SX Fx Loops
Create four Mono
tracks and name them AUX 1, Aux 2, Aux 3, and Aux 4. Bring up the SX
Channel Mixer 1 and pan each track left (AUX 1), right (AUX 2), left
(AUX 3), right (AUX 4). Then arm all tracks ready for recording.
Next, you will need to activate your Sub-Groups to allow
the input signal to flow via the RPC-1 outputs to the VS-2480. Go to
Devices, open up the SX Outputs (F4), and activate the first 4
subgroups. Go back to Devices and open the SX Inputs (F5). As in the
following screen capture, activate the first four Inputs (2 stereo in
To make life easier, bring up the Track Mixer (F3) and
name them AUX1, 2, 3 and 4. Remembering to arm each AUX track you will
AUX 1 is assigned to BUS 1 (Master), AUX 2 to BUS 2, AUX
3 to BUS 3, and AUX 4 to BUS 4. This merely dictates that the chosen
BUSes will travel back to the VS-2480 via the RPC-1 channels. The AUX
sends from the 2480 reaches SX as mono signals, but are returned in
stereo. To understand this more clearly, BUS 1 returns on RPC-1 channels
1 & 2, BUS 2 on 3 & 4, BUS 3 on 5 & 6, and BUS 4 on 7 &
8. You can of course send 4 mono sends as above, or indeed 2 stereo
sends, 8 mono or 4 stereo too!
The next thing you need to do is to open the Device
Setup panel and arrange your setting as in the next diagram. The
important thing to note here, is that the Direct Monitoring is turned
off (not on as in the diagram below). This will allow the incoming
signals coming from the 2480 (AUX Sends) to travel to the designated AUX
track and carry on via the SX subgroups to the 2480 (Returns). To avoid
"flanging" remember to turn off the MIX on your send channels.
Now go to Transport/Sync Setup and use the same settings
as below. I am using a Midiman 2 x 2 for my MTC, but this is purely a
matter of choice. Choose your own main Midi unit, or of course the
RPC-1's own Midi Channel.
Choosing any of the AUX tracks in SX, bring up the
channel and choose an effect for that channels Insert. The following
screen capture shows us that AUX 1 (track 1) is using Reverb at its
Cubase SX is now ready to receive any of your AUX
signals and relay them back to your VS-2480. With the above setup, we
are now syncing SX 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 1/2 & 3/4 outputs to your R-BUS outputs 1/2
Attach your R-BUS inputs (VS-2480 EZ Routing) to your
Mixer Channels 1 - 8. These can be stereo returns (Channel Link for
Check that your AUX master send faders are at 0dB, as well as your
Mixer Channel input faders 1 - 8. On my VS-2480, Track 14 is my snare
drum, and I want to send it to SX for a special reverb effect. To do
this, I merely open up the AUX 1 on that channel. This sends the snare
drum along the AUX 1 master to the R-BUS Output (1), and into my SX
Channel 1. It then gets processed by the Channel 1 Insert (Reverb), and
is then returned to my VS-2480 Input Channels 1 & 2, which are
stereo paired and sent to the Master Bus! Via EZ Routing, this is
achieved by simply dragging the R-BUS1 Inputs to your 2480 Channel
Inputs 1 - 8.
If like me, you are also running 2 internal FX cards on the VS-2480,
then merely substitute the above for AUX Sends 5 - 8, returning them on
whatever channels you want: (1 - 8, 9 - 16 or 17 - 24)
That's it! If you have followed my directions carefully, you should
now be running your VS-2480 AUX Sends to SX, and entering the realms of
Digital RPC-1 FX Sends and Returns!