Yesterday when using render in place I found a little gem by mistake.
I was under the impression that render in place always needed midi note data sent to the VST instrument for it to work. Turns out that's not the case, works just fine with an empty midi clip. :)
So why is this a good thing?
I have VST instruments and kontakt libraries that have their own internal step sequencer and in playback they synchronize with Cubase. They don't however have any easy or bug-free way of exporting our outputting their internal sequencer data to midi.
The only problem I've found using empty midi clips and render in place is that for some plug-ins (and Kontakt is one of them) the rendered audio starts about 1/4 note late, but that's quickly fixed afterwards. (I have no idea if this is due to Kontakt or the kontakt instruments I'm using, gonna take a closer look at this when I get the time.)