VIENNA ENSEMBLE PRO 6の使い方② DAWとの連携・設定方法(Sleepfreaks DTMスクール)

VIENNA ENSEMBLE PRO 6の使い方② DAWとの連携・設定方法(Sleepfreaks DTMスクール)

August 9, 2019 7 By Kailee Schamberger


Hi there. Welcome back to the Vienna Ensemble Pro6 class. This time, I would like to show you the step how to use it along with DAW. Again, this software runs instruments and effects on behalf of DAW. Let’s put instruments in this. It is very easy. Just click the + sign here. Now you have an instance. You can insert multiple instruments in an instance. Also, you can make multiple instances by clicking the + sign. You can rename an instance by double click. Or if you do right click on this, you have the ‘Set Color’ option. By changing the color, it helps differentiate visually. You can change the order by drag and drop. And you can insert multiple instruments to the instance. I made the one called ‘Synth’. This single instance can be linked to one of the tracks
in the DAW so that the particular single track will play
the multiple instruments in the instance. Here is the step. Click on the blank area or click this icon, and go to Plug-ins. For Mac, the AU for Logic format would appear.
Windows should show VST only. Let me open the Native Instruments Massive. The software is opened. If the window is too small, drag the corner of the window to resize. Or if you click the icon on the top right, you will have a float window. You can use whatever you want. I want another two Massives. Right click on this and choose the ‘Duplicate’ for duplication. It is convenient for your quick operation. I placed three of them. By default, the Master Bus is available. For these added instruments, three Massives,
the total volume and the panning of them can be
controlled from here. Also you can mute or solo at once. Okay, let’s load this instance in the DAW. In Cubase, right click to make an instrument track. You should find the Vienna plugin under the VSL. You will find two of the same items listed. The one with three vertical lines, and the one without it. This sign means the VST3 format. It is an enhanced format. For better feature and CPU efficiency, I recommend you to use this one unless you have any special reasons. Once you add a track, you will see this window. It is not connected yet. Click the ‘CONNECT’. These are the instances I added earlier. Select one of them, let me choose the ‘Synth’ this time, and click the CONNECT button. Okay, the track in the DAW and the Synth instance were connected. I have already prepared a preset sound for the Massive. Let me load it. You can use it as usual. Like this. The volume level is a little too loud. In this case, you can use the Master Bus to control all of them at once. You can also change each volume level separately.
Find a good balance with it. I prepared a phrase as well. Let’s check it out. Let me tweak the level. You can also change the panning of a particular sound respectively. Please pay attention to this. The single MIDI data is playing multiple instruments. It is useful for this kind of unison play. I said that it was good for the CPU efficiency,
it means that it is better to insert three Massives
in Vienna than in DAW. Let me play something… well, I feel a little latency. On this CONNECT window, you see the ‘2 buffers’ option. The larger the buffer value, the worse the response speed is, but the CPU consumes lower power. On the other hand, if it is ‘none’, you will have the faster latency. But it requires higher CPU power. You should choose the best value depending on your work accordingly. And there is a recommended setting for this.
Click on the gear button. The setting window is open. If you check the ‘Auto Raise Instance’, when you open
an instrument track window, the instance edit window
will automatically open. Good to know, right? Currently, the single MIDI data plays multiple instruments. But you might want each of them to play different phrases. Since the step is different per DAW, I have put down the URL of each article for detail. For Cubase, right click and add the same number of MIDI tracks as your instances. Let’s make 3 tracks… like this. Where will these MIDI data be sent to? Check the the left pane here. There are the Vienna Ensemble from 1 to 8. Although I will explain about the MIDI port later on, it indicates the left number here. All of them show ‘1’. Let’s confirm if the MIDI track instrument is set as MIDI port 1. It is fine, right? Next, I want to confirm… it is the MIDI port 1. The MIDI channel is 2. This one is the MIDI channel 3. This one is the MIDI chancel 4. By assigning a different MIDI channel respectively,
the different MIDI phrases can be sent to each instrument respectively. Since all of them are ‘1’, the MIDI phrase was played by three instruments at once. Now we have 2, 3 and 4. Let me set this MIDI channel to 2, 3, and 4. If you set the channel 1, it will play this original MIDI data. Let me play the keyboard with this setting. Yes, the channel 2 is being played like this. And if I play the channel 3, then it will play this one. If I play the channel 4, this one will be triggered.
The different phrases are played by each. There is a good feature when you assign different MIDI channels. Take a look at this ‘MIDI Activity Focus’. There is the ‘MASSIVE 2’, linked to this track. But if I play the ‘Massive 1’… the played instrument comes to the front automatically. This is very handy for your sound edit activity. In this case, I set the MIDI port to all as 1, and set different MIDI channels as 2, 3, 4 respectively. You can set up to 16 channels per one port, so you might think it is good enough. But sometimes it is not. Let me give you an advice for that. I’ll go with an instance called ‘Drums’ for easy understanding. Let me add an instrument. Since it is drums, how about the Kick2 for Sonic Academy. And next one is the Stylus for Spectrasonics. Now we have the Kick and the Stylus. We have to assign the ‘Drums’ instance to the DAW. Likewise, choose the Vienna Ensemble Pro, and add a track. And click the CONNECT. The available instances appear. The Synth is being used by this Vienna track. The same instance cannot be assigned to multiple tracks. Please keep it in mind. So let’s choose the Drums, and connect it. Likewise, since there are two instruments, let’s add two MIDI tracks. Let me rename it to Kick and Stylus. Let’s confirm the step together, okay? For the MIDI port, choose the second ‘Vienna Ensemble Pro – MIDI In 1’. And this one. it is the same MIDI port. For the rest, as I said, this is the MIDI channel 2, this is the MIDI channel 3. So the Kick is with the MIDI channel 2, the Stylus is with the MIDI channel 3. Alright? Now the MIDI comes to the Stylus, and it comes to the Kick as well successfully. There is nothing loaded to the Stylus yet. Let’s load something. I chose this percussion sound. Now, I am playing the Stylus… but there is no sound.
This is the most important point actually. There are some rhythm instruments with built-in MIDI channel from 1 to 8. Currently, it is indicating ‘1’ in this instrument. So it has to be the MIDI channel 1. But if you want to use the MIDI channel 3 on the track,
you had to load the instrument to the channel 3. If you are confused on these MIDI channel settings, set the MIDI port 2 for the Stylus. Since it is the different port, the MIDI channel 1 can be used. Then, you should set the MIDI port 2 for the Stylus, and the MIDI channel should be 1. We can play the Stylus’s channel 1 now, and also we can play the Kick as well respectively. This is the reason why we use the different MIDI port. If the MIDI is not working well, just verify both the MIDI port and MIDI channel. If you play the tracks, all sounds will be routed to the first Vienna Ensemble Pro track. So if you change the volume level, panning or effect on this particular track, it will affect all sounds. Then we usually use the individual output. It is to separate the audio output per instrument. I have put down the article about this so you can refer to it. I will show you the step how to do that for the Vienna. It is very easy. In Cubase, you should enable the individual output. Click the right side of the instrument name and increase the output. I want to increase it for the Kick and the Stylus.
I will enable the Out 3/4 and the Out 5/6. As you can see here for the instrument list, these two are routed to the Master Bus. The Master Bus is over here. This Master Bus is routed to the ‘OUT 1/2’, so the sound comes to this track. Now you know that we should change the these output routing. For the Kick, you should choose the ‘OUT 3/4’.
For the Stylus, it should be the ‘OUT 5/6’. Let’s confirm the result of the each individual output.
The Kick comes to the ‘OUT 3/4’. For the Stylus, yes, it comes to the ‘OUT 5/6’. You can control the volume level, panning or effect from the DAW side. Another advice for the individual output. Depending on the instrument, you can configure the individual output in the instrument side. I can show you an example of Kontakt this time. Let’s launch the Kontakt for the individual output. I have loaded the Studio Drummer of the Kontakt instrument. This instrument can route each sound internally, for such as kick, snare or hi-hat. The kick could be the stereo1, and the snare could be the stereo2… like this. In this case, how can we route them to the DAW? Let’s go to the mixer screen of the Vienna. We can see the loaded instruments here. The instrument which is capable with the individual output shows the plus button at the bottom right of the fader. By clicking this button, the sound comes from each channel. By routing the sound to ‘OUT 3/4’ or ‘OUT 5/6’, it will be assigned to the respective track in the DAW. The MIDI and the audio routing looks a little complicated, but if you use a template feature,
the setting can be loaded instantly. I just want you to remember the capability of the flexible routing for now. This Vienna’s setting is stored in the DAW project file. So, if you save and load the project file, the Vienna’s setting will be configured automatically. If it is not saved for some reason, verify if this particular icon in this CONNECT window is illuminated or not. If it is on, the Vienna’s setting will not be saved in the DAW. Unless you do not want to save it with the auto save function, just turn it off. This right button allows you to toggle the said save setting for all of Vienna instances at once. When you want to load a project,
you should launch the Vienna Ensemble Pro first,
and then open the DAW project next. Please keep this in mind. Okay, I showed you how to integrate with DAW. Next time, I will show you the major sales point,
how to share these instruments between
different projects or different DAW softwares. It helps to switch the project very fast.
I will talk focusing around the process improvement. Alright, that is all for today. Thank you for watching.