I agree that the low latency achieved by not using software monitoring is important, which is why I don't use software monitoring either. Are there any important Logic functions that needs software monitoring enabled to work properly? If not - why is software monitoring the default setting when direct monitoring is so much better?
Of course - without software monitoring, Logic's faders, mute buttons and pan knobs won't currently control the level and pan position of the dry signal, but that is because there isn't any protocol that allows Logic to control the dry signal (or there is a protocol, but it isn't used by Logic). I find this frustrating, not only because I don't want to be dependent on a hardware mixer, but because controlling the dry signal this way was possible using ASIO2's "Direct Monitoring" in OS 9 and Windows years ago. I also believe Digital Performer can do this today (at least with MoTu hardware?).
Originally Posted by Beardhead
For me it has always been out of question to use software monitoring. If you have to use effects on the cans, use outboard gear. It's a no go to influence the musical source in a bad way!
The only outboard gear I've kept is stuff like high-end preamps – no Lexicon reverbs in my rack anymore. Since I still can use software reverbs (although not as inserts) that isn't a real problem other than that it's a real pain to have to use workarounds to make reverbs on auxes work in real time.
Originally Posted by Geosync
When used together, (or with Cubase 4) you can actually monitor wet (DAW) or dry (direct) on an input by input basis. I am really excited about this baby.
What if you want to not only switch between direct and software monitoring pr. track, but also control pan and fader position for the dry signal? Can this be done from Cubase? That would be great, especially if this is done using a standard Logic also can use.