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I was looking at some forums today and I noticed that there seem to be many people struggling with setting up multiple outputs on virtual instruments.

I thought I would go through some of the basics this week. Again as always most DAWs handle this in a very similar manner but each has its own quirks.



But Why?

Why would you want to split the outputs from a virtual instruments or sampler? Well quite simply to allow you to print audio files of the output in case you live longer have access to the instrument itself will need to send the audio away to be mixed and also to allow separate processing on each individual element for instance you might want to eat you just the bass drum or just the overhead mics of a drum VI. Also the side benefit of this is that you free up CPU power!

I'm demonstrating in Harrison Mixbus 3.7. The key things to remember when using Mixbus 3 are to select a name for the midi track as you create it and make sure you select the virtual instruments that you want from the menu. Mixbus will then ask you how many channels you want to set up the plug-in to run it, generally you want to pick the maximum amount. In my case with SSD drums it is 24. That equates to 8 stereo channels and eight mono.why do I suggest naming the MIDI channel? Well it is simply because the channel name defaults to the word MIDI otherwise and when you pop in to your audio connections manager (ctrl+N) you might confuse yourself by thinking that you are routing MIDI data rather than audio.


What about Pro Tools?

As I mentioned in the video ProTools is a little bit quirky in that it is difficult to route outputs 1 and 2 (or stereo 1 if you like) to anywhere but the instrument channel itself.

Likewise in Mixbus the routing of output 1 and 2 normals to your EQ module, compressor and fader of that MIDI channel. However if you simply right click the plug-in and select pin connections a window will pop up... it looks a little bit like this:


Simply disconnect the green pins with a right to click. There is some more detail on how to set up the routing in the video so you should definitely watch that!



So go forth and multiply your outputs! 

Happy recording see you next time.

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