Software /VST instruments
Samplitude provides the option of integrating software instruments according to VSTi
standards, or via ReWire into a VIP, which can then be controlled via the internal MIDI
functions and editors. Software instruments can be accessed as audio track inputs and as
mixer channels. In this way, the audio signals of a VST instrument can be further edited
with all options offered by the mixer, including the EQ, effects and routing. VST instruments
offer sample-precise timing of MIDI events. The maximum number of instruments is limited
by the performance power of your processor. You can increase this number almost
unlimitedly by using the integrated freeze function.
Installation of VST plug-ins
Install every VST instrument according to the instructions of the manufacturer. VST
instruments and VST effects are not entered into the Windows registry, but must be saved
in a certain directory.
Samplitude searches for installed VST instruments in the "VST plug-ins" program subfolder.
You can install your VST instruments either in this folder or use any other path. If you
already have VST plug-ins installed on your system, use the already existing folder. You will,
however, have to enter this foreign path in the system settings ("Y" key) in the "Effects >
VST / DirectX / ReWire" subdialog (entering multiple paths is also possible). Simply enter
one path after the other, all paths will be taken into consideration. Samplitude will
automatically find newly installed plug-ins contained within the selected folders.
The first time the program is opened, a search for existing instruments and plug-ins is
executed when the track settings are opened. Here, not only are all the plug-ins imported,
but they are also checked for their usability within the program. This search is only
necessary once, the next time it is opened, the track settings will be opened immediately.
Tip: For problems with your current configuration, you can reset all paths and installed
instruments or plug-ins.
Load software instruments
Load an instrument by selecting a "New instrument" in the project window as a track output. This can happen at various points:
• "Out" slot -> New instrument in the MIDI section of the track editor.
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This is the standard method to load a route a software instrument.
• In the audio section of the track editor: "In" slot -> instrument outputs
• In the playback device context menu: right-click on "Mute" button -> MIDI -> New
• Plug-ins slot -> VSTi in the track editor
You can create software instruments in the mixer as well:
• Insert effect slot of the mixer > VSTi
You will only find this option in the top Insert slot of the individual mixer channels.
Alternatively, you can also install and manage software instruments in the VSTi rack. To do
so, open the VSTi Manager.
Routing settings during software instrument
You can also assign an instrument as a MIDI output device to each track.
Additionally, you can route audio output channels from software instruments to any tracks
of the VIP. MIDI (send) and Audio (Return) of a software instrument can, but don't have to
be present together on one track. Samplitude offers full freedom for individual routing
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During installing of a software instrument the "Routing for surround sound software
instruments" dialog is opened. Here you can lay down new tracks for single audio outs.
Simple mono or stereo software instruments can be completely installed in the current
track. Thus, the track sends MIDI to the instrument and receives the audio signal from the
instrument. For this, select the "Simple: Audio and MIDI together in one track"
configuration. Now all audio signals will routed to the current track, where the instrument
has been opened. In this case multiple outputs are mixed together before the output.
Multi-timbral: Route audio on separate track separate from MIDI
Select this setting if you would like to control the VSTi from several MIDI tracks.
Multi-channel: Create multiple new tracks for single instrument outputs
Choose this option if you would like to automatically create new tracks for all VSTi audio
outputs. The newly created tracks are configured and named automatically. The
mono/stereo configuration is taken over from the Samplitude (Standard).
Individual outputs can also be routed subsequently to separate tracks. To display hidden
tracks in the arranger window again, please use the Track Manager (view page 112).
Combine audio/MIDI: Activate this checkbox to automatically route the MIDI output of
each individual track to this instrument.
Hide instrument output tracks in arrangement: All newly created output tracks of this
instrument are hidden in the Arranger but still appear in the mixer window. This setting
should be used if individual outputs of an instrument are controlled by a single MIDI file and
therefore do not contain objects or information in the arranger window.
Hint: Please note that the audio output of a virtual synthesizer can usually be created,
edited, and mixed in the same track as the MIDI data the instrument is receiving. Amongst
other things this results in a double use of the volume fader which, on the one hand,
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controls velocity or MIDI volume (CC7) and on the other the audio level. These are not
identical parameters. For instance, you can include a MIDI instrument played with high
velocity quietly in the mix and vice versa. You can therefore optionally assign the volume
fader differently. To do this, right-click on the volume fader of the track.