My primary set list in C4 holds a “basket of instruments”, not a list of songs. Each C4 song renders my Wind Synth (Sylphyo), and a few other controllers such as a Drum Pad, as a different sound. I’ve also got talk and play mics (play mic for the occasional acoustic flutes I use), and several control surfaces (Faderfox EC4, Launchpad Mini). Control of all this is rather gnarly, so I’ve wrapped the machinery in one [Rig] rack.
My template song looks like:
So … no, I do not have any plugins to replace. I need to add them after I instantiate a new song file (by Save Song As …).
A song file for playing my Sylphyo through a cello sound and my drum pad through a Swiss Hang sound is:
A special case is an external hardware synth, such as the VL70-m. This is much more complex, since I use direct monitoring (to reduce latency) and this requires simultaneous control of C4 and the audio interface (RME), which is uber-gnarly (requiring custom control curves, so that C4’s volume displays match that of the RME’s … see Dual Mixing for Low Latency / Direct Monitoring.
My Base song file for a VL70 sound is:
I’m not sure why to use the wiring view vs the routing one? Does it make it easier to add effects?
I think we tend to start working in a certain way (wiring view was the default when I started with C3 2.1 years ago) and that still feels most natural to me now … It is certainly harder to control things, but still great for an overview for me …