I was reading another forum post where Bad Mister mention an option in Cubase Pro, adding MODX as an external instrument
and use it as a VSTi.
Since I'm using Cubase Pro, I thought I should give it a try. If I understand it correctly, this would let me add external effects before printing the midi as audio and also let me use the audio mixdown feature instead of manual record every midi track to audio recording process which can be quite time consuming.
I added the MODX as an External Instrument in Cubase and assigned the Yamaha Steinberg USB ASIO driver as Audio Device and the audio ports. I also created a new midi device. There was an option to import a MODX instrument definition file, but I dont have that and not really sure if it exist one?
After that I was able to find MODX in the VST Plug-In-Manager and I could create an Instrument track in Cubase, select the MODX and record some notes.
So far so good, but I noticed that when I did an audio mixdown, I got a message telling me that an external plug-in is used and the mixdown must be done in realtime, which took the same time as recording an audio track the traditional way.
Also I could hear some slight difference in sound comparing a midi track vs the instrument track using the exact same midi data on both tracks. I didn't use any effects or eq on the instrument track so I thought they would sound identical. When I record from midi to audio the traditional way, the result sounds identical, at least to my ears
So did I configure everything the right way or should I have done something different?
Update. Found a post over at Motifator (perhaps by Bad Mister?)
"Because the XS is a Hardware synthesizer and external to the computer, you will notice that rendering will be processed in real time. You can have Cubase 5 add the stereo mixdown to the Audio Pool and as an Audio Track within the Project."
So I guess the same applies for MODX & Cubase 10.5 as well.