after viewing a lot of Youtube tutorials, reading some threads here in the last days I started my 14 days trial yesterday evening. I’m looking for an alternative to Mainstage on my MacBook, which helped me to enter the virtual world of instruments, collect the right instruments and effects. However I started struggliung with the performance of MS, some limitations and stability on my two keyboard hybrid live setup.
So I wanted to give GP a try, which looks promising. Here’s my first impression after day one
- after installation I tried to add my Arturia B3 V2 AU → first crash This was reproducable - so I added the VST version of the B3 and everything went fine. This was some kind of surprising, as GP advertises with stability as one of the top features?! Other Arturia Plugins work fine as AU…
Is there a general rule of thumb to rather US VST(3) over AU or does it “just depend” on the Plugin?
creating racks works like a charm, but why in the world is there no ‘undo’? This seems to be one of the most wanted features here, and especially for a GP beginner essential not to waste time, when moving widget instead of assigning parameters / MIDI…
After enabling multiple instances I added a second instance to check if I could design something like a global rack for some generic tools and helpers (e.g. I’m using a mixer channel in MS to route my Forte SE Audio through the soundcard and add it to the MS output…).
Is there a way to open this 2nd instance in parallel to my main gig automatically when starting GP?
- I also found a discussion about this, but no real solution / more a workaround: I have a Arturia KeyLab MkII 61 which has a nice interaction with the plugins (LCD screen, LEDs). However I was not able to enable this in GP. I am able to route the two KeyLab MIDI Ports (MIDI+DAW) to the Plugin (e.g. MINI V) The Plugin reacts to the preset navigation etc., OK. However there’s no way back to provide the display output, as there is no MIDI output of the Instrument Plugin widget which I can route back to the MIDI input (output) of the KeyLab to show the parameters, preset names etc.?
In MS or Logic Pro this is more or less working out of the box.
How can I get MIDI messages from an AU/VST plugin to a pyhsical MIDI output?
End of day one.
Looks promising so far. I know that I have to think about different solutions to design my perosnal setup, as Mainstage follows a different approach. So I need to learn a lot more. But GP seems to bring me exactly the features I’m missing in MS
More in the next days