After 30 years I have restarted my “Keyboard Hobby” and looked around for a good setup with focus on ePianos and Synth. I decided to go with a Mac based Virtual Instrument solution based on GigPerformer.
GigPerformer is a great solution - in the first moment a bit unusual, but as soon as you understand the concept it wonderful.
As Midi controller I’m using a Studiologic SL 88 Grand with a Studiologic Mixface. Basics are no problem: eg playing a synth or Piano, using widget from GP and so on. Perfect.
My problem is the overall set-up structure:
There are 4 zones within SL 88 and for each zone you can assign all the knobs and sliders from Mixface. You can store around 100 set-ups of the zones incl individual mixface set-ups. You can trigger the selection of a SL88 set-up via midi PCs. Then there is also RigMgr within GP assigning the midi controls to GP widgets …
I’m lost due to all the different options and ways to assign a SW Synth or ePiano with the Rackspace the corresponding widgets and the SL zone / layer and the SL Mixface knobs and sliders.
EG i have now set-up 4 basic zones within the SL (one for Piano, one for ePiano, one for Synth, one for Organ) with focus on basic parameters like midi channel, aftertouch y/n or velocity. All other parameters like split or layers are handled within GigPerformer. So I’m not using the 99 possible set-ups within the SL88. So within every Rackspace i have 4 midi channels related to the 4 zones on the SL 88 and can use / assign them with GP to different VSTs. But how should i handle the sliders and knobs from the Mixface: define individual names for each zone or use only one general set-up and do the rest within GP ?
I’m looking for something like a best practice or an example to handle such a set-up in an easy and flexible way.
So any help and hints are welcome