I've never really bothered with a DAW or sequencing in the past, but I'm trying to figure this out now, and have some questions about the best way to handle certain aspects of this so far as the Virus Control is concerned.
I imagine the DAW I am using will be relevant to at least some of these questions and their answers, so I'm using Reaper. I know it's not supported, but my friends are all using it, and for that reason it is convenient. I'm also not necessarily asking how to do things for a specific DAW, but rather general advice on how these issues are generally dealt with, and which have DAW specific answers and which do not. This way, I have an idea what questions to ask on the Reaper forums, rather than ask them questions specific to the Virus. Though naturally, if anybody here is familiar with Reaper and could provide specific answers to any of these questions, that would certainly be appreciated.
I have some MIDI tracks from a friend, and I have them playing on the Virus through the DAW. I've noticed that every time I play a track, any patch choices I made within the Virus Control reverts to the original choices; I assume that is due to each track having a patch choice embedded within it somewhere at the start of the MIDI, and the DAW is sending that to the Virus Control along with the notes.
That being the case, I expect I could edit that within the MIDI tracks themselves; however, I would think there is probably a way to be able to pick which patches I want to use through the Virus Control, and have that remain applied to the track; otherwise, it seems to me (maybe wrongly) that there isn't much advantage to being able to pick patches within the Virus Control. So that's the first question - is there a way to setup such behavior through the Virus Control, or is it something that I would have to do via the DAW? Or is it necessary to modify the MIDI data?
Also, if I understand correctly, Multi mode basically stores single patches by value, rather than reference; so if you change them in Multi mode, they don't change in Single mode, and vice versa. The Sequencer mode, which is what is used within the DAW, is the opposite (though I'm not sure it actually stores patch selections, I'm assuming that's the responsibility of the DAW or sequencer rather than the Virus). My question is, say I have a song, and set up patches for the tracks on that song. Then I go off and design sounds a bit, or maybe rearrange them into a different bank or something. When I try to play the song again, it'll have all the wrong sounds, right? So are there any suggestions on dealing with /avoiding such issues? I'd hate to be stuck having to keep certain patches always present in specific locations on the Virus only to avoid this issue.
Another workflow-related question, completely unrelated to DAW/sequencer usage - my previous synths have all had number pads for patch selection, allowing fairly quick switching between patches. They also had far fewer patches than the Virus. Is there a good way to handle switching between patches quickly on the Virus itself, or is it best to use your controller for that purpose?