So years ago I picked up VEP 4 and never really used it; didn't end up needing it for the intended use case. Fast forward to now, I've recently built a Proxmox VM Server and plan on putting two 2TB NVME drives in it (maybe putting them in RAID 0), and serving (I guess) both an SMB share and drive on a Windows based VM over a 10G network. My studio computer is also set for 10G networking already. The server is equipped with a Threadripper 3960x and 64GB of Ram, but if I move forward with this project, will add 32GB more to it.
I'm considering putting VEP 7 on a VM instance. What I'd like to know however is how do you all manage your workflows?
I've seen a couple videos stating that they make their templates where they reserve VEP for instruments that don't need any customization (which I kind of question how you determine this really since I sort of modify everything), and add the highly customized instruments (say certain synths) to the native DAW. Other videos have everything including highly modified instruments within VEP entirely.
Some questions I'd like answered before I can make a purchase decision to upgrade:
If you do make a base template, modify it for a particular song, and start a new song, do you have to reload ALL the instruments again when going back to a base template?
Some of the videos I saw save their custom version of their base template with the project separately. If this is you, how do you track/document that a certain project has a custom template attached to it?
I'm not entirely sure how preserve or decouple work, but am I right to assume that say you have a template that includes say your regular orchestra and custom synths particular to a project, that you can decouple the orchestra and preserve or save the synths with the DAW project? How might that work on recall?