to setup EWQLSO Platinum (PRO)
easy realtime mixing in Cubase
This tutorial was made using Cubase 4 Studio
My name is Piotr Musia³ and I welcome You to my first tutorial!
finally got some time to experiment with Cubase 4 (Studio) and EWQLSO
Platinum Pro library searching for an easy way to organize lots of
instruments, using all 3 mic positions, that we all know are so great
in Platinum, but sometimes so hard to organize and mix.
of you probably wondered how to bite it? Having a lot of
Kompakt/Kontakt instruments loaded with lots of different patches,
and a hundred of audio channels does not make our mixing easy, often
bringing you a headache.
got tired a bit of this, and being not able to easy change
proportions between mic's in whole sections. For example, you find
strings too wet, and want to add touch of C mics or take S mics off a
little bit - the whole section in realtime instead of modifying
values and moving knobs on Kompakt/Kontakt interface for each
instrument. Can this be done easier way? Sure, why not!
do we do it?
if you already know, then congratulations, good for you! If you
don't, we'll have it figured out step by step creating a simple
create a new project, load for example 2 Kompakt players (I believe
you can do pretty much the same in Kontakt, probably even easier) of
Platinum Strings. Load each one with a multi. I used 18V Spiccato RR
x4 and 11V Spiccato 2 RR x6, just as an example.
couple of notes for each instrument, so we could later check if
everything is going according to plan.
all outputs for your Kompakt/Kontakt instruments
let's set different audio outputs for each mic, ie.:
- 1/2 for C (Close)
- 3/4 for F (Stage)
- 5/6 for S (Surround)
so with all instruments in the Strings section.
way our Kompakt/Kontakt is now routing all mics to different outputs,
not mixing them to a single one. (and we had to activate all outputs
for our Kompakt/Kontakt at VST Instruments list, so we could hear all
we can now see each Kompakt playing on 3 channels (IMG 5), but what
use Cubase's cool feature called Group Channel Tracks. Create 4 Group
Channel Tracks, and name it (for example):
- F Strings
- S Strings
- ALL Strings
if you wish to keep it organized, you can put C, F and S into a
separate Folder Track as I did.
let's route all C mics of all Kompakts/Kontakts to our brand new,
shiny "C Strings" Group Channel
F mics to "F Strings" Channel, then S mics to "S
will now group all C, F and S of the whole section on separate audio
channels, and you can now easly change volume and add effects to all
mics of the whole section separately. Great!
can find them in the mixer (press F3) scrolling it to the right.
Basicaly, we are done, but why not to make our life easier even more?
created another one Group Channel, called "ALL Strings".
say, you want to be able to change volume of the whole section,
keeping the proportion between them untouched. Sure, you can open up
a mixer (F3), mark these 3 group channels and link them (right click
- link channels).
make it even easier leaving C, F and S still unlinked - let's route
their output to our "ALL Strings" Group
it. See how it makes your mixing more comfortable and organized.
free to modify some of these steps, rename tracks, color them, put
into folders, change number of instruments in each Kompakt/Kontakt,
add automation route more instruments to different group tracks. You
can apply this tip to all sections, still keeping the possibility to
modify each instrument separately and put automation as well.
to keep it all simple and clear enough. It's supposed to make things
less complicated :)
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