In order to make the installation and setup of the software as simple as possible for the user, we have provided this Setup Guide. Please read this guide and the product User Manual before installing and using the software, and before contacting us for Technical Support. To set up and use the software, follow the instructions below and those found in the product User Manual.
The VST-AU Editor™ series are real-time MIDI synthesizer editors that allows you full control of every parameter of the sound of the synthesizer model it supports. They also provide full patch/bank librarian management. Here are some of the excellent features they offer:
In order to use the software properly you will need the following:
There are some restrictions of using the plug-in versions of the software:
You will need to make the appropriate physical MIDI and audio connections to and from your hardware synthesizer and the computer first. You will also need to read and understand the user manuals for both your manufacturers hardware synthesizer, and the VST-AU Editor product you are using. Often, you will need to make some system settings on the hardware synthesizer in order to be able to send and receive MIDI data appropriately. The basic connections of a typical setup example would look like the figure below, but may also be expanded upon. In this example, a remote MIDI controller keyboard is used to play note data into the DAW, through the editor, and out to the hardware synthesizer.
* Note that you may need to copy the 'VST' and 'Component' files to your '/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/' folder for your host to be able to find them.
** Note that you may need to change the file permissions for the following folders (recursive) to (read/write) for all users so that your DAW application can properly access and license the software.
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When using the Standalone version of the software you will first need to setup your audio card settings. Click the 'Edit/Device Settings' button in the menu bar to select your audio card settings and audio channel that your hardware synthesizer is on. You should also assign a remote MIDI keyboard controller input source here to play notes to the hardware synth (this is for a separate MIDI controller keyboard than the hardware synthesizer).
Next, you will need to select the MIDI Input and Output ports and channels in the VST-AU Editor's 'MIDI Setup'. These will be used to communicate directly to the synthesizer. Once you have selected the MIDI Input and MIDI Output sources you should be able to go to the main editor view and start moving the controls and seeing/hearing the changes. You can open the 'MIDI Monitor' view to see the data coming and going to the hardware synthesizer.
Using Virtual MIDI devices:
For Windows users, you may opt to use a Virtual MIDI Device (LoopBe, loopMIDI, etc.) to use your MIDI ports with more than one application at a time. The VST-AU Editor's MIDI Setup will be able to see your Virtual MIDI Devices in the MIDI Setup MIDI Port list, just as it would any normal MIDI port.
For Mac users, your Virtual MIDI Devices are handled by the IAC Driver (in the Audio MIDI Setup application). Refer to your Apple documentation for details on CoreMIDI and the IAC Driver.
IMPORTANT NOTE!!! When using the plug-in in a DAW Host application, you must first 'DISABLE' the MIDI port that you will be using the hardware Synth/ Editor on in the DAW Host's MIDI setup. This will then make that port available for use within the plug-ins' MIDI setup. Failing to do this will not allow the MIDI port in the plug-in to work and the software will not be able to communicate with the hardware! You may be able to use a virtual MIDI port (loopBe, etc.) if you wish to have your MIDI ports available to both the Host and the Editor.
Sending MIDI Sequencer data to the synth:
You will still be able to send DAW host sequencer data (Note On/Off, Pitchbend, Modulation, Continuous Controller, Aftertouch and Poly Pressure messages) to the synth by sending the MIDI track sequence data through the VST-AU Editor track instead of directly to the MIDI port that the synth is using.
Receiving MIDI Sequencer data:
You may also record sequence data (Note On/Off, Pitchbend, Modulation, Continuous Controller, Aftertouch and Poly Pressure messages) into a DAW host MIDI sequencer track by recording this data through the VST-AU Editor instead of recording it directly from the MIDI port the synth is on.
Using Virtual MIDI devices:
If the timing of your sequenced note data is not sufficient when using the Editor with your sequencer. Then try using a Virtual MIDI Device and send the sequencer note data directly to the MIDI port the hardware synthesizer is on, on a separate MIDI track. automation data can still then be sent up to the Editor and out from the Editor on to the hardware synthesizer.
For Windows users, you may opt to use a Virtual MIDI Device (LoopBe, loopMIDI, etc.) to use your MIDI ports with more than one application at a time. The VST-AU Editor's MIDI Setup will be able to see your Virtual MIDI Devices in the MIDI Setup MIDI Port list, just as it would any normal MIDI port. You will need to refer to your DAW's user manual and the Virtual MIDI Device user manual for specifics on how they operate.
For Mac users, Virtual MIDI Devices are built into CoreMIDI (handled by the IAC Driver in the Audio MIDI Setup application). Refer to the Apple documentation for details on CoreMIDI and the IAC Driver.
* Note that Logic Pro does not have a MIDI Setup dialog that would allow you to select the ports you wish to activate or deactivate. It uses the Mac IAC driver (Audio/MIDI Setup application) and the 'Environment' view for its MIDI selection. The default 'Sum' port setting is 'All MIDI Inputs'. You will need to remove this 'Sum' connection, and select your MIDI Inputs and Outputs carefully. Otherwise, MIDI feedback loops or crashing could occur. Please refer to the Logic Pro user manual for more information on setting up and using MIDI in Logic Pro.
* Note that Digital Performer does not have a MIDI Setup dialog that would allow you to select the ports you wish to activate or deactivate. It uses the Mac IAC driver (Audio/MIDI Setup application) for its MIDI selection. Please refer to the Digital Performer user manual for more information on setting up and using MIDI in Digital Performer.
The Editor gives you several options for routing MIDI data bidirectionally. As a result, you can send Host MIDI data into the Editor, which in turn, will get sent on to the Synth via the Editors MIDI Out port. In this process, the MIDI data is actually transferring between two separate MIDI systems; the Host's, and the Editor's. This transfer process may work fine for previewing your sounds, and possibly smaller projects, but will likely not suffice for a lot of sequenced data. If you are having issues with syncing and hearing delayed or offset playback from the Synth when using the Host to send MIDI data to the Synth through the Editor, then you can create a setup that prevents the latency/syncing issues.
You can use a Virtual MIDI Cable and a MIDI Routing Application to allow both the DAW host and the Editor direct access to the same MIDI Output port using their own systems. This allows you to have the DAW host sequencer send its data straight to the Synth. And, the Editor will have its direct connection to the Synth as well.
Here's how to set it all up. (In this example, the following tools were used. Other tools may work in a similar way):
Note that you do not need (or want, in this case) to connect the MIDI tracks I/O's to any MIDI Inputs or Outputs, or to the Editor. Instead, you can use this track to send Note On/Off, Pitch, Modwheel, etc. data straight to the Synth by doing the following:
If you have read through all the above material and are still having issues using the software, then personal Technical Support is available. Customers will receive their first Technical Support Response for free. After the first Technical Support Response, a fee of $25 will be charged for each Technical Support Response requested. To submit a Technical Support Response, you must provide the information below along with your contact request. You will not receive a Technical Support Response if this information is not provided with your request:
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