How do I associate one track with more than one instrument plugin?
This seems like a question that must have been asked a million times before, but I have searched ‘Multiple plugins’ ‘More than one plugin’ and various others on the forums, and in the wiki with no success.
Is it some variant on plugin aliasing? I know how to do more complex stuff with DSP stuff due to the meta-effects, but can’t see an obvious way to do it
There is no “hard link” between a track and an instrument in Renoise.
In other DAW’s, you are often asked if you want to create a MIDI or Audio track but in Renoise, you can mix them as you’d please (place notes wherever you like).
Basically, each instrument is comprised of any of these three components:
- Samples (including keyzone, envelopes etc.)
- Plugin (an external synth plugin, such as VST etc.)
- MIDI (to trigger external gear or software)
Samples are able to play in any number of channels at the same time, but plugins are different - the output of a (single-channel) plugin can only be routed to a single track at a time.
For this reason, you also have the option to configure which track should receive the audio from the plugin - see the Instrument Settings > Plugin > Output tab … Otherwise you might get some strange artifacts in the sound when moving through tracks, as your synth is being processed by a different track DSP chain from one moment to the other
So, you’re saying that if I have C4-00 then it’s C4-00… and nothing can ever change that? If so, fair enough. Thanks for taking the time to clarify!
Ah, perhaps you mean the ability to “stack” instruments?
What I wrote is still true, but perhaps you are looking for a way to trigger multiple instruments then?
There are a couple of ways to achieve this:
Define a MIDI input that enables track routing (use the instrument’s MIDI input tab for this purpose).
You can attach several instruments to the same MIDI controller, no problem.
Use something like the MIDI management tool.
The tool features “note propagation”, which means that you can write a single note and see it appear in multiple tracks.
You’re correct. Stacking instruments is what I was after.
I managed to do it using your former method: hard-locking the tracks of the instruments to the ones I wanted and overriding the midi-in to my controller on both instruments via the midi tab on the instruments. A bit kludgey, but certainly worked. Thanks!