Here is a great way to utilize the
RPC-1 card(s) as a send and return for external FX using Sonar XL. This
can be achieved with any Audio Sequencer. Just make sure that you turn
the software's Input Channel Monitoring on! This allows you to hear the
Aux send signal coming in to the audio track, as well as sending it back
to the VS-2480 selected Input Channel Fader for mixing.
First off, make sure that you are syncing Sonar to the VS-2480. Not
essential, but it will start your audio sequencer for you every time you
press play on the VS-2480.
VS-2480: EZ Routing Screen
Attach your AUX Sends 5/6 & 7/8 outputs to your R-BUS outputs 5/6
Attach your R-BUS inputs to your Mixer Channels 5,6,7 & 8. These
can be stereo sends or returns (Channel Link for stereo), but in this
scenario I am sending my AUX sends as 4 mono sends, and returning them
as mono also, panned center on the VS-2480.
Check that your AUX master send faders are at 0dB, as well as your
Mixer Channel input faders 5 - 8. On my VS-2480, Track 14 is my snare
drum, and I want to send it to my PC audio sequencer for a special
reverb effect. To do this, I merely open up the AUX 5 on that channel.
This sends the snare drum along the AUX 5 master to the R-BUS Output
(5), and into my PC.
In Sonar, I make a new song and call it Aux Sends. I then make 4
tracks and assign them as follows:
Track 1 is named AUX 5, through to Track 4 (AUX 8). Pan each track
accordingly (1L, 2R, 3L, 4R) in Sonar. This will send the track back to
the VS-2480 R-BUS as a mono signal, and will not therefore
"bleed" into its neighboring channel.
For the input routing in Sonar, choose Track 1: Left Roland RPC-1
Multichannel 5/6, Track 2: Right Roland RPC-1 Multichannel 5/6, Track 3:
Left Roland RPC-1 Multichannel 7/8, and Track 4:Right Roland RPC-1
For Output Routing in Sonar, choose Track 1: C (Roland RPC-1
Multichannel 5/6), Track 2: C (Roland RPC-1 Multichannel 5/6, Track 3: D
(Roland RPC-1 Multichannel 7/8, and Track 4: D (Roland RPC-1
Arm Track 1 in the track window, to allow the signal coming from the
VS-2480 to trigger the Track 1 VU meter. Press play on the VS-2480. You
should see the VU signal, although you will not hear anything yet, until
you have selected your tracks as Input Monitoring On. This is done via
the Options/Audio/Input Monitoring tabs in Sonar.
Choose the Roland RPC-1 Multichannel for each of the R-BUS inputs you
require. In this case, it's 5/6 & 7/8. You should now be able to
hear your snare drum.
Now you need to insert a reverb on Track 1, so do that via the FX
rack directly under the Track i/o bars. In other audio sequencers,
simply insert the reverb in the Tracks channel FX insert. You should be
able to hear the dry snare, and the Reverb effect coming in on the
VS-2480 channel 5. Make sure that Channels 5 - 8 are panned center for
Mono signal returns.
That's it! As long as you have followed the above carefully, then
there should be no reason that it fails to work. If you cannot hear the
effect in the designated VS-2480 channel, I suggest that you check for
signal routing, both in your audio sequencer and the VS-2480.