VST-AU Virus Editor™ User Manual

VST-AU Virus Editor™ User Manual
VST-AU Virus Editor User Manual
VST-AU Virus Editor™ User Manual
Note that the information found here is specific to the product and synthesizer model(s) it was
made for. For information that is common and shared across all products, and for DAW Host
Setup information, please see the Setup Guide . For more information regarding this product
and pricing please see the
Product Details pa
ge.
Table of Contents
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Introduction
Requirements
Physical Connections
Installation
Mac
Windows
-
Product Activation
Setting up the Synth
Using The Graphical User Interface
The Main User Interface View
The MIDI Setup View
The MIDI Monitor View
The Patch Manager View
-
Working With Patches and Banks
Loading and Saving Sysex Patches and Banks
MIDI Implementation Chart
Getting Additional Support
License Agreement
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Disclaimer
Introduction
The VST-AU Virus Editor™ is a real-time MIDI synth editor that allows you full control of every
parameter of the sound on the Access Virus OS 6.5 for Virus C, KC and Rack XL™ rack and
keyboard model synthesizers. It is also a complete librarian tool that allows you to view and
manage all the patch and bank data on modern computing platforms and applications, in smart
and efficient ways. Now you can utilize your Virus to its full potential in new and interesting
ways, and build lasting and meaningful patches that will bring new life to your music.
You can manage, view and edit all your patches on the computer itself without the hassle of
manual dumps. All parameters are fully automatable using your favorite VST or AU capable
DAW host, giving you the ability to visually program the Virus to your music in the host
sequencer. This ability to model your synth patches in real-time, inside your main music
production environment is part of what makes the VST-AU Virus Editor™ unique when
compared to other hardware synth editors. You may also use the standalone application if you
do not need to work inside the host or if your DAW host is not supported. Please check the
DAW Host Support chart on the web site product page for details.
The VST-AU Virus Editor™ will be further referred to in this manual as 'Editor'. Any 32 bit or 64
bit VST or Audio Unit DAW Host will be further referred to in this manual as '
Host
'. The Access Virus synthesizer models may be further referred to in this manual as '
Synth
'.
This editor will work on the Access Virus OS 6.5 for Virus C, KC and Rack XL™ keyboard and
rack model synthesizers. This software was developed for Virus OS 6.5 with a Virus C, but it
should also support previous Virus operating systems and models (A and B) since these share
the same MIDI sysex specification, but with fewer parameters. Some controls will not affect the
patch/sound on earlier models.
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It's a Complete Synth Editor
The VST-AU Virus Editor™ is a visual editor allowing you to view and edit every parameter of
the Access Virus synthesizer. Here's just some of the amazing and useful features the Editor
offers:
- Easily see and edit all parameters of your patch in logical views with logical controls.
- It works in real-time! Instantly hear your changes as you play. Craft your patch along with
your music as you make it!
- Parameters respond to knob movements from external and internal controllers.
- Automate the parameters in your DAW host via physical knob movements, Editor control
movements, or in the Host with the draw tool.
- All edits and automation are remembered and sent out to the hardware when you start up
your project.
- Meticulously thought out and well designed interface and tools that are specific to the
hardware model!
- Available as a VST, Audio Unit and Standalone application.
- Supports Mac (OSX 10.6 - 10.8), and Windows (XP - 8) in both 32 bit and 64 bit versions.
- Endless routing possibilities allow for complex MIDI setups and use.
It's an Advanced Patch Librarian Manager
The VST-AU Virus Editor™ includes a new advanced Patch Manager view that allows you to
manage your patches and banks easily in one view. Here's just some of the amazing and useful
features the Patch Manager offers:
- Rename patches with ease.
- Drag and drop patches or blocks from one slot to another in copy, swap or move mode.
- Highlights other patches in the bank which are 'Duplicates by Name', and 'Exact
Duplicates'.
- Easily remove all 'Exact Duplicate' patches with one click to clear space for other
patches.
- Undo feature allows for non-destructive editing and reversing mistakes.
- Easily copy or swap patches, blocks, or bank A and B.
- Randomize a patch or entire banks with one click.
- Clear patches or entire banks with one click.
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- Add/Remove a prefix name to patches or entire banks to easily identify your patches.
- Export just the Patch names as a .txt file.
- Import your existing patch and bank libraries via System Exclusive data dump direct from
the synth, or load them in from .syx files.
- Save as standard .fxp/.fxb files or native .syx file format.
Full MIDI message filtering of MIDI Input and Output data
MIDI Setup allows you to select the MIDI ports and Channels that you are using to connect to
the hardware synthesizer. You can also filter specific MIDI messages from all MIDI data paths
from the DAW Host, Editor and Synth. Absolute control of the data paths allow for complex
MIDI setups that can be saved and loaded for specific uses and applications. By using specific
MIDI Setups with different instances of the plug-in, you can now use multiple instances of the
plug-in for multiple machine control.
- Create, Load and Save MIDI Setups for instant recall of settings and multiple instance
use.
- Filter any MIDI message to/from the Synth, Editor and Host.
Full MIDI Input and Output Monitoring
The Midi Monitor view allows you to view all MIDI data coming in to and out of the VST-AU
Virus Editor™.
- Easily switch between Input and Output views of both Host and Editor/Synth MIDI input
and output data.
- Copy the data from the event logs for pasting and saving into standard text editors or
other applications.
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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 Windows (XP - Win7) or Mac OSX (10.6 or above).
- 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 routings, 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.
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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 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.
** Note that you may need to change the file permissions to (read/write) for all users so that
your DAW application can properly access ad license the software.
- 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!
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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]/
- Once installed, then first run the Standalone version so you can run the Product
Activation
below) without permission interference from a DAW. Note that the product will not allow
operation without the provided license key!
(see
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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!
Setting up the Synth
You will need to have the latest Virus 6.5 OD installed on your Virus to properly use the
software.
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Set your Virus settings to use MIDI LoPage=CC and MIDI HiPage=PolyPressure.
Using The Graphical User Interface
The graphical user interface of the VST-AU Virus™ Editor™ is designed for maximum ease of
use, giving you easy access to all of the parameters and common functions right on one screen.
You are also able to rename, modify and browse the Patches right inside the Editor itself. All
controls are handled via either a slider, knob, combo box, button or text edit box.
The Main User Interface View
The VST-AU Virus™ Editor™ main screen (may or may not be shown to scale)...
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The MIDI Setup View
To access the 'MIDI Setup' view, click the 'MS' button. The 'MIDI Setup' view allows you to
connect and control (filter) the MIDI data coming into and out of the Editor and Host. You will
need to open this view directly after instantiating the software in order to setup up
communication between the Synth and Editor. Once you have done this, the software will
remember your settings. You can toggle the filtering of specific MIDI data for both the Host and
Editor MIDI data paths.
If you carefully inspect the diagram in the middle, you can see exactly what data gets routed
where. To make things a bit easier to differentiate, there is a color coding scheme for the MIDI
data. The 'MIDI Monitor' view will show messages in these same colors.
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Since this software allows you to route and filter MIDI data bidirectionally, it is best to activate
only the check boxes for the specific messages you require. Otherwise, it may be possible to
create a MIDI feedback loop under certain circumstances. It's best to just leave them be, as
they are already optimally configured for using the editor. However, it is up to the user to
understand the routings and connections being made to and from the Editor and also diagnose
where any problems may be occurring.
IMPORTANT NOTICE!!!The editor gets installed with the default settings shown in the image
(minus the MIDI ports, of course) and you shouldn't need to change these settings unless
you are absolutely sure you know what you are doing, and that you need that particular data
for input or output.
Do NOT turn on the Program Change options in any of the four sections
. We do not use these with the Editor and they will conflict the data or prevent MIDI data
transmission. Please keep them off at all times!
- The File menu allows you to save and load MIDI Setup files. You typically will not need to
use this as it has a default already.
- The View menu provides links to About screen.
How MIDI is handled
The four sections of filters in the MIDI Setup represent the different MIDI Inputs and MIDI
Outputs the Editor uses. This is data that originates from either the DAW host, the Synth, or the
Editor. The editor gets installed with the default settings shown in the image (minus the MIDI
ports, of course) and you shouldn't need to change these settings unless you are absolutely
sure you know what you are doing, and that you need that particular data for input or output.
It's best to just leave them be as they are already optimally configured for using the editor.
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Here is how the four sections break out:
1. Host MIDI In: The top-left section deals with MIDI In data that originates from the DAW
host (DAW MIDI tracks, remote keyboard input, etc.). This is typically musical data such as note
On/Offs, pitch bend, modulation wheel, etc. You should never send sysex data coming from the
DAW host into the Editor, as most DAW's do not handle large enough sysex data formats
(through plug-ins) to work properly.We also cannot use the MIDI Clock from the DAW as it is not
sent through plug-ins as MIDI clock data. Instead, we know the DAW host timing info in the
processing block of the plug-in and you can choose to use this info to send a 'generated' MIDI
Clock signal through the 'Editor MIDI Out' and on to the hardware synth. See below for more
information.
2. Editor MIDI In: The bottom-left section deals with MIDI In data that originates from the
hardware Synth. Though you can use it to bring in Note On/Off data from the synth,
it is recommended that you use a separate MIDI keyboard controller
to do this through the DAW MIDI track. What we want here is to receive MIDI sysex, and CC
data that the editor can use to make changes. You should never send MIDI clock data coming
from the Synth into the Editor.
3. Host MIDI Out: The top-right section deals with MIDI Out data that needs to go back to
the DAW host. Though you can use it to bring in Note On/Off data from the synth (also using
the Editor MIDI In), it is recommended that you use a separate MIDI keyboard controller to
handle Note On/Off data through the DAW MIDI track. We really do not need to send any of the
MIDI data back into the DAW if we are using a remote MIDI keyboard properly. But we do have
that option. Never send MIDI sysex data back to the DAW host. Hosts will differ on how and
what MIDI data they can interpret and we do not need to send sysex data, or MIDI clock data to
the DAW Host from the Editor under any circumstances. Please refer to your DAW host User
Manual for more information on how it uses MIDI Clock sync.
4. Editor MIDI Out: The bottom--right section deals with MIDI Out data that needs to go to
the Synth. Here we will be sending most of the MIDI data to the synth including Note On/Off
data from the DAW Host In, and all changes that occur inside the itself. You will likely want to
keep all of these settings on (except for the Program Change). The 'Gen Clock' icon (only
shown in the plug-in versions) in the 'Clock' area allows you to toggle sending a 'generated'
MIDI Clock signal out to the synth. This will be the BPM tempo of the DAW host. The accuracy
of the generated MIDI clock may vary depending on your setup and DAW. If you have issues
with syncing, there are also other way's of getting the DAW MIDI clock sync signal to the synth
that are discussed in this manual. If this method is not satisfactory for you. It is good for testing
of MIDI clocks for Arpeggios, etc.
Do not turn on the Program Change check boxes! We do not use Program Changes when using
an editor like this that works on the edit buffer in the synth. You can stay on the same patch on
the hardware synth, and changing patches in the editor will change all the settings it needs to
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recreate the patch sound without changing patches on the synth at all. All of this is done in the
edit buffer, so no patch change occurred, no skip in the sound, no overwritten data in the synth,
and the sysex data the editor sends is not interrupted by the program change call.
1. Host MIDI In button - Activates the Host MIDI In module. Turn this on to receive MIDI data
from the Host.
2. Host MIDI Out button - Activates the Host MIDI Out module. Turn this on to send MIDI
data to the Host.
3. Editor MIDI In button - Activates the Editor MIDI In module. Turn this on to receive MIDI
data into the Editor from the Synth.
4. Editor MIDI Out button - Activates the Editor MIDI Out module. Turn this on to send MIDI
data to the Synth from the Editor.
5. MIDI In Port - Select the MIDI port that is connected to your Synth MIDI Out port.
6. MIDI In Channel - Select the MIDI channel that is being used with your Synth MIDI Out
port.
7. MIDI Out Port - Select the MIDI port that is connected to your Synth MIDI In port.
8. MIDI Out Channel - Select the MIDI channel that is being used with your Synth MIDI In
port.
9. MIDI Echo - Turn this on if you want to echo MIDI data that is coming from the Synth
directly back to the synth (When the synth is in 'Local Off' mode).
10. MIDI Setup file name - Shows the current MIDI Setup file that is being used.
11. Routing Diagram - Shows how data is routed throughout the software, including
Message color codes.
The MIDI Monitor View
To access the 'MIDI Monitor' view, click the 'MM' button. The 'MIDI Monitor' allows you to view
all MIDI data that is coming into or out of the Host and Editor. By default the view will show MIDI
In/Out data from the Editor MIDI data path. You can switch between Host and Editor MIDI In
and MIDI Out views independently. The colors of messages are related to the color coding
found in the 'MIDI Setup' diagram. The 'Clear' button will clear the data in that view. The log
view will show up to 1500 messages before clearing itself automatically. You can copy the data
in the log view to other applications if necessary. The 'All' button will select and automatically
copy to the clipboard that entire view's data. You can turn on/off the view with the button on the
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right.
1. Host or Editor MIDI Input View - Switch between Host and Editor MIDI Input data views.
2. Clear, Copy All, or a selection of data to the clipboard.
3. Host or Editor MIDI Output View - Switch between Host and Editor MIDI Output data
views.
4. Clear, Copy All, or a selection of data to the clipboard.
Since the MIDI Monitor requires a lot of processing to redraw the lists, we recommend you only
use the MIDI Monitor for trouble shooting or 'glancing' at the data. Keep it closed when not
using it to improve performance.
The MIDI Monitor may not show the Sysex input or output data when using Ableton Live.
However, the sysex data will still be sent out to the MIDI device.
The Patch Manager View
To access the 'Patch Manager' view, click the 'PM' button. The 'Patch Manager' allows you to
load and save Patches and Banks as .FXB/.FXP files. The 'Patch Manager' also allows you to
view and organize your Patches, Blocks and Banks the way you like. Patch slots and Blocks
allow you to organize your Patches by simply dragging and dropping them to another block/
slot in either Swap, Copy Replace, or Move mode. To do this, click on the Patch number box
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(with red numbers) and while holding down the mouse button drag this Patch to another patch
location by dropping it on the Patch name box. A valid drop target will be indicated by a red
outline. Drag Blocks to other Block locations by clicking in the top left corner and dragging to
another Block title (it will highlight with red bars). You can also double click on a Patch number
to go to that Patch.
A new feature in Patch Manager version 2.0.4 is the ability to drag and drop .syx patch (not
bank) files from any Finder or File Manager type application right into a Patch Manager patch
slot location. This makes it very easy to load in several patches from disk to specific locations in
the Patch Manager. Another new and useful feature that goes hand-in-hand with the drag and
drop .syx file, is the ability to export the entire bank as individual .syx patch files to disk, and
later drag and drop them in other banks. It's very easy to manage data with the Patch Manager.
Also added in version 2.0.4 is the ability to Clear, Randomize, and drag and drop a block to
another block location using the same Copy, Move, Swap option as the patch drag and drop
functionality. Blocks are the sections with the grey header bars (patches 12 - 22 for example).
The Patch Manager screen (may or may not be shown to scale)...
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and--3.
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Working With Patches and Banks
How Patches work
A Patch in the Editor represents a Patch on the Synth. When you change Patches in the Editor,
the Patch data is sent to the Synt's edit buffer in the form of MIDI CC or Sysex messages. As a
result, this data is sent to the Synth, but NOT permanently stored in the Synth. This allows you
to listen to Patches from the Editor while still preserving your original Patches that reside in the
Synth. If you wish to store the Patch data the Editor sent the Synth, then store it on the Synth by
using the Synths 'write' function (refer to the Virus keyboard manual for information on how to
store a Patch), or use the 'Set Patch' or 'Set Bank' methods.
Changing the Current Patch
You can double click on the patch number area to select that patch. You may also use the
arrow keys on the keyboard to move up and down, and left and right through the patches.
Renaming the Current Patch
To rename your Patch, simply click on the name in the display readout and type the new name
of your Patch, then hit the 'Enter' key. Use the Patch Manager to rename patches when the
DAW host won't allow you to use keystrokes in the main plug-in window.
Note that Editor Patch names are limited to 16 characters, or the max number of characters
supported by the synth if it uses names.
Drag and Drop Patches and Blocks
You can rearrange Patches and Blocks of patches to other Patches and Blocks using Drag and
Drop methods. The Drag and Drop Mode allows you to Copy Replace, Move, or Swap Patches
and Blocks. This makes building your bank up a very rapid and painless process.
Drag and Drop .syx patch files into the Patch Manager
You can Drag and Drop single .syx file patches right into any patch slot in the Patch Manager
from Finder/Explorer/File Manager applications. You can export individual .syx patches, or the
entire bank as individual .syx patches. This also makes building your bank up a very rapid and
painless process.
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What are the Colored Outlines on the Patches?
One new feature of the Patch Manager is the ability to clearly see what patches in the bank
share Similar names and/or data, and the ability to easily remove them. This makes it easy for
you to manage and clean up your banks with only the relevant patches. Here's what the color
coding means:
- Red Outline - This is the currently selected Patch.
- Purple Outline - This is an unselected patch that shares the same Name and Patch Data
as the selected Patch.
- Blue Outline - This is an unselected patch that shares the same Patch Data as the
selected Patch, but has a different Name.
- Green Outline - This is an unselected patch that shares the same Name as the selected
Patch, but has different Patch Data.
Use the 'Edit' Menu to 'Clear Exact Duplicates' or 'Clear Data Duplicates'.
Loading and Saving Sysex Patches and Banks
Loading and Saving Sysex Patches and Banks
The VST-AU Virus Editor™ can load and save standard .syx (system exclusive) Patch and
Bank files. This makes importing, exporting and sharing your existing Patch libraries very easy.
Use the 'Patch Manager' to load and save .syx Patch or Bank files. Once you have loaded a
.syx Patch or Bank, the Editor will update with the loaded settings.
Importing Patches and Banks into the Editor From the Synth via Sysex
You can also easily import your existing Patches and Banks directly from the Virus into the
Editor. There are a couple ways to do this. Choose the method below that is specific to your
task.
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Do not perform these tasks while running the Host sequencer. Stop the sequencer first!
Importing a single Patch (Edit Buffer to current Editor Patch):
1. Make sure you are connected bidirectionally (MIDI IN and Out to and from Synth).
2. Select the Patch on the Virus that you wish to import into the Editor.
3. Click the 'System/Multi Edit' button, then select 'MIDI DUMP TX/SingleBuff', then press
the '
STORE'
button and the Patch will be imported into the Editor.
Importing a single Patch (Program Buffer to current Editor Patch):
1. Make sure you are connected bidirectionally (MIDI IN and Out to and from Synth).
2. Select the Patch on the Editor that you wish to import to.
3. Click the 'Patch Get' button and the Patch on the Virus at the current Editor program
location will be imported into the Editor.
Importing a Bank (Programs 0-127 from Bank A-H into the Editor Bank):
1.
Make sure you are connected bidirectionally (MIDI IN and Out to and from Synth).
2. Select the Bank you wish to import (A-H) from the Editor's 'Bank Selection' combo box. Click
on the 'Bank Get' button. The Patch Manager will open and A dialog will open asking if you
wish to proceed.
3. It will take about 60 seconds or so to complete the dump from the Synth into the Editor. You
will see the Editor MIDI In LED's lighting up as the dump is processing and the progress bar
showing the transfer progress.
4. The process may miss a few of the patches in the bank while it is iterating the patches in the
bank. The software will go back and try to re-import those patches that were missed until the
entire bank has been imported.
Saving Patches and Banks into the Synth via Sysex
You can 'permanently' save Patches and Banks to the synth from the Editor. Note this will
overwrite your existing Patches and Bank data in the synth . Be sure to back up your existing
Patches and Banks first!
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Do not perform these tasks while running the Host sequencer. Stop the sequencer first!
Permanently saving a single Patch to the synth:
1. Use the synth 's 'write' capability if you wish to store a single Patch.
Permanently saving a single Patch to the synth:
1. Make sure you are connected bidirectionally (MIDI IN and Out to and from Synth).
2. Make sure you turn off the 'Program Change' options in the 'MIDI Setup' view first!
3. In the Editor, click the 'Send Patch' button.
4. The Synth will now have permanently stored the new Patch data from the Editor to the
Synth.
Permanently saving the Editor Bank to the synth:
1. Make sure you are connected bidirectionally (MIDI IN and Out to and from Synth).
2. Make sure you turn off the 'Program Change' options in the 'MIDI Setup' view first!
3. In the Editor, click the 'Bank Send' button. A dialog will open asking if you wish to proceed.
Transfer takes about 20 seconds.
4. The Synth will now have permanently stored the new Bank data from the Editor.
Note: A valid Virus Sysex Patch file is 267 bytes and is formatted according to the sysex
specification found in the Virus 6.5 OS User Manual. A valid Virus Sysex Bank file is 34176
bytes for 128 patches, and is formatted according to the sysex specification found in the
Access Virus 6.5 OS User Manual.
The Editor will only accept .syx files that are formatted
specifically for the Virus synthesizer
.
Note this will overwrite your existing Patch and Bank data in the synth. Be sure to back up your
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existing Patches and Banks first! Do not perform these tasks while running the Host sequencer.
Stop the sequencer first!
A note on Sysex MIDI and Host Plug-in Capabilities.
Sysex data from a VST or Audio Unit plug-in to the DAW Host is not widely supported by most
Host DAW manufactures. This is why the Editor has it's own 'built-in' MIDI ports to connect to
the hardware Synth.
MIDI Implementation Chart
The following MIDI data is transmitted (Tx) and Received (Rx) from the Editor and may be
filtered as well.
MIDI Message
Tx Rx
Channel
Mode
Y
Note On/Off
Y
Velocity
Aftertouch
Y
Poly Pressure
Y
Pitch Wheel
Y
Modulation (CC1)
Y
Continuous COntrol (CC)
Y
Program Change
Y
System Common
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
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Y
System Realtime
Y
System Exclusive
Y
Y
Y
Y
x = no
o = yes
For a full list of the parameters and their value ranges, please refer to the Access Virus™ User
Manual.
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
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