I wanted to get pointed in the right direction as someone fairly new to Cubase (had used Cubase a million years ago and am now trying C7 as my main sequencing software).
I have a considerable amount of external midi gear. I previously would have given each piece a separate midi and audio track. I am trying the external vst instrument route now for those which are stereo. certainly keep things a little cleaner for composing with fewer visible tracks to look at.
That said, I want to better understand the limitation of external vst intruments. In instances where I want to address a synth on multiple midi channels, have some parts quantized and other parts not quantized, or to record different audio passes from that instrument on to separate audio tracks I'm a little stuck. I can do any one of the above on an external vst instrument track. I am not sure if it can be used in a more sophisticated way, or if breaking into separate midi and audio tracks is the solution as obvious as it is. Breaking into separate midi and audio tracks would allow for everything I want to do, so I have a totally acceptable option. I just wanted to understand more about external vst intrument tracks before removing the instruments from my template and making changes in the vst connections in my composing template.
Directing me to a part of the manual that would help me understand practical applications of the external vst instruments for my above usage - which seems like fairly normal usage other than it's not necessarily just a single part per instrument. I don't see a way to duplicate the instrument as I would with a midi track targeting that same synth, so either I'm hitting the limitations of external vst instruments or I don't know how to properly utilize them. Any and all help most appreciated so I can clean up my template and get some composing done.