This piece was written purely as a way to help me get to grips with a completely new music production workflow. With a new Komplete Kontrol S61 (which is fantastic) comes the need for a more MIDI-aware DAW; I’m trialling Cockos Reaper as it seems to be feature rich and reasonably priced. I don’t imagine I’ll leave OpenMPT entirely — I’ve been using it for over a decade now, and it’s ingrained in my muscle memory.
I’m still struggling with getting routing working the way I want in Reaper. It’s really easy to create 16 MIDI channels for a VSTi like Kontakt, and easy to map plugin outputs to separate outputs, but I can’t for the life of me work out how to have a MIDI input track also function as one of the outputs. I want to do this so that I can set up an output for each instrument in Kontakt, allowing me to use a single Kontakt instance to save on RAM and CPU cycles, and not have a thousand-and-three tracks to manage. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know!
This piece is performed “live” — the MIDI events for the drums, guitar, piano, bass, and strings are all recorded directly from the Kontrol (and tweaked slightly); I’m trying to find the best way of rapidly getting music down. It’s made a little more complex by the fact that I don’t have the world’s largest desk, so using the keyboard and mouse is now somewhat uncomfortable.
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Waltz in C Minor by Barry van Oudtshoorn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
If you’re interested in using any of my music in your games, videos, or other multimedia productions, let me know!