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Running Plugins & Pro Tools® on Soundcraft Vi Series Consoles

You thought it was only possible to run Plugin FX and record to Pro Tools on one make of console? Think again! In fact it's really easy to add the capability to run plugins on the Soundcraft Vi Series consoles, and/or to get a 'Virtual Soundcheck' or show archiving capability, using either ProTools or any other multitrack hard disk recording software. Due to the popularity of a certain US-designed range of live consoles over the last couple of years, there has been an upsurge in interest among sound engineers - including Vi users - in the capability to use their own choice of exotic Plugin effects processing to augment the high-quality Lexicon reverb and delay effects and dynamics processing that are already built into the Vi consoles.

Guide to running Plugins & ProTools

This guide explains how to use hardware from RME, and software from highly respected plugin manufacturer, Waves, to add plugins to any Vi console.

With the same hardware, you can also add the Virtual Soundcheck capability, which depending on the processing power and processor speed of your host computer, can be run at the same time as a limited number of plugins.

Most of the steps described in this guide are also applicable to the Soundcraft Si1/2/3 (and Si1+, Si2+, and Si3+) and Soundcraft Si Compact range of consoles if an optional optical MADI card is fitted, with the exception that plugins cannot be set up as Insert FX on these consoles.

Table of content:
Hardware Requirements
Software Requirements - Plugins
Software Requirements - Recording/Virtual Soundcheck
Connecting Up - Vi2/4/6
Connecting Up - Vi1
Setting up the console for Plugins
Setting up the console for recording/Virtual Soundcheck

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