Accessing the MIDI output of a VST plug-in

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

Live tracks containing VST instrument plug-ins provide a MIDI input but not an audio output. Therefore it's not possible to record the MIDI output of a plug-in in this track directly. This is possible via track routing:

  • Load a VST plug-in into a MIDI track
  • Create another MIDI track
  • In the Input Type chooser (“MIDI From”) of the created track, select the track containing the VST plug-in
  • In the (lower) Input Channel chooser, select the VST plug-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):

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

Additional Information

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.