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Setup Guide

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 a Technical Support Response request. To set up and use the software follow the instructions below and those found in the product User Manual.

 

Table of Contents

 

What Is It

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:

  • Easily view, edit and manage all your patches with detail on the computer, visually!
  • Supports recent and latest versions Mac OSX and Windows in both 32 bit and 64 bit versions.
  • Import and export your patches and banks as standard MIDI System Exclusive (.syx) data.
  • Parameters can be automated in your favorite VST or Audio Unit supporting Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) host.
  • All edits and automation are remembered and sent out to the hardware when you start up your project.
  • View, edit and arrange all your patch names in one view.
  • Drag and drop patches and blocks to specific locations and banks using customized placement methods.
  • Meticulously thought out and well designed interface and tools that are specific to the hardware model!
  • Available as VST and Audio Unit plug-ins and Standalone application.

 

Requirements

In order to use the software properly you will need the following:

  • The actual model of hardware synthesizer the product is designed for.
  • A PC computer running a recent or latest version of Mac OSX and Windows in both 32 bit and 64 bit versions.
  • An Audio Card to connect the synth to the PC audio inputs.
  • Audio cables to connect your synthesizer to the Audio Card.
  • A USB (or other) MIDI device with MIDI In and MIDI Out connectors.
  • 2 MIDI cables to connect between synth and MIDI device.
  • A reKon audio Activation Code.
  • A DAW Plug-In Host (ex. Cubase, Live, Logic) or use the Standalone version.
  • A firm understanding of MIDI, your synthesizer, its user manual, and its capabilities.
  • Some patience in getting things setup and working. This is technical MIDI routing, so take your time. Double check your routing, settings and equipment.

 

Physical Connections

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.

 

Software Installation

Mac Installation

  1. Before installing the new software. First manually delete the files below (OSX has no uninstaller for applications). If you cannot find the locations above using Finder, then make absolutely sure your user account has Administrator rights and that you are showing all hidden files. You can use any search engine to find apps or tutorials on how to show hidden files on OSX. Here is the Terminal command line way to do it:

    Open Terminal and type: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

    type 'Enter' key, then, type: killall Finder.

    type 'Enter' key again.

  2. Run the .pkg installer file from the download. This will install the VST, AU and Standalone application and related files to the following folders on your computer:

    • AU 32-bit and 64-bit: /{user}/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/reKon audio/[VST-AU Editor Name]/
    • VST 32-bit and 64-bit: /{user}/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/reKon audio/[VST-AU Editor Name]/
    • Standalone: /Applications/reKon audio/[VST-AU Editor Name]/

    *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.
  3. Once installed, then first run the Standalone version so you can run the Product Activation (see below) without permission interference from a DAW. Note that the product will not allow operation without the provided license key!

 

Windows Installation

  1. Before installing, and if you have a previous version installed, be sure to run Windows Uninstaller and Uninstall the current version of software first. Make sure the account on your computer has Administrator privileges and that you are showing any hidden files (use File Explorer preferences).
  2. Run the .msi installer file. This will install the VST and Standalone application and related files to the following folders on your computer:

    For 32-bit Windows operating systems:
    • 32-bit VST: c:/Program Files/Common Files/VST2/reKon audio/[VST-AU Editor Name]/
    • Standalone: c:/Program Files/reKon audio/[VST-AU Editor Name]/

    For 64-bit Windows operating systems:
    • 32-bit VST: /Program Files (x86)/VSTPlugins/reKon audio/[VST-AU Editor Name]/
    • 64-bit VST: /Program Files/VSTPlugins/reKon audio/[VST-AU Editor Name]/
    • Standalone: /Program Files (x86)/reKon audio/[VST-AU Editor Name]/
  3. Once installed, then first run the Standalone version so you can run the Product Activation (see below) without permission interference from a DAW. Note that the product will not allow operation without the provided license key!

 

Product Activation

The VST-AU Editor™ series products now make Activating your product online easy. Simply follow the instructions in the Product Activation screen in the software and you'll be up and running in no time. Product Activation requires that you have an internet connection available. For DAW workstations that are offline, you may still activate the product on a computer that is not connected to the internet using the Offline Activation method, though it will take longer for us to manually process and send your license key to you (up to 48 business hours). Online activation is the easiest and quickest way to activate your product and get going with it right away.

Products can only be 'Activated' and run on a single computer at a time. Once you have activated this product on a computer, you cannot install and run it on another computer until you have successfully 'De-Activated' the product from the computer it was installed on.

To 'De-Activate' your product so that you may use it on a different computer or need to re-install it, go to your 'Account Settings/Order Details' page and click the 'De-Activate' button. Follow the instructions within the 'Product De-Activation' screen .

Note - We review ALL Product Activations and Product De-activations to verify ownership and prevent fraud!

 

Standalone Setup

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, 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.

 

DAW Host Setup

When using the VST or Audio Unit version of the software you will first need to setup your MIDI ports in your DAW host so that there are no conflicts between the VST-AU Editor and the DAW host. In particular, For most DAW hosts, you will need to disable the MIDI Input and Output ports in your host's MIDI Setup that you plan to use the VST-AU Editor and synth with. Do this before running the plug-in. Failing to do so will not allow these ports to be available in the VST-AU Editor's 'MIDI Setup', which will be used to communicate directly to the synthesizer.

Sending MIDI Sequencer data to the synth:
You will still be able to send 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 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, 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 work.

For Mac users, Virtual MIDI Devices are handled by the IAC Driver (in the Audio MIDI Setup application). Refer to the Apple documentation for details on CoreMIDI  and the IAC Driver.

 

Using Virtual MIDI Devices with Other Applications

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):

  • Any reKon audio or reKon audio VST-AU Editor™ product.
  • Windows 7 64bit (with a MOTU MIDI Express XT using port 8 to connect to the Synth MIDI In and Out)
  • MIDI-Ox (a free MIDI Routing App)
  • LoopBe (Virtual MIDI Cable). (MIDI Yoke and Maple MIDI will work with 32bit Win OS, but not 64bit Win OS).
  • Cubase 6 32bit (DAW host).

 

  1. Open the DAW host. In the DAW host MIDI setup (typically found under 'Preferences') disable the port that you are using to connect the Synth to the Editor. (ex. port 8).
  2. Using a Virtual MIDI Cable (MIDI Yoke, Maple MIDI or LoopBe for Windows, it's free. Use 'Audio MIDI Setup' app on Mac and create a virtual device, also free). Make sure the VMC is installed and working properly first!
  3. Using a MIDI Routing app (MIDI-Ox for Windows, it's free. Use 'Audio MIDI Setup' app on Mac, also free). Open MIDI-Ox and make the following connections:
  • Open the 'Options/MIDI Devices' view and make sure you have selected the MIDI Out port you are using to connect to the Synth (ex. port 8).
  • Open the 'MIDI Port Routing' view and disconnect all cables first. Then connect the 'LoopBe MIDI Input' port to the MIDI port going to the Synth (ex. port 8 Output).
  • Also connect the 'LoopBe MIDI Output' port to the 'MIDI-OX Event Port'.
  • Also connect the 'MIDI-OX Event Port' to the port connected to the Synth (ex. port 8).
  • Load the VST-AU Editor plug-in. (see your host documentation for using soft-synth plug-ins).
  • Open the 'MIDI Setup' view in the VST-AU Editor.
  • Set the 'Editor MIDI In' and 'Editor MIDI Out' ports and channels to that connected to the Synth (ex. port 8).
  • In the DAW host, select the track that was created for the plug-in.

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:

  1. - Set the track's MIDI Input to a MIDI Controller Keyboard.
  2. - Set the track's MIDI Output to the 'LoopBe Internal MIDI' port. This will send the Note On/Off, Pitch, Modwheel data to the Synth directly from your Host sequencer track instead of through the Editor.
  3. In this arrangement, the Editor has direct access to the Synth AND the DAW Host sequencer also has direct access to the Synth.
  4. Your music should now be in sync with the DAW host and still have automation control through the plug-in. The Editor also has direct communication with the Synth.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE!!! When using the plug-in in a Host application, you must first disable the MIDI port that you will be using the hardware Synth/ Editor on in the 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 can use a virtual MIDI port (loopBe, etc.) if you wish to have your MIDI ports available to both the Host and the Editor.

 

Steinberg Cubase Setup Instructions

Prepare Devices:
  1. Be sure to read and follow all of the instructions above first!
  2. Open Steinberg Cubase.
  3. Open the 'Devices/Device Setup/Audio' dialog. Ensure the audio device connected to your synthesizer is activated and working.
  4. Open the 'Devices/Device Setup/MIDI' dialog. Ensure any MIDI devices that are connected to the hardware synthesizer are turned off here.
  5. Open the 'Preferences/File Folder' dialog. Ensure the path to the VST-AU Editor is set in the plug-in search path and that the plug-in appears in the Live Plug-In list.
  6. Set up a MIDI controller keyboard to send note data to the hardware synthesizer and record into the sequencer.
  7. Read and follow any special setup steps for your synth by referring to the the VST-AU Editor User Manual for your Editor product.
Setup Project:
  1. Create a new Project.
  2. Open your 'VST Instruments' panel and then select the VST-AU Editor VST in a slot.
  3. In the tracks I/O settings, set the 'MIDI From' value to the MIDI controller keyboard input (from the Prepare step 6 above). Do not use the audio here for the input from the synthesizer, instead see Step 6 below.
  4. Ensure the 'Monitor' (yellow 'speaker' icon) is on for this track.
  5. Open the 'MIDI Setup' dialog in the Editor and select the Editor MIDI Input and Editor MIDI Output ports and channels* that the hardware synthesizer is connected to (the ones removed from Step 3 in Prepare Devices above).
  6. Create a separate 'Audio Track'. Set the 'Input' to the audio port that the synthesizer is connected to. You can monitor and record audio from the synthesizer into this track.
  7. Open the 'MIDI Monitor' to view MIDI data moving through the system as you move controls. Test it out. {simplepopup link="nameOfPopUp"}Link Text{/simplepopup} {simplepopup name="nameOfPopUp"}The PopUp text here…{/simplepopup}
Automation:
  1. Select the track the Editor is on.
  2. In the 'VST Instrument' track you will see one automated parameter showing called 'Volume', you can use the menu there to select the parameter(s) you wish to automate.
  3. Please refer to the Cubase User Manual for more information on using automation.

 

Ableton Live Setup Instructions

Prepare Devices:
  1. Be sure to read and follow all of the instructions above first!
  2. Open Ableton Live.
  3. Open the 'Preferences/Audio' dialog. Ensure the audio device connected to your synthesizer is activated and working.
  4. Open the 'Preferences/MIDI' dialog. Ensure any MIDI devices that are connected to the hardware synthesizer are turned off here.
  5. Open the 'Preferences/File Folder' dialog. Ensure the path to the VST-AU Editor is set in the plug-in search path and that the plug-in appears in the Live Plug-In list.
  6. Set up a MIDI controller keyboard to send note data to the hardware synthesizer and record into the sequencer.
  7. Read and follow any special setup steps for your synth by referring to the the VST-AU Editor User Manual for your Editor product.
Setup Project:
  1. Create a new Live Set.
  2. Drag the VST-AU Editor to a new track.
  3. In the tracks I/O settings, set the 'MIDI From' value to the MIDI controller keyboard input (from the Prepare step 4 above). Do not use the audio here for the input from the synthesizer, instead see Step 6 below.
  4. Ensure the 'Monitor' (orange 'in' icon) is on for this track.
  5. Open the 'MIDI Setup' dialog in the Editor and select the Editor MIDI Input and Editor MIDI Output ports and channels* that the hardware synthesizer is connected to (the ones removed from Step 4 in Prepare Devices above). *Note that in Live, you must use MIDI channel 1.
  6. Create a separate 'Audio Track'. Set the 'Input' to the audio port that the synthesizer is connected to. You can monitor and record audio from the synthesizer into this track.
  7. Open the 'MIDI Monitor' to view MIDI data moving through the system as you move controls. Test it out.
Automation:
  1. Select the track the Editor is on.
  2. By default, you will not see any automatable parameters. You need to assign them in Live. Show the 'Detail View', then 'Unfold device parameters' for the plug-in.
  3. Click the 'Configure' button. Select some parameters in the Editor and these will now be assigned for automation.
  4. Hit 'Play' and start moving controls in the Editor. You will see your automation recorded.
  5. Please refer to the Live User Manual for more information on using automation in Live.

 

Apple Logic Pro Setup Instructions

* 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.

Prepare Devices:
  1. Be sure to read and follow all of the instructions above first!
  2. Open Logic Pro.
  3. Open the 'Preferences/Audio' dialog. Ensure the audio device connected to your synthesizer is activated and working.
  4. Open the 'Preferences/Audio Unit Manage' dialog. Ensure the Audio Unit plug-in is in the list and check box activated.
  5. Open the 'Environment' view. Make sure your MIDI Input stream is NOT coming from the default 'Sum' port setting. If it is, remove this connection,and then create a single connection from your MIDI controller keyboard port.
  6. Read and follow any special setup steps for your synth by referring to the the VST-AU Editor User Manual for your Editor product.
Setup Project:
  1. Create a new Logic Project.
  2. In the 'New Tracks' dialog that automatically pops up, select 'Type= Software Instrument'. Click the 'Create' button.
  3. In the Instrument track that was created, click the 'I/O' button (located on the far left near the bottom right below the 'I/O'
    label and above the 'Stereo Out' button).
  4. Select the Editor under 'AU Instruments/reKon audio/VST-AU Editor'. The plug-in should appear.
  5. In the tracks MIDI I/O settings, set the 'MIDI From' value to the MIDI controller keyboard input (from the Prepare step 4 above). Do not use the audio here for the input from the synthesizer, instead see Step 8 below.
  6. Ensure the 'Monitor' (icon) is on for this track.
  7. Open the 'MIDI Setup' dialog in the Editor and select the Editor MIDI Input and Editor MIDI Output ports and channels* that the hardware synthesizer is connected to (the ones removed from Step 4 in Prepare Devices above).
  8. Create a separate 'Audio Track'. Set the 'Input' to the audio port that the synthesizer is connected to. You can monitor and record audio from the synthesizer into this track.
  9. Open the Editor's 'MIDI Monitor' to view MIDI data moving through the system as you move controls. Test it out.
Automation:
  1. Select the track the Editor is on.
  2. Click the 'View' menu and select 'Automation' (or use the 'A' key).
  3. You will see the automation lanes for the Editor.
  4. You can add automation lanes for parameters you wish to automate.
  5. Please refer to the Logic User Manual for more information on using automation.

 

MOTU Digital Performer Setup Instructions

* 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.

Prepare Devices:
  1. Be sure to read and follow all of the instructions above first!
  2. Open MOTU Digital Performer.
  3. Ensure the audio device connected to your synthesizer is activated and working. Use OSX 'Audio/MIDI Setup' to configure audio and MIDI hardware.
  4. Open the 'Preferences/General/Audio PlugIns' dialog. Ensure the plug-in is listed and enabled.
  5. Read and follow any special setup steps for your synth by referring to the the VST-AU Editor User Manual for your Editor product.
Setup Project:
  1. Create a new Digital Performer Project.
  2. In the 'Tracks' are, right click and select 'Add Track>Instrument Track>reKon audio>VST-AU Synth Editor'. The plug-in should appear.
  3. Right click again and create MIDI track. Select the 'MIDI Output' on this track to go to the 'VST-AU Synth Editor' (MIDI channel of choice).
  4. Right click one more time and create an Audio track. Route the audio 'Input' from the synth here, and set the 'MON' (blue speaker icon) to 'on'. You can monitor and record audio from the synthesizer into this track.
  5. Open the 'MIDI Setup' dialog in the Editor and select the Editor MIDI Input and Editor MIDI Output ports and channels that the hardware synthesizer is connected to.
  6. Open the Editor's 'MIDI Monitor' to view MIDI data moving through the system as you move controls. Test it out.
Automation:
  1. Select the track the Editor is on.
  2. Use the 'Setup/Automation Setup' to configure the automation preferences.
  3. In the Plug-In view, select 'auto' or 'latch' method in the combo box in the top right.
  4. Hit record and move some parameters. You will see these are automated in the 'Track' and 'Sequencer' view.
  5. Please refer to the Digital Performer User Manual for more information on using plug-ins and automation.

 

PreSonus Studio One Setup Instructions

Prepare Devices:
  1. Be sure to read and follow all of the instructions above first!
  2. Open PreSonus Studio One.
  3. Open the 'Studio One/Preferences/Audio Setup' dialog. Ensure the audio device connected to your synthesizer is activated and working.
  4. Open the 'Studio One/Preferences/External Devices' dialog. Ensure any MIDI devices that are connected to the hardware synthesizer are turned off here.
  5. Open the 'Studio One/Preferences/VST' dialog. Ensure the path to the VST-AU Editor is set in the plug-in search path.
  6. Set up a MIDI controller keyboard to send note data to the hardware synthesizer and record into the sequencer. Click 'Add', select 'New Keyboard' from the list. Set the 'Receive From' value to the MIDI Keyboard device. Click 'Ok'. Click 'Ok'.
  7. Read and follow any special setup steps for your synth by referring to the the VST-AU Editor User Manual for your Editor product.
Setup Project:
  1. Create a new Song or Project.
  2. Drag the VST-AU Editor to a new track.
  3. In the track, select the MIDI controller keyboard input (from the Prepare step 3 above) for the MIDI Input. Leave the 'MIDI Output' to the Editor as it is.
  4. Ensure the 'Monitor' (blue Speaker icon) is on for this track.
  5. Open the 'MIDI Setup' dialog in the editor and select the MIDI Input and Output ports that the hardware synthesizer is connected to (the ones removed from Step 3 in Prepare Devices above).
  6. Open the 'MIDI Monitor' to view MIDI data moving through the system as you move controls. Test it out.
  7. Create an 'Audio Track'. Set the 'Input' to the audio port that the synthesizer is connected to. You can monitor and record audio from the synthesizer into this track.
Automation:
  1. Open the Editor plug-in window view.
  2. Click the  'Automation Mode', button and select 'Read' from the list.
  3. Select the 'Instrument track' the editor is on. Turn on the 'Record' button.
  4. Click the 'A' button to see the 'Automation' track view. Click the 'Display:Off' box. Select 'Add / Remove'.
  5. Copy over (from right to left box) the parameters you wish to view in the track automation. Click 'Close'.
  6. Now select the parameters you want to automate in the track and draw or record your automation.
  7. Hit 'Play' and start moving controls in the Editor. You will see your automation recorded.

 

Cakewalk Sonar Setup Instructions

Prepare Devices:
  1. Be sure to read and follow all of the instructions above first!
  2. Open Cakewalk Sonar X1.
  3. Open the 'Preferences/Audio/Devices' dialog. Ensure the audio device connected to your synthesizer is activated and working.
  4. Open the 'Preferences/MIDI Devices' dialog. Ensure any MIDI devices that are connected to the hardware synthesizer are turned off here.
  5. Set up a MIDI controller keyboard to send note data to the hardware synthesizer and record into the sequencer.
  6. Open the Preferences/VST Settings' dialog. Ensure the path to the VST-AU Editor is set in the plug-in search path.
  7. Read and follow any special setup steps for your synth by referring to the the VST-AU Editor User Manual for your Editor product.
Setup Project:
  1. Create a new Project.
  2. On the 'Plug-Ins' list, double click the VST-AU Editor. It will pop open a 'Insert Soft Synth Options' dialog.
  3. Select 'MIDI Source' and 'All Synth Audio Outputs:Stereo', 'Enable MIDI Output' checkboxes. Set 'Display MIDI Automation' on the 'MIDI Source Track'. Click 'Ok'.
  4. Select the MIDI track that got created above. Select the MIDI controller keyboard input (from the Prepare Devices Step 4 above) for the MIDI Input. Leave the 'MIDI Output' to the Editor as it is.
  5. Ensure the 'Monitor' (blue 'Input Echo' icon) is on for this track.
  6. Open the 'MIDI Setup' dialog in the editor and select the MIDI Input and Output ports that the hardware synthesizer is connected to (the ones removed from Step 4 in Prepare Devices above).
  7. Open the 'MIDI Monitor' to view MIDI data moving through the system as you move controls. Test it out.
  8. Select the audio track that got created'. Set the 'Input' to the audio port that the synthesizer is connected to. You can monitor and record audio from the synthesizer into this track.
Automation:
  1. Open the Editor plug-in window view.
  2. Click the  'Automation Mode' button to select 'W'.
  3. Select the MIDI track the editor is on. Turn on the 'Record' button.
  4. Click the 'Clips' drop down. Select the parameter to automate from the 'Automation/VST-AU Editor' list.
  5. Hit play and move controls to record the automation.

 

Cockos Reaper Setup Instructions

Prepare Devices:
  1. Be sure to read and follow all of the instructions above first!
  2. Open Cockos Reaper.
  3. Open the 'Options/Preferences/Audio' tab. Ensure the audio device connected to your synthesizer is activated and working.
  4. Open the 'Options/Preferences/MIDI Devices' tab. Ensure any MIDI devices that are connected to the hardware synthesizer are turned off here.
  5. Set up a MIDI controller keyboard to send note data to the hardware synthesizer and record into the sequencer.
  6. Open the 'Options/Preferences//Plug-Ins/VST' tab. Ensure the path to the VST-AU Editor is set in the plug-in search path and that the plug-in appears in the Live Plug-In list.
  7. Read and follow any special setup steps for your synth by referring to the the VST-AU Editor User Manual for your Editor product.
Setup Project:
  1. Create a new Project.
  2. Select 'Insert/Virtual Instrument on New Track'. Select the VST-AU Editor.
  3. In the tracks I/O settings, set the 'Input: MIDI' value to the MIDI controller keyboard input (from the Prepare step 5 above). Do not use the audio here for the input from the synthesizer, instead see Step 6 below.
  4. Ensure the 'Monitor' (yellow 'speaker' icon) is on for this track.
  5. Open the 'MIDI Setup' dialog in the Editor and select the Editor MIDI Input and Editor MIDI Output ports and channels* that the hardware synthesizer is connected to (the ones removed from Step 3 in Prepare Devices above).
  6. Create a separate 'Audio Track'. Set the 'Input' to the audio port that the synthesizer is connected to. You can monitor and record audio from the synthesizer into this track.
  7. Open the 'MIDI Monitor' to view MIDI data moving through the system as you move controls. Test it out.
Automation:
  1. Select the track the Editor is on.
  2. Click the 'Track Envelopes/Automation' button. Select the parameters you wish to automate.
  3. Please refer to the Cockos Reaper User Manual for more information on using automation.

 

Imageline FL Studio (Fruity Loops) Setup Instructions

Prepare Devices:
  1. Be sure to read and follow all of the instructions above first!
  2. Open FL Studio.
  3. Open the 'Options/Audio Settings' dialog. Ensure the audio device connected to your synthesizer is activated and working.
  4. Open the 'Options/MIDI Settings' dialog. Ensure any MIDI devices that are connected to the hardware synthesizer are turned off here. This is important for the Editor to work!
  5. Open the 'Options/File Settings' dialog. Ensure the path to the VST-AU Editor is set in the plug-in search path and that the plug-in appears in the Plug-In list (channels).
  6. Set up a MIDI controller keyboard to send note data to the hardware synthesizer and record into the sequencer.
  7. Read and follow any special setup steps for your synth by referring to the the VST-AU Editor User Manual for your Editor product.
Setup Project:
  1. Create a new Project.
  2. Click the 'Channels' panel, ‘Add one’ and then select the VST-AU Editor VST.
  3. Open the 'MIDI Setup' dialog in the Editor and select the Editor MIDI Input and Editor MIDI Output ports and channels that the hardware synthesizer is connected to (the ones removed from Step 3 in Prepare Devices above).
  4. Select the Editor by clicking the light button next to it. It should turn green to indicate that channel is selected.
  5. Select a channel in FL Studio’s mixer to be used for external audio input. Select your audio device in the ‘In’ section for this channel. The sound from the hardware synth will now be heard through this channel. You can monitor and record audio from the synthesizer into this track. You can record the audio by loading Edison into this mixer channel. When you play some notes or use the piano roll, set Edison to record the incoming audio from the hardware synth. You can save the audio as .wav file and load it again into the project.
  6. Open the 'MIDI Monitor' to view MIDI data moving through the system as you move controls. Test it out.
Automation:
  1. Select the track the Editor is on.
  2. Turn the knob you want to automate in the Editor.
  3. Go to ‘Tools – Last Tweaked – Create Automation Clip’. You can now draw lines and curves to automate the specific knob.
  4. Please refer to the FL Studio User Manual for more information on using automation.

 

Getting Additional Support

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:

  • Your Full Name
  • Your Purchase Order Number
  • The product you need support for
  • The platform you are licensed for (Mac or Windows)
  • The Audio Card and MIDI Device(s) you are using with the software
  • The DAW host name and version number you are using the software with
  • Describe the issue you are having in as much detail as possible