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Can I use VSTs from my PC as Aux Sends on my hardware mixer? DAW Software
Old 18th September 2011
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Can I use VSTs from my PC as Aux Sends on my hardware mixer?

Is this possible. How would I do it?

I love mixing down in hardware. Cant beat the tactile hand on approach. But I also appreciate the flexibility of VST fx.

How do I get the best of both worlds and use my VST fx as Aux Sends.

I use Ableton Live 8
Old 18th September 2011
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You might want to set up a second computer for your FX. A simple 8 channel sound card allowing low latency and midi sync (to automate your FX returns if needed) would be an option.
Of course you´ll be restricted to certain FX because of the latency. If you have access to an older computer, then just give it a try and see if this is the kind of workflow you are looking for.
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Will it not be possible to just use one PC.

I was hoping the sends I usually use within my DAW could be applied to my new HW mixer. IE actually send the sends
Old 18th September 2011
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You could-assuming your machine is fast enough to run with a really low buffer (say 32-64 samples), but your plug in (time based) FX are likely not better than relatively cheap hardware. Different.

But, you just set up input channels from your analog aux sends in the app...insert your, say reverb...and make sure you're monitoring via software and not direct monitoring.
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