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sjp 04-03-2012 10:50 PM

Disadvantage to running N3 as AU plugin in Ableton?
 
Hi guys me again ;)

If im only using N3 as a sequncer to run VST's or hardware through Ableton and not to process or trigger audio in N3. Is there a disadvantage to running N3 as an AU in Ableton?

thanks and sorry for the questions im a N3 noob....

jim 04-03-2012 11:23 PM

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Originally Posted by sjp (Post 9124)
Hi guys me again ;)

If im only using N3 as a sequncer to run VST's or hardware through Ableton and not to process or trigger audio in N3. Is there a disadvantage to running N3 as an AU in Ableton?

thanks and sorry for the questions im a N3 noob....

No worries... The answer is that even though MIDI routing with the AU is a bit simpler, the VST has better MIDI timing. This is due to Ableton supporting MIDI output from VSTs but not from AUs (so the AU has to do a round-trip through the OS X MIDI Server).

Cheers,
Jim

Per Boysen 04-04-2012 04:56 AM

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Originally Posted by jim (Post 9126)
No worries... The answer is that even though MIDI routing with the AU is a bit simpler, the VST has better MIDI timing. This is due to Ableton supporting MIDI output from VSTs but not from AUs (so the AU has to do a round-trip through the OS X MIDI Server).

I love to hear that! Didn't know actually, but I've been using the AU and found that the timing through the OS X IAC is delayed. Luckily it is delayed by a fixed amount so if there is just one note in a recorded MIDI track that you know should be on a downbeat you can always select all events and nudge them in place for perfect timing. But that only works if you record the (AU produced) MIDI first, not for a live performance rig.

With the new i7 MBPs I don't feel that I have to use Mainstage for CPU saving reasons so I'm looking forward to use Num VST in Live driving third-party instruments like Alchemy and Arturia's Moog Modular.


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