Vienna Ensemble Pro 6 - How to use - Connecting to your DAW

Author: sleepfreaks

Interchanging sounds in Vienna with your DAW

Vienna Ensemble Pro 6

Previously we took a look at the basics and how to open Vienna Ensemble Pro 6.
Here we will take a look at the functions and steps taken when syncing sounds with your DAW.

In order to correctly sync with your DAW, make sure you have a thorough understanding of your DAW’s routing, from MIDI channels to individual outputs.

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Vienna Ensemble Pro 6 – Tutorial article

  1. 1Basics (introduction)
  2. 2Connecting to your DAW
  3. 3Various work flow techniques

Instance tabs and running sounds

First we must prepare a sound in Vienna Ensemble Pro Server.


Click the plus button on the left.

Vienna Ensemble Pro Server

One instance tab will be created.
We will create multiple sounds in this instance tab.

Vienna Ensemble Pro Server

You can add instance tabs by clicking on “+,” and by double clicking on it’s name, you can change it’s name as well.
By separating sounds into types, it will make it easier to conceptualize.

Next we will bring up some sounds.


Select on the tab that you want to add a sound to, and right click on the tracklist area.
From the menu, select 「Insert plugin」→「Plug-Ins」 and open a plugin from 「VST/AU」.


Here we have opened Massive.
We will open other sounds we need at this point in the same instance tab.


By right clicking the track, you can duplicate/delete it.

3 Tracks

In this article we have opened 3 Massive’s in the same instance tab.

Reading an instance tab in your DAW

You can bring up a tab you created in your DAW.


Similar to opening a regular plugin, select 「VSL」→「Vienna Ensemble Pro」.
The three lines on the right symbolize a VST3 plugin type. For most cases, select VST3.

Vienna Ensemble Pro-7

A window like this will open up; select “CONNECT.”

Vienna Ensemble Pro-1

The instance tabs your created will show up; select the one you want to use and click “CONNECT.”
Here we have selected Synth1 that is running Massive.

Vienna Ensemble Pro Server -2

This syncs the DAW track to Vienna, allowing for sound creation.

System preferences for instances

You can select different preferences for your instances.


Latency determines the amount of delay in sound when playing a keyboard.
The smaller the delay-time, the better the play ability, but the heavier the CPU load.

We suggest changing this setting depending on use.

Auto Raise Instance-1

By checking the “Auto Raise Instance” in the preferences, when opening Vienna in your DAW, the setting screen for the sounds will automatically open.

Individual sound settings

You can individually edit the sounds in your instances as well.


  • In the default track, you can control volume.pan for all sounds as a whole.
  • Volume : Adjust each sounds volume individually
  • Pan : Adjust each sounds panning individually
  • Sounds : Allows access to track sounds

This is useful for layering the same phrases with different sounds as well.

Syncing MIDI channel

In the instance above, the MIDI notes played will be played by all sounds.
However, there are times when you want different sounds playing different sequences.

This is done by using a MIDI track and MIDI channel.
The setup is different by DAW, so take a look at the articles below for more detail.

MIDI Track

Create the same number of MIDI tracks as sounds in the instance.


If the sounds being used aren’t multitimbral, they can all use the same port (1).


Match the MIDI track channel and instance MIDI channel.
By doing so, the sequenced MIDI data will reach each sound individually.


When using multitimbral sounds, it is important to make sure the MIDI channels don’t overlap with other sounds.
In this kind of situation we will use a port.

Create a new port for each multitimbral sound as shown above (here we have 2).
By changing a port, you can use up to 1〜16 MIDI channels.


By turning on “MIDI FOCUS,” the sound receiving MIDI data will automatically be shown.
This is very convenient for parameter adjustment.

Individual outputs


In the current settings, all of the sounds are sent through one track on the DAW.
There may be times when you want to use separate outputs for your sounds.

This becomes possible with individual outputs.
The setting is different by DAW, so take a look at the articles below for further details.

For Cubase,


Turn on the same number of outputs for number of tracks.


Change each output to match the activated outputs in Cubase.

For sounds that require multiple outputs in your software (i.e. multitimbral),

Output para-1

click on the “+” button underneath the track name in the mixer window.
The track will be expanded; setup the outputs to match with the activated outputs in Cubase.