Breaking the barrier
In this age of unlimited track counts and endless effects, it’s easy to scoff at the limitations that producers used to cope with. Presoftware, most musicians couldn’t afford lots of hardware synths. And the affordable instruments weren’t multitimbral… or even polyphonic! When affordable samplers hit the scene, musicians would sample sounds from their synths and play them back from a single instrument, freeing up the gear for other duties.
These limitations seem restrictive, but they led producers down creative avenues and resulted in production techniques that we backwards-engineer today. And guess what? You can use 8-Track’s limitations to your advantage, too! Simply sample the individual notes of the VSTs you want to re-use, then load the resultant waves into Sampler. Bitwig can even automate the process with a function called Slice to Multisample.
Alternatively, group and render virtual instrument tracks to audio – that will help push you forward and commit.
Run out of VST slots? Call up 8-Track’s Sampler for multisampling duties