Originally Posted by mwvm
Thanks for this. Much appreciated.
I think the sl will at least improve my current setup.
A typical song i make is mainly audio. 16 tracks of audio, 4-6 vstis but i do rely on vst fxs alor and i've never mapped fx in the past. I'll also rewire reason and ableton. (i use simplerand some reason synths)
all the midi is done in cubase. If i map common vstis and vsts plus the reason/ableton stuff how problematic will this be?
Mackie is too expensive btw
it actually maps quite well in cubase so I hear. Reason also works well.
my advice is, the Automap default for any plugin will be laid out based on the plug-ins sequence.. this means if ana Automap wrapped plug-in button is presented to Automap as 1 and a knob as 2. you might get a button and a knob on the SL, both mapped to knobs.
basically, it will likely be wrong because the plug-in maker hasn't tried to cater for any particular controller. so my advice is, look at the Automap server application and select (clear all controls). this will empty that plug-in.
then map your own. just try a couple first.
then select (set as default for this client).
always do this when you make any changes.
Then do a save as in Automap client at some point. make a sub folder called My Automap assignments. and just call it what the plugin is called with a 01 at the end. then next time you do that, raise it to 02 03 etc.
this way you have full backward saved history.
that (My Automap assignments) is your critical information. you don't want to have to do any remapping again. this is how you avoid having to.
don't install anything till you watch through the videos and understand what you need to do.
don't rush it. also consider paying extra for the Automap Pro version .. it's worth it for the extra functionality.
also contact them to ask the most reliable and stable version for your system.. then stick with that as long as you can.
don't upgrade it unless you are sure the one you upgrade to is stable. if you use a USB HUB, use a Belkin 4 port HUB.
the SL wants proper consistent 500ma at 5V power.. the Belkins give you that.
also get a few right angled USB cables like these. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5ft-USB-2-...item4ab19f1c9a
you'll be glad you did.
even if I no longer used an SL for Automap, I wouldn't sell it.. because it does a bunch of other important things in stand alone. which a C4 won't do .. nothing wrong with a C4, but it's a different beast.