitrack in and out support, but alas, it has a pretty major limitation. All the MIDI coming from a plugin/VST is summed into a single channel. So, there is no way to have Maschine (or VCV) outputting multiple channels of MIDI and then routing that MIDI in Live to hardware synths or other Live hosted plugins. I will likely be testing out Reaper and Cubase myself just to see if any of these actually do what I want. But like I said before, I love CbB, and really would love to just stay put as it is SO superior is many ways to just about every other DAW.
  10. Thanks for the confirmation. So, the ask here is to support that. I believe Reaper does support this (from what I gather, I haven't tried it myself). I don't want to move to Reaper, I have used and evolved with Cakewalk for 20+ years, and love just about everything about it, except this... I'm not in their code (so this is an ignorant statement), but I would imagine that it would not be a huge amount of work to just support audio input to VST hosted outside the context of the FX rack. Any devs on here care to comment?
  11. I would love someone who knows the CbB codebase to chime in on this... Create an Audio track Add a multi-track capable VST as an FX Rack plugin Enable MIDI out for that VST instance Add a MIDI track and select the VST as the MIDI output Note: You can route any number of audio tracks to any number of the VSTs supported audio inputs, however, you cannot create another audio track and select any of the audio outputs coming from that VST as the input Select the Audio track and MIDI track, right click and select "Make instrument track" The 2 tracks become 1 instrument track Note: You can no longer route any other audio track's output to the supported inputs of that VST, however you can now create additional audio tracks and route any number of the supported audio output channels from the VST as the input sources. Select the Instrument track, right click and select "Split instrument track" Note: Even though it splits out the audio and MIDI tracks, the VST is no longer added to the FX rack, and the instrument track behavior (as previously noted) for that VST is still in effect. So... how is it the same under the covers? Clearly something is happening behind the scenes, under the covers, etc. that is enabling/disabling the VSTs capabilities. Like the VST is treated one way when bound to a single audio channel (i.e. treated as an effect) and when it is added as a disconnected or global VST, either created when creating an instrument track or when just added as a synth in the Synth rack interface. This may come down to a difference between VST and VSTi (come to think of it), at least in how CbB treats it, but in actuality they are both the same thing, the spec defines them both as capable of multichannel duplex audio/midi. But depending on how they are added in Cakewalk, they seem to be treated differently.
  12. If there is no difference than why can audio tracks be routed to a VST that is hosted in an FX rack, but not to a VST that is hosted within the instrument track construct? With all that's said here, there is still a limitation in the way that Cakewalk is supporting VST capabilities. Right? Meaning, again, there is no way to host a VST and have MIDI going in and out of it and multitrack audio going in and out of it.
  13. As mentioned in the OP and in my reply above, yes, adding as an FX rack plugin gets you MIDI in/out and audio in, but you cannot route audio from that plugin instance to other audio tracks like you can when a plugin is added as an instrument. (plugins like Kontakt, VCV Rack2 Pro, Maschine, etc.).
  14. Ok, but the 2 VST hosting scenario above are true. So, there is a gap in VST support here. I understand that an "instrument track" is just a presentation thing in Cakewalk, however under the covers something is different as you can't route audio to the instrument track's attached VST and you can route multiple audio outputs from it to other tracks (i.e. multitrack VSTs like Kontact, VCV, Maschine, etc.). and: It does:
  15. Just to make this clear. Unless I'm missing some setting somewhere. VST hosting scenarios and capabilities: Instrument Track No: Audio input to the VST Yes: Audio output from the VST (to other audio tracks, supports multichannel audio from the VST) Yes: MIDI in Yes: MIDI out FX Rack on an Audio Track Yes: Audio input to the VST No: Audio output from the VST (to other audio tracks, supports multichannel audio from the VST) Yes: MIDI in Yes: MIDI out (not enabled by default) So, it seems there is no way to host a VST in Cakewalk where you can route audio in/out and MIDI in/out. Remarking this thread as not solved...
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