For users that prefer to work within their favorite sequencer, XTC mode is made to order.  Using XTC mode means there is no need to use the Scope project window to set up routings between devices.  This month we take a look at how to get started with using Scope plugins within Cubase.

  • From the Scope Live Bar menu, select 'Set / Settings'  (see left).

  • The Program Settings window will popup (see right).

  • Select the 'Enable VST Integration Mode (XTC)' checkbox.

  • Close Scope.  Note Scope must be closed for XTC mode to activate.

  • Start up Cubase.

  • If this is the first time you have used XTC then you need to update your plug-in information, otherwise skip this step.

  • From the Cubase main menu, select 'Devices / Plug-in Information'.  The 'Plug-in Information' window will open.

  • Press the 'Update' button and wait a few minutes.

Ignore this message if you had an older version of Scope on your PC.
  • From the Cubase main menu, select 'Devices / VST Connections'.  The 'VST Connections' window will open (see left).  

  • Select the 'Inputs' tab.   By default, one Scope input will already be present.

  • Right click and select 'Add Buss / Stereo'.  The next Scope input will be added to the list.  Repeat for all inputs.

  • Rename the input busses if desired by overtyping the Bus Names (see right).

  • Select the 'Output' tab of the VST Connections window.  By default, one Scope output will already be present.

  • Right click and select 'Add Buss / Stereo'.  The next Scope output will be added to the list.  Repeat for all outputs.

  • Rename the output busses if desired by over-typing the Bus Names (see right).

  • You may change the individual ports by right clicking on any of the 'Device Ports'.  A popup selection window will appear for this purpose (see right).


  1. Go to /App/Bin and open cset.ini , change XTCMode=0 to 1.
    Under [SEQPATH]
    add the folder you have put the .dll's for your vst host (example c:\VSTPLUGINS\XTC)
    So it will be :

  2. Create a folder /DEVICEXTC into /SCOPE PCI installation path and put all the .dev and .mdl you want to use as XTC.
  3. Go to your old SFP4 installation App/Bin take SCOPEVST.CFG and copy to the folder /SCOPE PCI/App/Bin
  4. Edit SCOPEVST.CFG and point to /SCOPE PCI/DEVICEXTC and subfolders , example :

    ScopeMono C:/SCOPE PCI/DevicesXTC/Mono/*.* (if u wanna put mono effects into /Mono)
    ScopeStereo C:/SCOPE PCI/DevicesXTC/Effects/*.dev (if u wanna put effects into /Effects)
    ScopeSynth C:/SCOPE PCI/DevicesXTC/SYNTH/*.* (if u wanna put Synths into /SYNTH)
  5. Go to the folder where you have the XTC .dll's for your VST HOST (Ex. C:\VSTPLUGIN\XTC) and edit XTC.INI to point into /SCOPE PCI :

    Application=C:/SCOPE PCI/App/XTCAPP/

    Create the .dll's for the devices you wanna use as XTC and put it into C:\VSTPLUGINS\XTC.


1. This is the very first unavoidable step towards a working XTC mode:
Edit your (with the SFP project editor) so that it fits your needs and use always the same sort of ASIO In and ASIO Out drivers therein. The following is VERY important:

Connect one ASIO Source with the merge module, the input of the Merge module with it's own output, and this output again with an ASIO Dest. Use this connection when mixing down to a stereo track in real time. You have to mix realtime, cause the export audio function does not work for XTC devices (produces loads of noise).

Connect one ASIO Source with the inputs of the DirectPlayMixerContainer module, and the outputs of this module with the Dest module of your CW card that you use for monitoring (e.g. Analogue Dest). Use this connection for monitoring audio AND the CW synths in XTC mode.

2. This is the second unavoidable step towards a working XTC mode: XTC is NOT available when SFP is running. So, do NOT launch SFP if you want XTC mode. When you start Cubase in XTC mode, ignore any messages that this or other SFP device is not available in XTC mode. CW is only trying to annoy you with these obvious messages.

3. If you are using Cubase SX, refresh your plugin info display in (XTC mode!) after the first install of SFP and SX. For some reason, SX displays (and calculates) the delay of XTC effects and instruments wrong if you don't do this. If you are not sure if the delays are correct, just refresh, it won't hurt.

4. If the CW cursors annoy you, delete or simply rename the folder /SFP/App/Application/Cursor (save it first, if you are going to delete the original one). This will give you your usual cursors back.

5. Always use the MultiFX modules when inserting more than one effect into channels in Cubase SX. Save the preset of the MultiFX, else Cubase won't remember the settings of the effects inserted into it the next time you open the program (SX). It seems that every host remembers only the settings of one instance below and effects inserted into the MultiFX are two instances below SX.

6. Do not use MasterVerb as insert, it does not work properly. It looks good when you first do it, but closing Cubase and reopening will crash MasterVerb and all settings will be lost.

7. XTC mode does not remember your ULLI settings unless you do the following:

Add the following entry into your /SFP/App/Bin/Cset.ini under item


whereby x is a values out of 64, 128, 256, 512 or 1024 and translates as follows to the card's latency:

64: latency = 3 ms
128: latency = 4 ms
256: latency = 7 ms
512: latency = 13 ms
1024: latency = 25 ms

A wrong latency will still be displayed in the ULLI Settings of the ASIO Control Panel, but you can ignore this.

It is a good idea to refresh the plugin info display after changing ULLI settings.

8. Believe it or not, but Cubase SX DOES compensate the latency of XTC instruments. If you are experiencing delays when playing XTC instruments, check item 3. above.

9. If the Volkszampler gives you a "nil reference on left side of..." message at any stage, reinstall the Volkszampler.dll (by hand, copy/paste it from the respective installation folder of the SFP software to the VstpluginsXTC folder)
Dante and KWILD October 2010   For more advanced configuration information check the PlanetZ XTC Patch Guide