[Ardour-Users] (Supposed) MIDI workflow with A3

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Sat Oct 15 03:45:41 PDT 2011

On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 2:47 AM, Nando <nandinga at gmail.com> wrote:
> Yup, I end up having a MIDI track, a bus, and an audio track for each
> external synth (jack or physical module).
> I route them as follows:
> MIDI Kbd --> MIDI track --> Synth --> Audio Bus --> Audio track -->
> Master...
>                                                  \________________/
> There you have the effects on the bus, and you can record everything on the
> audio track to make it easy for the PC to play (disabling the bus
> and MIDI track afterwards).

its not clear to me that the bus is that necessary or useful. you can
put the FX in the track itself.

> What if we create a new LV2 plug-in that is a wrapper for external synths?
> I know Ardour3 can take LV2 virtual instruments like Calf Organ, which have
> a MIDI input (you put them on MIDI tracks) and have audio output, making the
> track behave as an audio track. The new plug-in would route its MIDI input
> to a jack port, and will have a jack audio input port to bring the synth
> output back into the Ardour track.

Its called an "Insert" and its existed in Ardour since the dawn of
time. Whether it correctly handles sending MIDI and receiving audio is
a different question.

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