I think it's hard to know what to choose, since I don't know how this thing works in real life.
And if I remember correctly, one here said that I only have to use one insert slot, and the Nebulas (13 or fewer based on how many the EQ etc would need) are hosted inside the NVC (?).
Let me clear up this question please. The NVC is a single plugin that outputs MIDI data that is calibrated to a library. In this initial release, the NVC-MP is designed for the AITB MAMMOTH EQ. Each module [of which there are 13], corresponds to 13 presets using 13 Nebulas. Each of these modules of the NVC-MP are transmitting on a single channel [1-13].
The Nebula plugins are user loaded into your EFX slots. The NVC does NOT 'house', or contain any Nebulas.
Following the requests, I've opt'd to go the full blown version of this EQ, which allows for Cuts AND Boosts, along with Shelfs, Peaks, and Hi/Low filters.
There is NO requirement to load up all 13 Nebulas. If you only need a band or 2, and maybe the filters .. then you only insert 2 or 3 Nebulas [whatever]. As long as the Nebula is properly MIDI Channel 'isolated', then the corresponding module can talk with and control that Nebula patch. [I may very well do an alternate design that mirrors the hardware operations exactly ... we'll see].
I'm watching the 'POLL' to get some sense of a preferred format.
The VSTi format is usually a pure MIDI device, including instruments, controllers, etc.
However, the VST format can deal with both MIDI and audio.
I don't think one is better than the other in and of itself. The thing I don't have a way of knowing is what 'restrictions' certain DAWs might have. We all know that Reaper can use either format interchangeably with no advantage/disadvantage. But again, this is only from my recent working with Reaper, and the preference I have to keep an entire EFX Chain on a single track.
Some users may have knowledge and need for a much more complex routing situation. As long as they can determine the MIDI routing AND can filter the Channel that a Nebula 'sees', there is no reason that the NVC couldn't control Nebulas spanned across different tracks.
Some 'testers' have mentioned that they would have to purchase a type of '3rd party' support plugin to allow certain formats to work as they would like. This has been mentioned in regard to Ableton.
There are just too many DAW's out there for me to personally test for, and why I'm asking 'those' users to voice their preference.
So ... please VOTE just to supply info. You'd be under no obligations
Hope I cleared up things ... please ask on any issue.
i7-5820k, MSI X99A Plus, 16 GIG Ram, Noctua NH-D14, Win-7 Pro [64-bit], Reaper-64
NVC [Nebula Virtual Controllers]