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로직 프로의 멀티 Timbral 소프트 Synths 작업
Toby Pitman on Sat, May 21st 5 comments
Rather than run multiple instances of a virtual instrument to access multiple sounds learn how to use them in multi-timbral mode. Toby Pitman unravels the mystery behind how to set these up in Logic.

멀티 Timbral 소프트 synths은 everyones 소닉 아스날과 인스턴트 메시지의 중요한 부분 있는지 이것을 읽는 모든 사람들이 같은 하나 이상의 다중 timbral 소프트웨어 악기 것입니다 Omnisphere , Kontakt 또는 재생.

에서 로직 이 악기의 각 채널에 액세스하려면이 문서에서 불길한 멀티 timbral 소프트 synths를 사용하기위한 몇 가지 다른 솔루션에서 찾고 여러 가지 방법이 있습니다.

멀티 악기

Logics 멀티 인스 트루먼트 환경 개체는 롤랜드 JV - 1080이나 Korg Wavestation 같은 외부 멀티 timbral 하드웨어 synth 워크 스테이션과 함께 사용하기 위해 설계되었습니다.

그 뒤에 아이디어는 그 논리에서 하드웨어 MIDI 인터페이스 (매개 변수 상자에 목록 아래 포트 드롭을 통해)에 포트에 연결되어있을만한 환경 개체에서 16 이산 MIDI 채널에 액세스하는 것이었다. 당신은 하드웨어 인터페이스에서 선택한 포트가 다음 MIDI 케이블 (그들을 기억하세요??)와 synth에 연결하고 가야 좋았습니다.

아이디어는 당신의 스튜디오 하드웨어 synth 설정을 일치 멀티 인스 트루먼 트의 부하와 템플릿을 있었다.

이 개체는 16 악기 개체를 작성하고 개별적으로 자신의 MIDI 채널과 포트를 할당해야하는 것보다 훨씬 더 유선형했다. 오늘하려면 다중 악기는 여전히 외부 하드웨어 멀티 timbral synth를 사용하는 가장 좋은 방법입니다.

이리 줘 봐라!

따라서 멀티 timbral 소프트 Synths들이 여러 MIDI 채널을 해결하기 위해 로직에서 유일하게 실제 솔루션을 등장하기 시작했을 때 내부 환경 내부 소프트웨어 악기 채널 스트립에 멀티 악기 객체를 선 것이었다. 당신이 할 일은 그것이 다중 악기의 모든 16 MIDI 채널을받을 수 있도록 채널 스트립에있는 MIDI 채널 전체로 설정되었는지 확인되었습니다.

그런 다음 정렬 페이지에서 멀티 악기에 대해 트랙을 만들 끌 당신이 갔다.

Now this object was never really intended for internal use, mainly because there were no soft synths in existence when ‘Logic’ came into being in 1993! Let’s not forget that VSTi didn’t even appear until 1999 and the first multi-timbral soft synth I can think of was Kontakt which appeared in 2002.  

One tell tale sign of this not being it’s intended use is the warning sign you get when you connect a Multi Instrument to a Channel Strip.

I’m sure you’ve all seen this warning and idea of this is to let you know that by default the Multi Instrument wants to connect to the outside world via a Port. You can see all the available Ports I have in the image below. I managed to dig out an Emagic MT4 for effect!

By default the Multi Instrument will connect itself to ‘all’ those Ports on creation. Removing the Port settings ensures that any MIDI you pipe through the Multi Instrument can’t escape Logic into the outside world.

Although the Multi Instrument works well internally it’s a a pain to set up especially if you like starting from a blank slate. There’s also the issue of MIDI CC7 (Volume) not being able to control the levels of each part in your synth, as no matter what channel your send this message on it always ends up controlling the overall channel strip volume fader! So not perfect!

멀티 악기의 죽음?

Now up until Logic 8 this was your only real option for using multi-timbral soft synths in Logic. Then Apple had a bright idea! 

Inside the ‘New Tracks’ dialogue box a small checkbox appears when you select Software Instrument. The checkbox is marked ‘Multi-timbral’.

It is now possible to create multiple copies (between 1-16 in the dialogue box) of your Software Instrument track in the Arrange page each with it’s own discrete MIDI channel thus eliminating the need for wiring up a Multi Instrument object! Hooray!! Well not quite!

Despite this looking quite fancy in the Arrange area, behind the scenes in the Environment object numbers are starting to add up! For this to work Logic has to duplicate the ‘Channel Strip’ in the environment for each discrete MIDI channel you want. 

Now if you never go in the Environment that’s fine. If you do you’ll have to wade through reams of duplicate faders. Don’t forget this also adds to Logics memory consumption too!

Below are some of the faders for ‘four’ 16 channel software instruments (64 channel strips).

The weird thing is you don’t actually gain any advantages over the ‘Multi Instrument’ object technique as far as control goes. If you move the fader for one the other 15 duplicates move as well. You still can’t use CC7 or CC10 (pan) as it will effect channel strip volume and pan on all 15 copies.

Saying that it is a big leap forward in convenience. But still not quite perfect!  

스마트 소프트 Synths

Now one plugin in particular that is quite clever in the way it deals with multi-timbrality is Stylus RMX

I came across this by accident when editing a MIDI file I’d dragged from Stylus into the Arrange page in the Event List.

I noticed that if I dragged a MIDI file from say ‘Part 4’ in Stylus that it actually bought the MIDI channel (Ch 4) information with it inside the region (MIDI file).

It dawned on me that as long as my Software Instrument track was set to channel ‘All’ there was no need to create and wire up a ‘Multi Instrument’ or create ‘Multi-timbral’ tracks
as the MIDI was automatically speaking to the right part in Stylus via the MIDI channel information in the region! 

All I had to do was duplicate the track using Option + Command + S (Track > New With Same Channel Strip/Instrument). Each new part I dragged from Stylus sent the information over it’s own discrete MIDI channel! This is now how I use Stylus.

혼합 신호 보내기

So what if you want to trigger each discrete part from a keyboard? Well by default every MIDI controller transmits on MIDI Ch 1. There is however no reason why you can’t change this! All controllers have the ability to change their MIDI Transmit (TX) channel. 

If I want to access the sounds on say Part 4 of Stylus from a duplicated track I could just set my controller keyboard to Transmit on Ch 4 so it’s on the right channel before it enters Logic! Simple! 

In fact I’ve found this to be an really quick way to program with Stylus. Triggering another ‘Part’ is as simple as pressing a + or - key on my controller to switch the MIDI channel.

In the image below you can see 4 Parts of Stylus being triggered from one region. Have a look at the note information. In the ‘Ch’ column you can see the notes are on different MIDI channels. 

This also cuts my track count although I can easily separate these by selecting the region and going to MIDI > Separate MIDI Events > By Event Channel.

It even automatically duplicates the tracks for me too.

You could even go as far as to build a MIDI channel switcher using some Transformers before the Sequencer Input in the Environment hooked up to a hardware fader. Just move the fader to access any channel of a multi-timbral synth instantly. 

Note: This might be a project for the more (ahem!).... adventurous Logic user!

이동 아직도 방법!

For me there’s still a way to go in Logic before multi-timbral and multi ‘output’ synths are integrated in a harmonious way. 

For instance if I want to have a multi-timbral soft synth with 16 MIDI channels and 16 stereo outputs (and automate those outputs) I need a whopping 32 tracks in the Arrange just for that one instrument!!

What I’d like to see is a setup where ‘Auxiliary’ audio objects that were created from a Software Instrument (for multi output usage) were also able to be used as ‘sequencer tracks’, each with their own unique MIDI channel. 

Maybe in Logic 10? In the meantime check out SteveH’s Logic TNT2 and Logic TNT3 series for specific tips on working with multi-timbral instruments and much, much more!

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  • Craig
    Hi Toby, Great timing you have. This is the exact issue I'm trying to figure out. I have an instance of Stylus and one of Omnisphere. Each with 8 midi channels and 8 aux channels. The part I am struggling with, is mixing these. I set everything up exactly the way Steve H showed in TNT2. Multi instrument and transformers working exactly the way he shows. Software instrument track with instance of stylus > multi instrument object in environment > 8 subsequent midi channels in arrange > 8 aux channels in mixer + arrange. All works great but where I am falling apart is understanding how to mix these. So here is my question: I would like to convert the midi to audio in order to mix. How do I get this to happen? I'd kill for a video on this step showing how to get the midi coming back on aux channels to new audio tracks so they can be used with effects etc. Same issue with my virus TI too. I can't wait for Logic 10 if they can get this perfected. Thanks to you and anyone else who can explain this to me. Cheers, Craig
    • 9 years ago
    • By: Craig
  • tobypitman
    Hey Craig, You should be able to apply any effects and automation onto the Aux channels being fed by the plugins. Obviously you'll need to apply any instrument (Stylus, Omnisphere) automation to the software instrument track. No need to convert to audio unless you want to chop it up. Is this any help?
    • 9 years ago
    • By: tobypitman
  • Rounik Admin
    As Toby says you can mix the Aux channels... But, if you really want to render your MIDI tracks into audio and then mix those, you can solo an Aux channel and then choose File > Bounce... Then repeat the process for each Aux you want as a separate audio track. They'll be in your project's Bounce folder. Alternatively, you could route each Aux channel's output to a new different Bus. Next create a new audio track for every Aux channel and set each audio tracks Input to match an Aux's Output Bus. Record enable those audio tracks and hit record. You'll then be rendering each of the Aux channels audio signal to it's own audio track in real-time. Hope it helps
    • 9 years ago
    • By: Rounik Admin
  • Dekuruy
    Tobi, Thanks! Great article. And Thank you Rounik for the great signal routing tips. Adam
    • 9 years ago
    • By: Dekuruy
  • Thanks guys. Really helpful and much appreciated!!! Cheers, Craig
    • 9 years ago
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