Hello everyone and compliments of the season!
So, I'm just looking for advice and thoughts really.
I have a 2015 macbook pro 2.7 GHz with 8 gig ram running OSX Hi Sierra (10.13.6) and Logic 10.1.1
I have managed to build up a number of VI libraries (Cube standard, Orch Str full, App Strings full, Dim String 1 full) and would like to be able to access all of them fairly quickly.
So I built a big template using VEP7 with separate instances for App Strings/harps, Solo/Orch/Chamber Strings, Dim violins/violas, Dim celli/basses, 2 Woodwind instances, 2 brass instances and 2 percussion instances.
Problem is, when I load the corresponding tracks template in Logic, it practically seizes up straight away.
After pressing "play" about 6 times I finally get to play or record without the dreaded "Audio engine cannot process all the info in time" type message.
And this is with all the samples from the template unloaded by VEP7.
So my thought was to freeze multiple tracks which of course means that I'm freezing an entire instance as the logic tracks are multi-timbral. So one freeze affects all the tracks corresponding to that Multi instrument.
SO... next thought was to save each multi timbral track as a preset in the logic library so rather than making many templates of increasing size in VEP7 I could simply launch VEP7, launch logic then choose, for instance orchestral string and percussion 1 say.
However, I've subsequently found out that Logic will not save a preset as a multitimbral instrument.
You can save it as a summing stack, but when recalled, it's lost it's multi-timbrality and has replaced each track with a different increasing instrument number.
So the only way around it would be to, every time I recall an instance of VEP7, spend frustrating time re-assigning and naming each track of the multi timbral instrument to the instance. Which defeats the purpose of having a preset.
SO... I then started just using one instance of VIpro2 per logic track and started saving sections and individual instruments in the Logic presets library.
Which works and is quick, and means that I can freeze track by track so as to conserve CPU power and RAM as I need it
BUT means of course that I'm not using VEP7 which is a shame as I like it and want to have use of the plugins etc should I need them, especially the EQ with all the presets.
The only workaround to this I've discovered is to set up, say, one instance of Orch strings for example, with the corresponding multi-timbral tracks on logic, then save that as a project. Then import the project into what ever current project I'm working on from the Logic browser.
Which works, if a little inelegantly, BUT still doesn't enable me to freeze individual tracks.
SO..... any advice or thoughts from anyone would be much appreciated.
Am I better of just leaving VEP7 for the time being until I have maybe a 2nd slave PC or a much better newer Mac?
And is running VEP on a single machine a waste of time and resources?
Would love to hear other's experiences and thoughts on any of this.
I'd actually like to get on with making some music at some point :)