Need Recommendation: Live VSTi Host For Win 7 Laptop

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by Suntower, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. Suntower

    Suntower Active Member


    I recently bought a Win7 laptop for home use. I'm going to try to re-purpose it for use as a 'Rompler'... to replace my Korg and Ensoniq Keyboard WS which are getting ready to die.

    I don't need a lot of sequencing... I just need to switch patches quickly. So this is meant to be not much more than a glorified multi-preset keyboard.

    I've checked that the laptop is audio-ready. I'm about to go get a USB audio interface, but before I do I want to figure out a hosting solution.

    I have licenses for Cubase, Halion, everything from NI and Arturia so I have all the VSTis I need.

    So this brings up the next phase: HOST and PATCH SELECTION. What I want/need is a way to load the sounds and switch patches quickly for a set list. I was thinking that I could just use Cubase, create a 'template' song with a couple of common VSTis as separate tracks (Piano, Organ, etc.) and in some way 'click' to switch between tracks after each song.


    Once I have that methodology down, I can then go pick out an interface and test how well this all works.

    One thing a kid @ GC said (which may or may not be true) is that Ableton Live and Reason both have facilities to do pretty much exactly this---since they are more oriented towards live performance.



  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    I'd have to go with Live as well. It is designed for "performance".
  3. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Here's Imogen Heap using Live(along with some pertinent hardware) on the David Letterman show.

  4. Suntower

    Suntower Active Member

    I saw her. Yeah that looks like what I need. But $300 is a bit rich considering I'm trying to do a 'low-budget' deal. I have licences for Cubase and was hoping to make -that- work.

    Or perhaps the $99 Live 'Intro' version would work?

    Other 'hosts'? I really don't need it to do much other than load and select patches quickly (and reliably). There's gotta be -something- like that, right? Right? :D



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