Since VST and DXi instruments are audio sounds as opposed to being midi, is it feasable to export a song to wav or do you still have to record the whole song into your DAW as an audio file and then export as a wav??
I am a little confused as to what your question is, so I will try to answer it as best I can. I think you may be confused about what VSTi's are and how they can be used.
VSTi's or virtual studio instruments are both
audio sounds and midi data. For instance you could play the B4 (excellent B3 btw) and record the audio output from your soundcard as you would any other audio sound. This would be using the VSTi in a "stand alone" application....Or, In Cubase you open up one of your VSTi's and it is automatically routed to a channel on your Cubase mixer. There you can add FX/Panning/automation or whatever.
Once you hit record the sounds are then recorded as midi data also. From there you have a whole host of midi editing options at your fingertips.
The VSTi's can be very CPU hungry so once the midi track is done, I useally export
the track as an audio/wav file. It works great for me. The exported midi track pops up as a WAV file in the exact same spot in the song or arrangement as the midi track used to be...cool.
A great resource for VSTi info is http://www.kvr-vst.com/
The site is updated almost daily and has a lot of "free" VSTi's available for download.
You may want to move this over to OPUS 2000's
Forum...Or maybe Nate T. IDK? They may be able to splain it better than I.
"Once the midi data is changed to a vst or dxi instrument, you can then export it as a wav?! No more recording needs to be done?"
To answer your last question, dwalmz...yes.
The VSTi track can easily be converted to Audio and manipulated as you would any wave file. That is if we are talking about the same thing. I think we are dealing with a fundamental VSTi question, I'm not sure we are on the same page, but I think you can acomplish what you would like to do, which is
"export as a wave".
One question I have for you is, what software are you using as a VSTi host? The software needs to be VSTi ready or compatable.
One thing to do is try it. Here is a really good FREE VST piano. Mess around with it. CakeWalk downloads
Simon is absolutely correct..all you need to do is export the VSTi to a wav file..
no need to re-route the VSTi output to a different app or have to record enable another track for it...if you want to create a wav file for just the VSTi mute all other tracks and export only the VSTi and you can choose to import it into an audio track or audio pool.