Accessing the MIDI output of a VST plug-in

  • Live Versions: 4 - 10
  • Operating System: All

Certain VST plug-ins generate MIDI which can be used in other Live tracks. For example you could use a plug-in's arpeggiator to drive other devices/plug-ins.

  1. Load a VST plug-in into a MIDI track.
  2. Create another MIDI track.
  3. In the Input Type chooser (“MIDI From”) of the new track, select the track containing the VST plug-in.
  4. In the (lower) Input Channel chooser, select the VST plug-in.
  5. Set the monitor to "In".


In case you want to route the MIDI signal back into the plug-in, do the following (this can be used for example to record the MIDI output of Native Instruments Maschine):

  1. In the Output Type chooser (“MIDI To”), again select the track containing the VST plug-in.
  2. In the (lower) Output Channel chooser, select the appropriate plug-in MIDI channel.
  3. Use this MIDI track to record the MIDI output of the plug-in.
  4. Create more MIDI tracks to send MIDI data to different MIDI channels.

Video Tutorial (Maschine)

Here's a video tutorial describing this setup with Native Instrument's Maschine as an example.

AU MIDI out not available

Please note that the Audio Unit (AU) plug-in standard does not support a direct MIDI out.