As I’ve implemented Cantabile/VSTis more into multiple bands/shows, I’ve found there is a feature I really miss, or perhaps I just haven’t found it.
My setup consists of a “basic” 88 key piano board and a “knobby” upper board. I currently alternate between a Nektar Panorama P4 and an Arturia KeyLab 49 Mk2. They are programmed approximately the same way for convenience, I keep one in the studio and one in a flightcase.
I always have three or four faders set up for level control of my various sounds, this is fairly easy to remember as I’m consistent on the leftmost fader being the bottom keyboard et cetera. But I also need “variable” controls, for instance an autopan control on my Rhodes, a resonance and filter control on a synth, a delay mix control. I don’t have enough knobs to always keep this consistent and dedicate one control for one thing. I know that this is not a problem for Cantabile and I can map per patch. But I would really like some kind of visible software layer between the synth/plugin and my controller. The bindings screen gets messy very quickly and is hidden most of the time. It’s really hard to keep track of what controls what. In (don’t hit me) MainStage you draw these controllers on screen that you can then assign to a source and a parameter. Something like that would really help. Ideally they would also remember and show their position per patch as my controllers have encoders, not potmeters, but I think this might be impossible from the midi control protocol.
How does everyone else solve this?