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Bidule currently supports ReWire functionality in both master and slave modes. In master mode, it can load ReWire devices in its patchbay as a ReWire master. Using ReWire devices in Bidule in this way is similar to using VST plugins (with outputs only) or instruments (in the case of Reason, for instance). In ReWire slave mode, the ReWire Device bidules acts as the Audio output within the patchbay, with MIDI input from the ReWire master application.
In order to use a ReWire device in Bidule, you must :
Then to end your ReWire session:
The order in which these steps are taken are of utmost importance more info here: ReWire Info .
Slaved ReWire devices can have quite a few audio channels available and take up a lot of space on the patchbay. The Project 5 ReWire device bidule, for instance, has 128 total audio outputs by default! In addition to this, the ReWire devices can also have a potentially large number of MIDI outputs. To keep the size of your ReWire device bidules more manageable, select Tools > ReWire Devices Config dialog to manage the number of audio outputs, number of MIDI inputs, and the Auto Launch behaviour (if the ReWire device application supports Auto Launch).
Note that this only restricts the audio outputs/MIDI inputs visible on the ReWire device bidule in the patchbay. As far as the slaved ReWire application is concerned, nothing has changed and the full number of inputs/outputs is available.
In order to slave Bidule to another ReWire master device, you must do the following steps in the exact order below:
When Bidule is in ReWire master mode, most ReWire devices will be able to act as either Master or Slave sync interfaces. This means that they can be slave or master to other devices, other bidules (like the Audio File Looper), and plugins requiring sync (timing) information. Starting play in the slaved ReWire application will start play for all items synched to the ReWire bidule. If the ReWire device is synched to a master in Bidule, then its playing will not start until the tempo master in Bidule gets started.
When Bidule is in ReWire slave mode, the ReWire device can only act as a tempo master. Bidule still can, of course, contain other independent sync masters in addition to the ReWire device.
Be aware that not all ReWire devices supports that feature.
You can control the number of MIDI ports available on a slaved ReWire device in the ReWire Devices Config dialog (see above).
If you double click on the patchbay representation of the ReWire device, you will get an info popup, which gives information on the current channel mapping for each bus currently though ReWire. By using Bidule's MIDI Channel filters/re-mappers, you can then reach the specific unit you require in Reason.
Did you remember to add the Plogue Bidule Device to the track...? If you didn't, then Bidule has no way of knowing you wanted it to be a ReWire slave.
This will usually happen if there was a crash while running as a ReWire device. Use the "Clear ReWire Mode status" menu entry under "Edit" to fix this.
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