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Selector by Vague Software is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin.
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Selector is a VST instrument plugin for controlling hardware MIDI synthesizers and other gear that responds to Bank/program change and CC messages.

With Selector you can easily switch Banks and Patches on your hardware synth, and automate it's parameters like Cutoff frequency and Resonance. (Or whatever controls your gear provides!)

Selector provides support for Cakewalk's instrument definition files (*.ins) for virtually any DAW that supports sending MIDI data from a plugin.

Instrument definition file consists of a list of a synth's banks and patches, and also definitions of it's MIDI controllable parameters.

Instrument definition files for various synthesizers are widely available on the internet, and you can easily make them your self.

As a bonus, Selector also supports Note Names, which is super handy for drum patches.

How to use:

  1. Load Selector VST into your DAW as an instrument plugin.
  2. Route Selector plugin to correct MIDI output (See your DAW's instructions how to do this).
  3. Click "Open" on Selector's top left corner, and choose *.ins file for your synth (not provided with the plugin, you must find/create it by your self!).
  4. Use Selector's "Ch" knob to choose the correct MIDI channel.
  5. Use the drop down menus to choose Bank and Patch on your synth. (You can also use the "Bank" and "Program" wheels to do this; it might end up on some happy accidents! :).
  6. The small triangle on bottom right corner provides access to configurable Continuous Control knobs (CC). And there's where the fun begins...

Additional buttons:

MIDI thru: When enabled, incoming MIDI data (from keyboard & controllers) are passed trough Selector to receiving hardware gear.

Trigger CC on PC: Re-sends current CC knob values when synth's patch is changed (by using the drop-down menu or Program wheel).
You can, for example, adjust your synths envelopes to certain state, and check how it sounds with different patches/presets. Or maybe adjust your kick drum's tune to match your song, and test different drum programs while that tune is maintained.

Here's more info about Cakewalk's instrument definition files:
Cakewalk Knowledge Base - Instrument Definitions

Programmed by Joni Huhmarniemi
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Instrument definition file format created by Cakewalk Inc.

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Discussion: Active
24 July 2017 at 6:36am

How to use in Studio One:

1. Place your instrument to track
2. Place instance of Selector plugin to track
3. Set instrument's input to 'Selector'
4. Enable instrument track's monitoring.
5. Make sure all MIDI channel numbers match (in tracks and in plugin)
6. Load *.ins file by clicking 'open...' in Selector plugin

How to use in FL Studio:

1. Insert Selector to channel rack.
2. Set correct MIDI port in plugin settings (the gear wheen icon in top left corner of the plugin window).
3. Set MIDI channel using the "Ch" wheel.
4. Load *.ins file by clicking 'open...' in Selector plugin.

1 January 2018 at 4:00pm

Hi Seccione, .

Does it mean that need to add new instance of Selector plugin for each channel added ?

Meaning I must have instrument+plugin pair for each channel ?




24 November 2017 at 1:42pm

very nice. I will test it this evening. Maybe this is the last thing I missed in S1 tu use my keyboard with the onboard sounds by easily choosing the sound by their names.
Unfortunately it only supports instrument definitions from sonar and not the patch names / scripts from cubase. For cubase I create my own patch scripts as an XML-file. So I have to look for a converter (nothing found yet) or finally I had to create an ins-file by myself again.


22 December 2017 at 9:43pm

I'm trying to get this to work in Samplitude ProX3 Suite. As a Sonar refugee moving to Samplitude this would be so brilliant if it could work.

However, while I can load the banks/patches and can get it to appear as a plugin on an input track, I can't see the VST-Out appear as an input on another track, which I would need to route it to the physical output for the external synth. I've checked that it is ticked in Selector and have tried both the 64 and 32-bit versions.

Almost there .... please help.

29 January 2018 at 8:06pm

Does anyone know of a mac equivalent please?

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