Avid., the makers of Pro Tools, recently announced an updated version of the Eleven, imaginatively named Eleven MK II. You can read more about all the new features in Eleven Mark II here, also Andrew Wild has written an excellent post to help those wanting to know how the new features work here.
One new feature in the new Eleven MK II plug-in is the Multi-cab Workflow, made easier in the new version of Eleven by a new routing option via the plug-in and Avid giving the user the option to just use the cabs - nice.
However, the New Eleven MK II Cabinet plug-in Multi-cab Workflow is possible with the original version of the Eleven plug-in - here's how.
Multi-cab Workflow Using Eleven Mark II
Using Eleven Mark II you add 2 extra channels (I used Aux) and in the Input dropdown menu you select routing from the Eleven Mark II plug-in called 'pre speaker out'. Then you simply insert the Eleven Mark II cabs on each channel and select the cab of your choice.
Multi-cab Workflow Using Eleven
On the track you have the Eleven plug-in, create 2 Aux sends and route them to 2 spare busses. Put both of these buss sends to 0db and put them into pre-send. Then make sure you've turned off the cab (that's the bypass switch bottom left of the plug-in) on the cab GUI. Finally mute the channel that the Eleven plugin is inserted on, you do this to make sure the sound of the plug-in without the cabs is not heard.
Just as in the first workflow, using Eleven you add 2 extra channels (I used Aux) and in the Input dropdown menu you select the buss channels you just sent from the track with the Eleven plug-in. Then you simply insert two instances of Eleven on the tracks but this time you bypass the amp part of the plug-in rather than the cab part.
Then simply select the cab and mics to taste.
A Cool Trick For Both Versions Of The Eleven Plug-in
If you want to create some stereo width then you can add inserts of the Avid Time Adjuster plug-in to help push the cabs further apart on the stereo field.
A final word, I tested audio from both Eleven workflows and they sounded the same, I also ran the Usage meter to see if there was any bearing on the CPU, it seemed to be about the same in both versions of the Eleven plug-in, you can see in the image if you zoom in. This is probably because the taxing part of the plug-in would be the modelling of the cab and mics.
There are several great features in the new Avid Eleven Mark II plug-in, but if you only want a multi-cab workflow then that's already possible.