Old 09-17-2020, 05:58 PM   #1
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Not sure this is the right place to ask my questions but here goes.
I have Kontakt 5 installed on my computer.

I have Session Horns Chris Hein Horns, basis, some Indiginus things and most recently EW Composer Cloud. Also EZ Drummer. I can load everything via Kontakt except EZ Drummer and EW Composer Cloud.

I need help to understand how to load more than one instrument at a time. I don't understand how to route the instruments to other midi channels. If I choose not to load all the midi tracks I'm ok but I'd like to be able to work with more than one instrument at a time.

I'm not sure if I've stated my problem correctly because I don't have much experience with midi and it's lingo. Should someone choose to try and help me you should know that I may not understand at first so please have patience. I'm also willing to look for help elsewhere, I just don't know where to look.

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Old 09-17-2020, 09:51 PM   #2
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There are lots of ways to "load multiple instruments":
- multiple within a single Kontakt instance
- multiple VSTis in a single track
- using multiple tracks.

depending on what you want to accomplish (e.g. live playing, Midi composing, ...) different ways might be viable.
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Thanks Michael. I looking to only record with the instruments. I'd be satisfied with any of the ways to load them. Preferably the easiest one. Could you point me in a direction that would help me with one of those ways?

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No idea what you mean by "recording with instruments".

Multiple VSTs in a single track is a bit more trick than the others.

So you should try out those two.
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This is the simplest way to get started:
(a) right-click in the Track Control Panel (TCP) area below any existing tracks,
(b) select "Insert virtual instrument on new track",
(c) select the VSTi,
(d) click [Yes] on the "Build Routing confirmation" window; that will create tracks for all of the audio outputs from the VSTi,
(e) open the FX window for the VSTi track (click the [fx] button),
(f) select [Options] >> "Build 16 channel of MIDI routing to this track",
(g) disable RecArm on the VSTi track,
(h) if Input Monitoring is Off for the "MIDI" tracks, select them all and turn it on (and turn it on in Preferences >> Track / Send Defaults >> Record config, for future use).
Now you will have 16 tracks sending MIDI (on channels 01 ... 16 respectively) to the VSTi and several tracks for the audio outputs from the VSTi. If you do not need separate MIDI input tracks, omit steps (e) ... (h)

Within the VSTi, load your instruments and set the routing for each one - receiving MIDI on a particular MIDI channel AND sending its audio to a particular audio output pair; depending on the VSTi you may need to do some additional configuration work within the VSTi itself (e.g. to create / enable the output channels).

Back in Reaper, name your MIDI tracks for their destination instruments and add the MIDI. Name the audio tracks too. Colour the tracks as you wish. SAVE them all as a Track Template.

Here's a pic of the routing using Kontakt 4; Kontakt 6 has the same approach:

K4: >>> https://i.imgur.com/NsTdg0G.png
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