Saturday, March 3, 2018

How to send multiple channels from a Vst instrument to separate tracks

Hello and welcome to this week's article!
Today we are going to talk about a very practical topic, that in this case is shown in the Presonus Studio One interface, but that can be applied to any other daw: how to take the various channels of a multi channel Vst instrument and send them to separate tracks in order to process them individually.

Let's imagine we have a drum vst instrument (or an orchestral one, or whatever): we can process the various channels inside the instrument (like in the case of Addictive Drums, in the picture),  or we can send them to separate tracks in the daw, to be able to use our favourite vst plugins.
In order to do that we need to click in the right-pointing arrow in the top of the interface, and it will open us the list of the channels.

By default, all the channels will be routed on track one, which is the vst instrument track, but we can assign each channel to a separate track just by ticking them in the list.
This does not mean we need to always tick all of them and process all of them separately, for example for a drumset we could need a track for the snare, a track for the kick, a track for the hi hat, a track for all the three toms together, a track with all the room and ambience microphones and a track with the rest of the cymbals, this way with six busses we could have enough flexibility to process independently everything without having to rely only on the vst instrument internal mixer, which sometimes has rather poor plugins.

Note that in this case the tracks in the list are called with the same names of the drum parts, but it's not always like that, usually they are called just "out 1, 2, 3..." and so on, so you need to assign each channel to an out to create the corresponding track.
Finally, sometimes, the internal VstI mixer has the various channels all routed into out 1, so before creating the various tracks you will need to assign each mixer channel to an output, and then with the abovementioned method, route these out into separate busses.

I hope this was helpful!

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