This Anvil Studio add-on enhances the free version of Anvil Studio, allowing it to:
- Load 3rd-party VST effects and VST-Instrument (software synthesizers).
- Connect each Instrument track to a different VST-Instrument.
- Connect each Instrument track to a different MIDI Out port, so a single song can be played on several synthesizers.
- Use the low-latency ASIO drivers.
- Gradually decrease the volume of a track at the end of a song, creating the effect of a moving fader for fade-in or fade-out.
- Edit the values of any MIDI controllers such as Modulation, Tempo, Pan position.
- Sustain, and Volume over time.
- Edit an audio track's Pan position and Volume over time.
- Edit values of VST parameters over time.
- Use Automation to capture the position of faders and VST dials as you play / mix the song, and then use those changes every time the song is played.
- Use the ReWire standard for transferring audio data between Anvil Studio and other programs in real time. ReWire acts like a cable that streams audio from one program into another.
- Create your own Patch Libraries that describe your synthesizer's patch names, controller names, and drum names.
- Load Instrument Definition (.INS) files that describe your synthesizer's patch names, controller names, and drum names.
- Add any number of routing commands that cause MIDI events received from any MIDI In port to get routed to any MIDI Out port or VST-Instrument port. This can be useful during either a recording session or live performance.
For example, you could use the Pro-Mix accessory to:
- Edit a song's tempo map. This lets you add expression to your song by causing different passages to play back at different tempos.
- Gradually increase the volume of a track at the start of a song, creating the effect of moving faders.
- Gradually decrease the volume of a track at the end of a song.
- Gradually shift the Panpot (left-to-right stereo balance) of a MIDI or Audio track.
- Control modulation effects for over a MIDI guitar track.
All changes made with this accessory are non-destructive, that is, they do not modify the original sound. This means you can experiment, and then get back to the original sound if you don't like the change.
This accessory adds the following to Anvil Studio's user interface:
- View / Mixer Automation menu.
- View / Track Automation menu.
- MIDI Effects note properties popup menu.
- The Auto Play, Auto Write, Auto Touch, and Auto Latch dropdown.
You can use this screen to adjust faders, VST parameters, and other audio and MIDI parameters automatically while a song is playing, just like using mixing console that remembers your changes. Change the Auto Play field near the top of the screen to one of these values:
- Auto Off: plays the song without using any saved control values, so you can hear how the song sounds in its raw form.
- Auto Play: plays the song using saved automation values.
- Auto Write: records all changes to controller sliders and dials while playing the song. When the song stops in this mode, it automatically changes to Auto Touch mode so you will not accidentally overwrite existing saved data.
- Auto Touch: is the same as Auto Write mode, but it starts recording changes to parameters as soon as the mouse button goes down on a control, and stops recording the values as soon as the mouse button is released.
- Auto Latch: is the same as Auto Touch mode, but once it starts recording controller changes, it continues to until the song is stopped.