VST/AU effect routing with the Rane Sixty Eight
Being able to apply VST, AU, and other DAW effects to audio coming from a typical mixer has been a dream for many ever since hearing the amazing sounds such effects can create. This is now possible with the new USB Loop insert on the Sixty Eight.
Note: We do not recommend running Scratch Live and the a DAW program (Ableton, Cubase, Logic, etc) off of the same computer. Not only may you experience driver issues, but using VST, AU, and other DAW effects in this way requires very low latency settings to avoid delay in the audio. Its best to have a dedicated computer for these types of effects.
I'm going to be using Ableton for this article but know this is possible using any DAW (digital audio workstation) and setting it up should generally be the same.
Assuming you have all the correct drivers installed, and your computer is seeing the Sixty Eight, the first thing you want to do is set up your routing options in Ableton.
1. Open Ableton's preference panel by clicking on the Live tab and then 'Preferences' (Mac) or by clicking on the Option tab - Preferences (PC), click the Audio tab, and choose the Sixty Eight as your Input and Output sound device.
2. Click the 'Input Config' tab and turn on 9/10 (Stereo). Press 'OK'.
3. Click the 'Output Config' tab and turn on 9/10 (Stereo). Press 'OK'.
4. From here we'll want to create and setup and Audio track.
If you don't already see an Audio track click on the 'Create' column and choose 'Insert Audio Track'.
5. If the I/O section of the audio track isn't visible click the I/O tab to show the ins and outs of the audio track.
6. Select 'EXT In' in the 'Audio From' area of the audio track you created and then select '9/10' for your external input.
10. Now group the effects together in an Audio Effects Rack by highlighting the effects (hold down the shift key and click on each effect to highlight them at the same time), clicking on the 'Edit' tab, and choosing 'Group'.
11. Click on the show/hide Macro controls tab to open the Macro and then click on the 'map mode' tab.
12. Now locate and click on the wet/dry knobs for each effect and then click on the 'Map' button below Macro 1 to map the wet/dry of each effect to Macro 1. You will need to map one effect at a time.
Once your mapping is done your screen should look like this:
13. Once your done mapping click the 'Map Mode' button to get out of Map Mode.
Now we're ready to midi map some controls on the Sixty Eight to control the effects in Ableton.
14. Open Ableton's preference window and click on the 'Midi/Sync' tab.
15. Turn on 'Track' and 'Remote' in the 'input' section for the Sixty Eight and then close the preference window.
16. Click the Midi tab to put Ableton in 'Midi Mode'.
18. Click on the on/off tab for each effect and map them to a button on the Sixty Eight. I prefer to use the Mic 1 and 2 on/off buttons. This will allow you to turn on/off the different effects in your Effects Rack.
19. Once done, click the Midi tab again to get out of 'Midi Mode'.
Note: You will not hear the effected audio yet.
21. Now your ready to apply the effects to the audio playing into the mixer. To do this your going to first turn on whatever effect your wanting to use in Ableton using the buttons on the Sixty Eight you mapped the on/off of the effects to.
Since I mapped the on/off of the Filter Delay to my Mic 1 on/off button on my Sixty Eight I'm going to want to press the Mic 1 on/off button to turn On the Filter Delay.
Note: If you hear a delay/pop in the audio open Ableton's Audio preferences and lower the Latency Buffer Size.
23. Now turn the knob you mapped Macro 1 to (Level/Depth knob in the FX section) to turn up/down the wet/dry of the effect.
That is it:)