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Playing a VSTi

Using a VSTi is not much different than using a hardware synth. The routing and settings are almost identical. VST instruments can be played live if you want; the only potential problem is the latency of your sound card. As this is written, the highest-quality sound cards can achieve latencies below 3 milliseconds, which is as low as most hardware synths and samplers. Not all systems are capable of this quality, though, and you will need to test your system to see if you can comfortably play VST instruments.

To play a VSTi

1.
In the track list, click the track that you want to use for the VSTi.

2.
Open the Track inspector. The settings for the selected track will be visible.

3.
On the top tab of the Track inspector, check whether the correct setting is chosen for the MIDI In field.

Figure 7.13 shows All MIDI Inputs selected for the selected MIDI track.

Figure 7.13. The most common setting for MIDI input is All MIDI Inputs. It will take MIDI from any available device.


4.
Click the MIDI Out setting to open a menu listing available MIDI outputs.

All active VST instruments are listed, along with any MIDI hardware devices that have been configured (Figure 7.14).

Figure 7.14. If you choose the Out setting, any active VST instruments will be listed and can be selected as the output of that MIDI track.


5.
Select the VSTi you want to play.

6.
Play your MIDI controller; it will trigger the VSTi.


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