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Alesis VX49 49-Key USB/MIDI Controller User Guide
User Guide
English
Manual Version 1.0
Table of Contents
(Click a chapter/section to skip to it.)
Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................ 5
Box Contents ................................................................................................................................................. 5
Support ........................................................................................................................................................... 5
About This User Guide .................................................................................................................................. 5
Initial Setup ........................................................................................................................................................ 6
1. Software/Driver Download and Installation ........................................................................................... 6
2. Controller Setup ........................................................................................................................................ 6
3. Software-Controller Configuration.......................................................................................................... 7
With VIP in Your DAW ................................................................................................................................. 7
With VIP in Standalone Mode (Without a DAW) ......................................................................................... 8
With Your DAW Only ................................................................................................................................... 8
With External MIDI Equipment (Without a Computer) ................................................................................ 8
Features .............................................................................................................................................................. 9
Top Panel ....................................................................................................................................................... 9
Rear Panel .................................................................................................................................................... 11
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Operation .......................................................................................................................................................... 12
Setup Scenarios .......................................................................................................................................... 13
With VIP in Your DAW ............................................................................................................................... 13
With VIP in Standalone Mode (Without a DAW) ....................................................................................... 13
With Your DAW Only ................................................................................................................................. 14
With External MIDI Equipment (Without a Computer) .............................................................................. 14
Display and Navigation ............................................................................................................................... 15
Basic Functions ........................................................................................................................................... 16
Loading DAW Presets ............................................................................................................................... 16
Loading Patches ....................................................................................................................................... 16
Controlling Your Patch or Your DAW ....................................................................................................... 17
Modes ........................................................................................................................................................... 18
Main Mode ................................................................................................................................................ 18
Selecting the Browser or Setlists ........................................................................................................... 19
Loading Patches .................................................................................................................................... 19
Loading and Saving DAW Presets ......................................................................................................... 20
Editing Various Global Settings .............................................................................................................. 21
Setup Mode .............................................................................................................................................. 22
Loading and Saving DAW Presets ......................................................................................................... 22
Editing Various Global Settings .............................................................................................................. 23
Browser Mode .......................................................................................................................................... 24
Selecting Tag Categories ....................................................................................................................... 24
Loading Patches .................................................................................................................................... 25
Loading Multi Slots ................................................................................................................................ 25
Global Mode ............................................................................................................................................. 26
Available Global Settings........................................................................................................................ 26
Control Mode ............................................................................................................................................ 28
Selecting Controls ................................................................................................................................. 29
Adjusting Controls ................................................................................................................................. 29
Control Edit Mode ..................................................................................................................................... 30
Selecting Controls ................................................................................................................................. 30
Editing Control Parameters .................................................................................................................... 30
Available Control Parameters ................................................................................................................. 31
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MIDI Mode ................................................................................................................................................ 34
Selecting Controls ................................................................................................................................. 34
Adjusting Controls ................................................................................................................................. 34
MIDI Edit Mode ......................................................................................................................................... 35
Selecting Controls ................................................................................................................................. 35
Editing Control Parameters .................................................................................................................... 35
Available Control Parameters ................................................................................................................. 36
Multi Mode ................................................................................................................................................ 41
About Multis .......................................................................................................................................... 41
Creating and Editing Multis .................................................................................................................... 41
Adjusting Multi Slots .............................................................................................................................. 42
Multi Edit Mode ......................................................................................................................................... 43
Editing Multi Slot Parameters ................................................................................................................. 43
Available Multi Slot Parameters .............................................................................................................. 44
Timing Functions ......................................................................................................................................... 45
Overview ................................................................................................................................................... 45
Tempo ................................................................................................................................................... 45
Tap Tempo ............................................................................................................................................ 45
Time Division ......................................................................................................................................... 45
Transport Control .................................................................................................................................. 45
Arpeggiator ............................................................................................................................................... 46
Note Repeat (Roll) ..................................................................................................................................... 46
Technical Specifications ................................................................................................................................. 47
Trademarks and Licenses .............................................................................................................................. 47
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Introduction
Box Contents
VX49
USB Cable
Software Download Card
Quickstart Guide
Safety & Warranty Manual
Support
For the latest information about this product (system requirements, compatibility information, etc.) and
product registration, visit alesis.com.
About This User Guide
This User Guide was written to help you get familiar with the VX49 hardware.
For consistency and to help prevent confusion, we used a uniform set of symbols to show topics of interest
or significance:
Important/Note/Tip: Important or helpful information on a given topic.
Buttons, controls, parameters, and other important items are usually indicated in bold characters.
Examples:
Press Multi.
Turn the Data Dial.
Select the Mode field.
Some text refers to other relevant sections, shown in blue, bold italic characters. Click the text to jump to
that part of the User Guide.
Examples:
Make sure your VX49 box includes all of the items listed above in Box Contents.
For descriptions of VX49’s controls, please see the Features chapter.
To learn how to change an encoder’s minimum and maximum value, please see Modes >
Control Edit Mode.
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Initial Setup
1. Software/Driver Download and Installation
To download and install the required drivers, VIP software application, and virtual instruments:
1. Go to alesis.com and register your product. If you don’t have an Akai Professional account yet, you will
be prompted to create one.
2. Download the VX Software Package.
3. Open the file and double-click the installer application: .exe (Windows) or .dmg (Mac OS X).
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Note: By default, VIP will be installed in [your hard drive] \ Program Files \ VstPlugins (Windows) or
Applications (Mac OS X). A shortcut will be created on your Desktop, as well.
To download additional plugins and audio content:
1. Open VIP.
2. In VIP, click VX Content.
3. In the VX Content panel, select and download the plugins and audio content you want to use with VIP.
Follow the on-screen instructions for each selection.
Important: When installing these plugins, we recommend installing them on your computer’s internal
hard drive rather than on an external hard drive.
2. Controller Setup
Here is just an example of how to use VX49 to your setup. Items not listed under Introduction > Box
Contents are sold separately.
Sustain Pedal
(optional)
External MIDI
Sound Module
(optional)
Power
(optional)
Expression Pedal
(optional)
Computer
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3. Software-Controller Configuration
This section describes how to start using your VX49. We recommend using VX49 with the included VIP
software which you can use to perform with, create, edit, and manage multiple plugin patches simultaneously.
To learn more about how you can use VX49 in each kind of setup, please see the Operation chapter.
Make sure you have installed the software (described earlier in 1. Software/Driver Download and
Installation) and connected VX49 to your computer, external MIDI equipment, and/or other devices
(described earlier in 2. Controller Setup).
With VIP in Your DAW
To set up VX49 with VIP in your DAW:
1. Power on your VX49, and open your DAW in your computer.
2. Make sure VX49 is selected as a controller in your DAW—you can usually do this in your DAW’s
Preferences, Device Setup, or Options.
3. In your DAW, create a new MIDI track (i.e., not an audio track).
4. Open VIP in your DAW as you would open a standard VST plugin. By default, VIP is installed in [your
hard drive] \ Program Files \ VstPlugins (Windows) or Applications (Mac OS X).
5. In VIP, click the Settings menu and select Plugin Manager.
6. At the bottom of the Plugin Manager window, click one of the Plugin Folder fields, and then select the
folder where your instrument plugins are located on your computer. You can select up to two locations
(one for each Plugin Folder field).
7. Click Scan. VIP will scan the folder/folders for available plugins, which will appear in the list. When the
process is complete, click OK to close the Settings window. VIP will return to its main window and begin
importing the patches (presets) for all of your scanned plugins. This can take several minutes.
8. On VX49, turn the Data Dial to browse your list of patches in the display (the plug-in name will appear
under the patch name). Press the Data Dial to load one.
To learn more about how you can use VX49 in this kind of setup, please see Operation > Setup Scenarios
> With VIP in Your DAW.
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With VIP in Standalone Mode (Without a DAW)
To set up VX49 with VIP in Standalone Mode:
1. Power on your VX49.
2. Open VIP. By default, VIP is installed in [your hard drive] \ Program Files \ VstPlugins (Windows) or
Applications (Mac OS X).
3. In VIP, click the Settings menu and select Plugin Manager.
4. At the bottom of the Plugin Manager window, click one of the Plugin Folder fields, and then select the
folder where your instrument plugins are located on your computer. You can select up to two locations
(one for each Plugin Folder field).
5. Click Scan. VIP will scan the folder/folders for available plugins, which will appear in the list. When the
process is complete, click OK to close the Settings window. VIP will return to its main window and begin
importing the patches (presets) for all of your scanned plugins. This can take several minutes.
6. On VX49, turn the Data Dial to browse your list of patches in the display (the plug-in name will appear
under the patch name). Press the Data Dial to load one.
To learn more about how you can use VX49 in this kind of setup, please see Operation > Setup Scenarios
> With VIP in Standalone Mode (Without a DAW).
With Your DAW Only
To set up VX49 with your DAW only:
1. Power on your VX49, and open your DAW in your computer.
2. Make sure VX49 is selected as a controller in your DAW—you can usually do this in your DAW’s
Preferences, Device Setup, or Options.
3. In your DAW, create a new MIDI track (i.e., not an audio track).
To learn more about how you can use VX49 in this kind of setup, please see Operation > Setup Scenarios
> With Your DAW Only.
With External MIDI Equipment (Without a Computer)
To set up VX49 with external MIDI equipment:
1. Power on your VX49 and your external MIDI device.
2. If you are using a standard power adapter connected to VX49’s Power Input, you can start playing
immediately. VX49 is automatically set to send all of its MIDI messages to your external MIDI device via
the MIDI Out.
If you are using a USB charger to power VX49, set any relevant controls to send their MIDI messages out
of the MIDI Out. Any controls set to transmit only over the USB Port will not be sent to your external
MIDI device.
To learn more about how you can use VX49 in this kind of setup, please see Operation > Setup Scenarios
> With External MIDI Equipment (Without a Computer).
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Features
Top Panel
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1. Keyboard: This 49-note keyboard is velocity-sensitive and, in conjunction with the Octave Up/Down
buttons, can control a 10-octave range.
2. Octave Down/Up: Use these buttons to shift the keyboard’s range up or down. Press both buttons
simultaneously to reset the octave shift to “zero.”
3. Pitch-Bend Wheel: Moving this wheel sends MIDI Pitch Bend information on a selected MIDI channel
and port.
4. Modulation Wheel: Moving this wheel sends continuous controller data—MIDI CC #01 (modulation), by
default.
5. Arp/Edit: Press this button to enable or disable the internal Arpeggiator whose rate is based on the
current Tempo and Time Division settings. The Arpeggiator will function on notes being played on the
keyboard only. You can also sync the Arpeggiator to an internal or external MIDI Clock source. Press
Shift and this button to configure the Arpeggiator’s settings.
6. Latch: Press this button to activate or deactivate the Arpeggiator’s Latch feature. When the Arpeggiator
is on and Latch is enabled, you can press a combination of keys on the keyboard and the Arpeggiator
continue to arpeggiate these notes even after you release the keys. Pressing a new combination of keys
will start a new arpeggiation.
Tip: While holding down a combination of keys on the keyboard, add more notes to that arpeggiated
chord by pressing additional keys.
7. Encoders: Use these 360º knobs to send MIDI CC or Increment/Decrement messages to your software
or external MIDI device.
8. Switches: Use these switches to send MIDI CC, Program Change, or Program Bank messages to your
software or external MIDI device. They can function as momentary or toggle (latching) switches. If Time
Division is activated, these switches select the time division of the Arpeggiator and Roll features.
9. Pads: Use these pads to send MIDI Note messages to your software or external MIDI sound module.
The pads are pressure- and velocity-sensitive, which makes them very responsive and intuitive to play
when triggering drum hits or other samples.
10. Pad Bank: Use these buttons to select Pad Bank A, B, C, or D. Between these 4 banks with 8 pads per
bank, you can access up to 32 MIDI events.
11. Time Div: Use this button and the switches to select the current Time Division, which determines the
rate of the Roll and Arpeggiator features. While Time Division is active, the switches will not send any of
their normal MIDI CC, Program Change, or Program Bank messages.
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12. Full Level: Press this button to activate or deactivate Full Level. When Full Level is active, the pads
always play at their maximum velocity no matter how hard or soft you hit them.
13. Roll/Edit: Use this button to activate or deactivate Note Repeat (Roll). While active, striking a pad causes
its note to retrigger at a rate based on the current Tempo and Time Division settings. You can also sync
Note Repeat to an internal or external MIDI Clock source. Press Shift and this button to configure Note
Repeat’s settings.
14. Tap Tempo: Tap this button at the desired rate to enter a new tempo.
Important: This feature does not work when the VX49 is set to External sync.
15. Display: Use this full-color display to view VX49’s menus, options, parameters, and settings.
16. Page Left/Right: Use these buttons to move between the available pages in the display.
17. Data Dial: Use this dial to change parameter values, settings, etc. in the display. Pressing the dial also
functions as an Enter button.
18. Cursors: Use these buttons to navigate through the menus and options in the current page in the
display.
19. Mode Buttons: Press one of these buttons to enter its primary mode (labeled above the button). Press
and hold Shift and then press one of these buttons to its secondary mode (labeled under the button).
See Operation > Modes for more information.
20. Shift: Press and hold this button to enable secondary functions of certain other buttons on VX49.
21. Transport Control Buttons: These three buttons are dedicated buttons for sending conventional
transport control commands: Stop, Play, and Record. These can be set to send MIDI (Start/Stop), preassigned MIDI CC values, MMC (MIDI Machine Control), and MMC/MIDI SysEx. The PTEX setting is for
use with Avid® Pro Tools® Express only.
22. Loop: Press and hold this button to activate the Loop or Repeat feature in your software. This button is
considered a transport control, so it can be set to send the same messages as the other transport
control buttons: MIDI (Start/Stop), pre-assigned MIDI CC values, MMC (MIDI Machine Control), and
MMC/MIDI SysEx. The PTEX setting is for use with Avid® Pro Tools® Express only.
Important: Your software must be able to loop or repeat in order to use this feature. Also, make sure
that you are using the VX49 Preset named after your particular software. If your software does not have a
corresponding VX49 Preset, configure the Transport Format in Global Mode so it communicates
properly with your software.
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Rear Panel
1. Power Button: Press this button to power the
VX49 on or off.
2. Power Input: Connect this power input to a
power outlet using an optional power adapter (9
VDC, 500 mA, center-positive, sold separately).
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3. USB Port: Use a standard USB cable to
connect this USB port to your computer. The computer’s USB port provides ample power to VX49. If you
connect it to a USB hub, make sure it is a powered hub. This connection is also used to send and
receive MIDI data to and from your computer.
When using VX49 with external MIDI equipment:
• If an external device is connected to the MIDI Out, your computer can send MIDI messages out
along this path: Computer  VX49  External Device.
• If an external device is connected to the MIDI In, the external device sends MIDI messages in along
this path: External Device  VX49  Computer. MIDI messages can then be sent to an external
device via the MIDI Out, but they must pass through the computer first.
4. MIDI Out: Use a standard five-pin MIDI cable to connect this MIDI Out to the MIDI In of an external MIDI
device (e.g., a synthesizer, sequencer, drum machine, etc.). Please see the above USB Port description
for information about how MIDI messages are routed while using VX49.
5. MIDI In: Use a standard five-pin MIDI cable to connect this MIDI In to the MIDI Out of an external MIDI
device (e.g., another MIDI controller). The MIDI messages sent to this MIDI In will be sent to your
computer via the USB port. Please see the above USB Port description for information about how MIDI
messages are routed while using VX49.
6. Sustain Pedal Input: Connect an optional 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS sustain pedal to this input.
7. Expression Pedal Input: Connect an optional 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS expression pedal to this input.
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Operation
This chapter describes how you can use VX49 in your studio or performance setup.
Read Setup Scenarios to learn how VX49 can function with software or hardware (with or without a DAW,
with or without VIP, etc.).
Read Display and Navigation to get a better understanding of VX49’s full-color display and how to move
through its various menus and panels.
Read Basic Functions to learn how to do some simple tasks with VX49.
Read Modes to learn about each of VX49’s modes, which let you browse and select your plugins and
patches, assign/edit controllers and parameters, adjust global settings, and more.
Read Timing Functions to see an overview of VX49’s time-related features. This section also describes how
to configure the settings for the Arpeggiator and Note Repeat (Roll) features.
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Setup Scenarios
With VIP in Your DAW
The included VIP software lets you get the most control and function out of your VX49. VIP is essentially a
host for your plugins, a hub where you can create, edit, and manage your patches (presets) for your various
plugins. When VIP is used as a plugin, as in this scenario, all audio from VIP will be sent into your DAW on its
track. You can switch between VX49’s Control Mode to control VIP or MIDI Mode to control your DAW (see
the Modes section for more information).
Tip: You can use Control Edit Mode to assign some knobs to MIDI CC messages instead of VST parameters.
This lets you control your plugin and your DAW while in Control Mode. See Modes > Control Edit Mode for
more information.
Tip: As with other plugins, you can use multiple instances of VIP in your DAW, each on its own track.
MIDI Mode
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
Control Mode
VIP
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
With VIP in Standalone Mode (Without a DAW)
You can use VIP in Standalone Mode without a DAW. This works the same way as when used as a plugin
(described earlier) except the audio is routed to your computer’s sound card instead of to your DAW. You
can use VX49’s Control Mode to control VIP (see the Modes section for more information).
Control Mode
VIP
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
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With Your DAW Only
You can use VX49 as a standard USB MIDI controller for your music creation software. We’ve created
presets for several popular DAWs so you can use VX49 with your projects in the most logical and intuitive
way possible. You can use VX49’s MIDI Mode to control your DAW (see the Modes section for more
information).
MIDI Mode
Digital Audio
Workstation (DAW)
With External MIDI Equipment (Without a Computer)
You can connect an external MIDI device (synth, drum machine, etc.) to VX49’s MIDI Out, letting you use
VX49 to control it, whether or not you’re connected to a computer. If you aren’t connected to a computer,
though, remember to power VX49 externally (see Features > Rear Panel > Power Input). You can use
VX49’s MIDI Mode to control your external MIDI device (see the Modes section for more information).
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Display and Navigation
Data
Dial
Mode
Buttons
Display
Cursors
Page Left/Right
VX49’s display shows information about its current mode and operations. You can navigate its different
modes, pages, etc. by using the following controls:
• Data Dial: Use this dial to change a selected parameter values, settings, etc. in the display. Press the
dial to enter or confirm a command or setting. You can also use this dial to scroll through lists, menus,
and browsers.
• Cursors: Use these buttons to navigate through the menus and options in the current page in the display.
• Page Left/Right: Use these buttons to move between the available pages in the display. When there is a
page available to the left or right of the current one, the corresponding button will light up.
• Mode Buttons: Press one of these buttons to enter its primary mode (labeled above the button). Press
and hold Shift and then press one of these buttons to its secondary mode (labeled under the button).
The display contains the essential information you’ll need during performance, recording, or production.
When using VIP, though, the VIP software window on your computer may contain additional information,
depending on the current mode. Keep this in mind while exploring the different modes in VIP (see the Modes
section for more information).
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Basic Functions
Loading DAW Presets
We’ve pre-mapped several presets that let you use VX49 to control your DAW in the most logical and
intuitive way possible.
Setup Mode will show a list of presets that let you use VX49 to control your DAW. If you are not using VIP,
you can see this list in Main Mode, as well.
To load a DAW preset:
1. Press Shift and the Main (Setup) mode button to enter
Setup Mode. If you are not using VIP, you can also press
Main to enter Main Mode.
2. Use the Cursor Buttons to select the DAW Preset Browser
(the list of DAW presets in the right half of the display).
3. Turn the Data Dial to scroll through the list.
4. Press the Data Dial to load a DAW preset. The loaded
preset will be highlighted.
Loading Patches
While using VIP with VX49, you can load a patch using the Patch Browser (the right half of the display), which
will show all available patches or multis currently in VIP’s Patch Browser or in a setlist (described in Main
Mode > Selecting the Browser or Setlists).
To load a patch:
1. Press the Main mode button to enter Main Mode.
2. Use the Cursor Buttons to select the Patch Browser (the
list of patches in the right half of the display).
3. Turn the Data Dial to scroll through the list.
4. Press the Data Dial to load a patch. The loaded patch will
be highlighted.
Note: The patches shown in the Patch Browser are based
on both the currently selected tags and the text in the
Search field in VIP (above its own Patch Browser). If you
think some patches are missing from the Patch Browser,
make sure that (1) VIP’s Search field is empty and (2) the
correct tags are selected. To learn about tags, see
Browser Mode > Selecting Tag Categories.
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Controlling Your Patch or Your DAW
VX49 has two modes that let you view and control your patch parameters in VIP or functions your DAW:
Control Mode and MIDI Mode.
Control Mode shows you the current settings of VX49’s controls
in VIP. Press the Control mode button to enter it. You can
access this mode only when using VIP.
To adjust the value or change the state of a control, simply turn the
encoder or press the switch or pad.
To learn how to edit the parameters of these controls (minimum
values, maximum values, CC or note numbers, etc.), see the
Control Edit Mode chapter.
MIDI Mode shows you the current settings of VX49’s controls
when used with your DAW (or an external MIDI device). Press
Shift and the Control (MIDI) mode button to enter it.
To adjust the value or change the state of a control, simply turn
the encoder or press the switch or pad. If you’re using VIP, you
can do this in MIDI Mode (or MIDI Edit Mode) or Setup Mode. If
you’re not using VIP, you can do this in any mode.
To learn how to edit the parameters of these controls (minimum
values, maximum values, CC or note numbers, etc.), see the
MIDI Edit Mode chapter.
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Modes
VX49 has ten different modes of operation. Enter each mode by pressing its corresponding mode button (or
Shift and the button, if it is a secondary button command). Note that a mode’s appearance may depend on
whether or not you are using the VIP software.
Click a link below to jump to the description of that mode:
Main Mode
Control Mode
Multi Mode
Setup Mode
Control Edit Mode
Multi Edit Mode
Browser Mode
MIDI Mode
Global Mode
MIDI Edit Mode
Main Mode
When using VX49 with VIP, Main Mode shows a list of the
available patches for your plugins in VIP.
To navigate this mode:
• Use the Cursors to move between different fields and tabs.
You can change some global settings in this mode (MIDI
channel (MIDI Ch), octave (Oct), and transposition (Trans)),
as well.
• Use the Data Dial to move through the list of patches or to
change a value or setting.
When VX49 without VIP, Main Mode shows a list of available
presets that let you use VX49 to control your DAW. This is the
same as in Setup Mode.
Note: When using VX49 with VIP, press Shift and the Main
(Setup) mode button to access this Setup Mode.
To navigate this mode:
• Use the Cursors to move between different fields and tabs.
You can change some global settings in this mode (MIDI
channel (MIDI Ch), octave (Oct), and transposition (Trans)),
as well.
• Use the Data Dial to move through the list of patches or to change a value or setting.
See the following sections to learn more about using Main Mode.
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Selecting the Browser or Setlists
While using VIP with VX49, the Patch Browser (the right half of the display) will show the patches and multis
that are (A) currently in VIP’s Patch Browser or (B) in a setlist. The currently selected one will be shaded grey
in the upper-right part of the display.
To select the Browser:
1. Use the Cursor Buttons to select Browser (at the top of
the display).
2. Press the Data Dial. The patches and multis shown in
VIP’s Patch Browser will appear below.
To select a setlist:
1. Use the Cursor Buttons to select the field in the upperright corner of the display (a setlist’s name).
2. Turn the Data Dial to select the desired setlist.
3. Press the Data Dial. The patches and multis in that setlist
will appear below.
Loading Patches
While using VIP with VX49, you can load a patch using the Patch Browser (the right half of the display), which
will show all available patches or multis currently in VIP’s Patch Browser or in a setlist (described earlier).
To load a patch:
1. Make sure you have selected either the Browser or the
setlist with the patch you want.
2. Use the Cursor Buttons to select the Patch Browser (the
list of patches in the right half of the display).
3. Turn the Data Dial to scroll through the list.
4. Press the Data Dial to load a patch. The loaded patch will
be highlighted.
Note: The patches shown in the Patch Browser are based
on both the currently selected tags and the text in the
Search field in VIP (above its own Patch Browser). If you
think some patches are missing from the Patch Browser,
make sure that (1) VIP’s Search field is empty and (2) the
correct tags are selected. To learn about tags, see
Browser Mode > Selecting Tag Categories.
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Loading and Saving DAW Presets
If you are not using VIP, Main Mode will show a list of presets that let you use VX49 to control your DAW. We’ve
pre-mapped each so you can use VX49 to control your DAW in the most logical and intuitive way possible.
To load a DAW preset:
1. Use the Cursor Buttons to select the DAW Preset Browser
(the list of DAW presets in the right half of the display).
2. Turn the Data Dial to scroll through the list.
3. Press the Data Dial to load a DAW preset. The loaded
preset will be highlighted.
You can also save DAW presets with your own custom MIDI mappings (made in MIDI Edit Mode). You can
save over an existing DAW preset or one of the user presets (User Preset Default ##).
To save a DAW preset:
1. With the desired DAW preset already selected, use the Cursor Buttons to select Save in the upper-right
corner of the display.
2. Press the Data Dial. The preset’s name in the left half of the display will be highlighted.
3. Enter a new name for the preset by using the following controls:
• To move to the previous or next character, press the Left Cursor or Right Cursor, respectively.
• To add a new character, press the Right Cursor at the end of the name.
• To add a space, press the Up Cursor.
• To change the current character, turn the Data Dial.
• To delete the current character, press the Down Cursor.
4. Press the Data Dial. The preset is now saved.
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Editing Various Global Settings
Whether or not you are using VIP, you can change some of VX49’s global setings in Main Mode.
To adjust global settings in Main Mode:
1. Use the Cursor Buttons to select any of the three fields in
the lower-left corner of the display:
• MIDI Ch: VX49 will send its messages over this MIDI
channel. This is the same as the Common Channel
setting in Global Mode.
• Oct: VX49’s keyboard will be offset by this many
octaves. This is the same as the Octave setting in
Global Mode or using the Octave Down/Up buttons.
• Trans: VX49’s keyboard will be transposed by this many
semitones. This is the same as the Transpose setting in
Global Mode.
2. Turn the Data Dial to change the setting. The setting will
be updated immediately.
Press the Data Dial to return the setting to its default.
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Setup Mode
Setup Mode shows a list of available presets that let you use
VX49 to control your DAW. We’ve pre-mapped each so you
can use VX49 to control your DAW in the most logical and
intuitive way possible.
To navigate this mode:
• Use the Cursors to move between different fields and tabs.
You can change some global settings in this mode (MIDI
channel (MIDI Ch), octave (Oct), and transposition (Trans)),
as well.
• Use the Data Dial to change a value or setting.
See the following sections to learn more about using Setup Mode.
Loading and Saving DAW Presets
Setup Mode will show a list of presets that let you use VX49 to control your DAW. We’ve pre-mapped each
so you can use VX49 to control your DAW in the most logical and intuitive way possible.
To load a DAW preset:
1. Use the Cursor Buttons to select the DAW Preset Browser (the list of DAW presets in the right half of
the display).
2. Turn the Data Dial to scroll through the list.
3. Press the Data Dial to load a DAW preset. The loaded preset will be highlighted.
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You can also save DAW presets with your own custom MIDI mappings (made in MIDI Edit Mode). You can
do save over an existing DAW preset or one of the user presets (User Preset Default ##).
To save a DAW preset:
1. With the desired DAW preset already selected, use the
Cursor Buttons to select Save in the upper-right corner of
the display.
2. Press the Data Dial. The preset’s name in the left half of
the display will be highlighted.
3. Enter a new name for the preset by using the following
controls:
• To move to the previous or next character, press the
Left Cursor or Right Cursor, respectively.
• To add a new character, press the Right Cursor at the
end of the name.
• To add a space, press the Up Cursor.
• To change the current character, turn the Data Dial.
• To delete the current character, press the Down Cursor.
4. Press the Data Dial. The preset is now saved.
Editing Various Global Settings
Whether or not you are using VIP, you can change some of VX49’s global setings in Setup Mode.
To adjust global settings in Main Mode:
1. Use the Cursor Buttons to select any of the three fields in
the lower-right corner of the display:
• MIDI Ch: VX49 will send its messages over this MIDI
channel. This is the same as the Common Channel
setting in Global Mode.
• Oct: VX49’s keyboard will be offset by this many
octaves. This is the same as the Octave setting in
Global Mode or using the Octave Down/Up buttons.
• Trans: VX49’s keyboard will be transposed by this
many semitones. This is the same as the Transpose
setting in Global Mode.
2. Turn the Data Dial to change the setting. The setting will
be updated immediately.
Press the Data Dial to return the setting to its default.
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Browser Mode
Browser Mode lets you browse and select patches of your
plugins. You can access this mode only when using VIP.
To navigate this mode:
• Use the Cursors to move between different fields and tabs.
• Use the Data Dial to scroll through the different lists.
• Use the Page Left/Right buttons to view each category
tag (Plugin, Instruments, Style, etc).
See the following sections to learn more about using Browser Mode.
Selecting Tag Categories
In VIP, each of your patches can be associated with various “tags” in different categories. This feature lets
you easily sort and filter your numerous patches based on Plugin name, Expansion name, Instruments,
Timbres, Styles, and/or Articulations.
A patch can be tagged with one or more tags from each category. For example, a synth pad might be tagged
with multiple Timbres: Airy, Clean, Pure, and Waves. The exceptions are the Plugin and Expansion
categories; a patch will have only one Plugin tag and (if it belongs to an Expansion) only one Expansion tag.
When using tags to filter your patches, you can select one or multiple tags from one or multiple categories.
For example, to view all of your bass patches, you could select just the Bass tag in the Instrument category.
To narrow your search results, you could also select Distorted and Noise from the Timbres category as well
as Dance and Dub from the Styles category.
To select tags (to filter your patches):
1. Use the Page Left/Right buttons to view each tag
category (Plugin, Instruments, Style, etc). Alternatively,
use the Cursor Buttons to select the field in the upper-left
corner of the display, and then turn the Data Dial.
2. Use the Cursor Buttons to select the Tag Browser (the list
of tags in the left half of the display).
3. Turn the Data Dial to scroll through the list of tags in that
category.
4. Press the Data Dial to select or deselect a tag. A selected
tag will be highlighted and any patches with that tag will
appear in the Patch Browser in the right half of the display.
To select additional tags, repeat Steps 1–4 (for tags in a
different category) or Steps 3–4 (for tags in the same
category).
Note: The patches shown in the Patch Browser are based
on both the currently selected tags and the text in the
Search field in VIP (above its own Patch Browser). If you
think some patches are missing from the Patch Browser,
make sure that (1) VIP’s Search field is empty and (2) the
correct tags are selected.
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To deselect all tags in the currently shown category, use the Cursor Buttons to select X Category (in the
lower-left corner of the display), and then press the Data Dial.
To deselect all tags, use the Cursor Buttons to select X All (in the lower-left corner of the display), and
then press the Data Dial.
Loading Patches
Browser Mode also lets you load a patch using the Patch
Browser (the right half of the display), which will show all
available patches or multis currently in VIP’s Patch Browser.
To load a patch:
1. Use the Cursor Buttons to select the Patch Browser (the
list of patches in the right half of the display).
2. Turn the Data Dial to scroll through the list.
3. Press the Data Dial to load a patch. The loaded patch will
be highlighted.
Note: The patches shown in the Patch Browser are based
on both the currently selected tags and the text in the
Search field in VIP (above its own Patch Browser). If you
think some patches are missing from the Patch Browser,
make sure that (1) VIP’s Search field is empty and (2) the
correct tags are selected.
Loading Multi Slots
Browser Mode also lets you load different patches to slots in a
multi. When you have selected a multi slot, you can then use
Browser Mode to select a patch and then load it to that multi
slot.
Learn more about how multis work in the Multi Mode chapter.
To load a patch to a multi slot:
1. Use the Cursors to move to the Slot tab in the upper-right
corner (S#). The number indicates the currently selected
slot of the multi.
2. Turn the Data Dial to select the desired slot (S1–S8) and
then press the Data Dial.
3. Use the Data Dial and Cursors to select and load a patch
(described earlier). That patch will then be loaded to the
slot of the multi. Repeat these steps to load patches to
other multi slots.
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Global Mode
Global Mode lets you set parameters and make changes to
VX49’s general (“global”) settings that are not specific to a
preset.
To navigate this mode:
• Use the Page Left/Right buttons to view each page of
settings.
• Use the Cursors to select the setting you want to edit.
• Use the Data Dial to change a value or setting.
Important: To retain your new settings for future sessions,
save them. To do this, use the Page Right button to move to
the right-most page, select Save Global Settings, and press
the Data Dial. Without saving, the settings will return to their
default settings once you power off your VX49.
Available Global Settings
Below is a list of available global parameters.
Common Channel
VX49 will send its messages over this MIDI channel. This is the same as the MIDI
Ch setting in Main Mode or Setup Mode. You can select any one of Channels A1–
16 or B1–16. The letter of the port (A or B) is relevant for USB MIDI only; the 5-pin
MIDI Out will ignore the port letter.
Note Display Type
This determines whether VX49’s display will show notes as a Name (e.g., C1, F#2,
etc.) or a Number (e.g., 36, 66, etc.).
Screen Brightness
This determines the brightness of VX49’s display. The available range is 1–10.
Transport Format
This determines what type of transport control command VX49’s transport buttons
(Play, Rec, and Stop) send. These can be set to send MIDI (MIDI Start/Stop), CC
(pre-assigned MIDI CC values), MMC (MIDI Machine Control), and MMC/MIDI.
When set to PTEX, transport control messages will be sent only on USB Port B,
Channel 16, regardless of the Common Channel setting. This setting is for use with
Avid® Pro Tools® Express only.
Octave
VX49’s keyboard will be offset by this many octaves. This is the same as the
changing the Oct setting in in Main Mode or Setup Mode or using the Octave
Down/Up buttons. The available range is -4 to +4. 0 indicates the center (no offset).
Transpose
VX49’s keyboard will be transposed by this many semitones. This is the same as the
Trans setting in Main Mode or Setup Mode. The available range is -36 to +36. 0
indicates the center (no transposition).
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Keybed Curve
This is the velocity curve of VX49’s keyboard. The available settings are Linear,
Exp1 (exponential), and Exp2 (exponential).
Keybed Sensitivity
This is the overall velocity sensitivity of VX49’s keyboard. The available range is 1–
10. At 1, it would take a lot of force to generate the maximum velocity value of 127.
At 10, it is fairly easy to generate a maximum-velocity note.
Pad Threshold
This is the velocity threshold to trigger VX49’s pads. This setting can help prevent
false triggering or make it easier to trigger the pads. The available range is 0–15.
Pad Curve
This is the velocity curve of VX49’s pads. The available settings are Linear, Exp1
(exponential), Exp2 (exponential), Log1 (logarithmic), and Log2 (logarithmic).
Pad Sensitivity
This is the overall velocity sensitivity of VX49’s pads. The available range is 1–10. At
1, it would take a lot of force to generate the maximum velocity value of 127. At 10,
it is fairly easy to generate a maximum-velocity note.
Internal Tempo
This is the global tempo in beats per minute (BPM). When VX49 is using its internal
MIDI clock (see Clock Source below), this setting also determines the speed of the
Note Repeat (Roll) feature and Arpeggiator. The available range is 30–300 BPM.
Tap Average
This is the number of times you would need to press Tap Tempo for VX49 to detect
and enter a new tempo. The available range is 2–4.
Tempo LED
When VX49 is using its internal MIDI clock (see Clock Source below), the Tap
Tempo light will flash in time with the current tempo setting. You can turn this
feature On or Off.
Clock Source
This determines whether VX49 uses its Internal MIDI clock or refers to an External
clock (e.g., from a DAW).
Save Global Settings If this setting is selected and its field says Push to save, you can press the Data
Dial to store your global settings. Once the field reads No changes, the global
settings are stored in VX49’s internal memory.
Send Program
If this setting is selected, you can press the Data Dial to send all of VX49’s current
controller settings (encoder positions, switch states, etc.) to your computer
connected to the USB Port or to an external MIDI device connected to the MIDI Out.
Firmware Version
This is VX49’s current firmware version.
Boot ROM
This is VX49’s current read-only memory version.
Factory Reset
If this setting is selected, you can press the Data Dial to restore VX49’s
factory/default settings. Your VX49 will immediately power off and on again with
restored default global settings.
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Control Mode
Control Mode shows you the current settings of VX49’s controls
in VIP. You can access this mode only when using VIP.
Orange/yellow controls are assigned to parameters in VIP.
Green/aqua controls are assigned to MIDI CC messages,
which are sent to your DAW.
To navigate this mode:
• Press the Control mode button to view each set of
controls (encoders, switches, and pads).
• Use the Page Left/Right buttons to view each bank of
that control type.
• Use the Cursors to select a control. Alternatively, turn or
press a control to select it directly.
• Press the Data Dial to enter Control Edit Mode.
Note: By default, all knobs in this mode will be assigned to
parameters in VIP. To assign a knob to your DAW instead,
use Control Edit Mode.
Although Control Mode is preassigned to control VIP (orange/yellow controls), it’s important to understand
that you can edit these assignments so that you can control both VIP (with orange/yellow controls) and your
DAW (with green/aqua controls) in Control Mode. In contrast, MIDI Mode lets you control your DAW only.
You could therefore configure Control Mode in any of the following ways:
•
to control VIP only (the display will show only orange/yellow controls)
•
to control both VIP and your DAW (the display will show a combination of orange/yellow and
green/aqua controls)
•
to control your DAW only (the display will show only green/aqua controls; effectively, this would act as
an additional MIDI Mode)
To learn how to edit your control assignments and parameters, see Control Edit Mode.
See the following sections to learn more about using Control Mode.
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Selecting Controls
In Control Mode, you can select a control (A) to view its settings or (B) to edit it in Control Edit Mode.
To select a control:
1. Select the type of control by pressing the Control mode
button. Each time you press it, the display will show the
next type of control: encoders, switches, and pads.
2. Use the Page Left/Right buttons to select the desired
bank of that control type. For pads, you can alternatively
use the Pad Bank buttons.
3. To select the desired control, do either of the following:
• Turn the desired encoder or press the desired
switch or pad. (The control will send its MIDI
message when you do this.)
• Use the Cursors to select the desired encoder,
switch, or pad in the display. (Use this option if you
do not want the control to send its MIDI message.)
4. To adjust the value or change the state of a control, simply
turn the encoder or press the switch or pad. You can do
this in Control Mode (or Control Edit Mode) or Main Mode.
To edit the selected control’s parameters, press the Data
Dial. See Control Edit Mode to learn more about editing
its parameters.
Adjusting Controls
To adjust the value or change the state of a control, simply turn the encoder or press the switch or pad. You
can do this in Control Mode (or Control Edit Mode) or Main Mode.
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Control Edit Mode
Control Edit Mode lets you edit the parameters of your
controls (minimum values, maximum values, CC or note
numbers, etc.) for the current patch in VIP. You can access
this mode only when using VIP.
Orange/yellow controls are assigned to parameters in VIP.
Green/aqua controls are assigned to MIDI CC messages,
which are sent to your DAW.
Because VIP lets you control multiple patches, make sure you
have selected the one you want before making adjustments
in this mode.
To navigate this mode:
• Press the Control mode button to view each set of
controls (encoders, switches, and pads).
• Use the Page Left/Right buttons to view each bank of
that control type.
• Use the Cursors to select the parameter you want to edit.
• Turn the Data Dial to change a value or setting.
• Press the Data Dial to return to the normal Control Mode
(described earlier).
See the following sections to learn more about using Control
Edit Mode.
Selecting Controls
You can select a control to edit in one of two ways:
•
Select it in Control Mode as described earlier, and then press the Data Dial. The display will
immediately show the control and its parameters.
•
Simply turn the encoder or press the switch or pad. The display will immediately show the control and
its parameters. Use the Page Left/Right buttons at any time to select that control in another bank.
Editing Control Parameters
To edit a control’s parameters, use the Cursors to select the desired parameter, and then turn the Data Dial
to change its value or setting. The new value or setting will take effect immediately; you do not need to
confirm your choice or exit Control Edit Mode.
You can continue to edit other parameters for this control, or you can select another control to edit its
parameters instead.
To exit Control Edit Mode and return to the normal Control Mode, press the Data Dial.
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Available Control Parameters
Below is a list of available parameters for each type of control.
Encoders
Type
This determines whether the encoder controls a parameter for a plugin in VIP (VST
Param; the encoders will be orange/yellow) or sends a MIDI CC message to your
DAW (the encoders will be green/aqua).
Parameter or CC When Type is set to VST Param, this is the parameter for a VST plugin in VIP that is
controlled by the encoder. When Type is set to MIDI CC, this is the MIDI CC number
(upper-left field)
for a parameter in your DAW that the encoder controls.
Min / Max
These determine the lowest (Min) and highest (Max) values. The available range is
0%–100%.
Mode
This determines whether the encoder’s operation is normal (Default) or Bipolar:
•
Default: The encoder’s minimum position corresponds to 0.
•
Bipolar: The encoder’s 12 o’clock position corresponds to 0, while turning it
clockwise from that position will set the parameter to positive values, and turning
it counterclockwise will set it to negative values.
Important: These Mode operations will be reversed if Invert is set to On.
Invert
This determines whether the encoder’s polarity is normal (Off) or inverted (On).
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Switches
Type
This determines whether the switch controls a parameter for a plugin in VIP (VST
Param) or sends a MIDI CC message to your DAW.
Parameter or CC When Type is set to VST Param, this is the parameter for a plugin in VIP that is
controlled by the switch. When Type is set to MIDI CC, this is the MIDI CC number for
(upper-left field)
a parameter in your DAW that the switch controls.
Min / Max
These determine the lowest (Min) and highest (Max) values. The available range is 0%–
100%.
Mode
This determines whether the switch’s operation is Toggle, Momentary, or Step:
•
Toggle: Each time you press the switch, it will turn on or off and remain in that
state until you press it again.
•
Momentary: The switch will be on for as long as you are holding it down. It will
turn off when you release it.
•
Step: The full range of the switch’s parameter (minimum value to maximum
value) will be divided into a number of “steps.” Each time you press the switch,
the value will increase by one step. Once it’s at the maximum value, press the
switch once more to reset it to the minimum value.
For example, if the parameter’s range is 0% to 100% and the range is divided
into 20 steps, pressing the switch each time will increase the value by 5% (Step
1/20). When the value is at 100% (Step 20/20), pressing the switch once will
return it to 0% (Step 0/20).
Important: These Mode operations will be reversed if Invert is set to On.
Steps
When Mode is set to Step, this determines the total number of steps. The available
range is 2–200.
Invert
This determines whether the switch’s polarity is normal (Off) or inverted (On).
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Pads
Important:
In VIP, the pads’ parameters are global. In other words, the pads’ MIDI note and channel assignments are
not associated with a specific plugin or patch.
The pads’ colors will change depending on what bank is currently selected.
Note
This is the MIDI note that the pad will send when you press it.
Tip: You can set whether this appears as a Name (e.g., C1, F#2, etc.) or a Number
(e.g., 36, 66, etc.) in Global Mode.
MIDI Ch
This is the MIDI channel over which the pad will send its MIDI note when you press it.
You can select any one of Channels 1–16.
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MIDI Mode
MIDI Mode shows you the current settings of VX49’s controls
when used with your DAW.
To navigate this mode:
• Press Shift and the Control (MIDI) mode button to view
each set of controls (encoders, switches, and pads).
• When viewing the pads, use the Page Left/Right buttons
to view each pad bank.
• Use the Cursors to select a control. Alternatively, turn or
press a control to select it directly.
• Press the Data Dial to enter MIDI Edit Mode.
See the following sections to learn more about using MIDI Mode.
Selecting Controls
In MIDI Mode, you can select a control (A) to view its settings or (B) to edit it in MIDI Edit Mode.
To select a control:
1. Select the type of control by pressing Shift and the Control (MIDI) mode button. Each time you press
them, the display will show the next type of control: encoders, switches, and pads.
2. If you are viewing the pads, use the Page Left/Right buttons or Pad Bank buttons to select the desired
bank.
3. To select the desired control, do either of the following:
• Turn the desired encoder or press the desired switch or pad. (The control will send its MIDI
message when you do this.)
• Use the Cursors to select the desired encoder, switch, or pad in the display. (Use this option if you
do not want the control to send its MIDI message.)
To adjust the value or change the state of a control, simply turn the encoder or press the switch or pad.
If you’re using VIP, you can do this in MIDI Mode (or MIDI Edit Mode) or Setup Mode. If you’re not using
VIP, you can do this in any mode.
To edit the selected control’s parameters, press the Data Dial. See MIDI Edit Mode to learn more about
editing its parameters.
Adjusting Controls
To adjust the value or change the state of a control, simply turn the encoder or press the switch or pad. If
you’re using VIP, you can do this in MIDI Mode (or MIDI Edit Mode) or Setup Mode. If you’re not using VIP, you
can do this in any mode.
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MIDI Edit Mode
MIDI Edit Mode lets you edit the parameters of your controls
(minimum values, maximum values, CC or note numbers,
etc.) when used with your DAW or external MIDI device.
To navigate this mode:
• Press Shift and the Control (MIDI) mode button to view
each set of controls (encoders, switches, pads,
footswitch, expression pedal, modulation wheel, and
pitch-bend wheel).
• When viewing the pads, use the Page Left/Right
buttons or Pad Bank buttons to select another bank.
• Use the Cursors to select the parameter you want to edit.
Alternatively, turn or press a control to select it directly.
• Turn the Data Dial to change a value or setting.
• Press the Data Dial when viewing an encoder, switch,
or pad page to return to the normal MIDI Mode
(described earlier).
See the following sections to learn more about using MIDI
Edit Mode.
Selecting Controls
You can select a control to edit in a few different ways:
•
To edit an encoder, switch, or pad, select it in MIDI Mode as described earlier, and then press the
Data Dial. The display will immediately show the control and its parameters.
If you are already editing an encoder, switch, or pad, and want to edit another control of the same
type, simply turn or press it. The display will immediately show the control and its parameters. For
pads, use the Page Left/Right buttons or Pad Bank buttons at any time to select another bank.
•
To edit the footswitch, expression pedal, modulation wheel, or pitch-bend wheel, make sure you
are already in MIDI Edit Mode, and then press Shift and the Control (MIDI) mode button to cycle
through all available controls. These additional controls will appear in the display after the pads.
Editing Control Parameters
To edit a control’s parameters, use the Cursors to select the desired parameter, and then turn the Data Dial
to change its value or setting. The new value or setting will take effect immediately; you do not need to
confirm your choice or exit MIDI Edit Mode.
You can continue to edit other parameters for this control, or you can select another control to edit its
parameters instead.
To exit MIDI Edit Mode and return to the normal MIDI Mode, press the Data Dial.
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Available Control Parameters
Below is a list of available parameters for each type of control.
Encoders
Type
This determines whether the encoder sends a MIDI CC message or an
increment/decrement message (Inc/Dec).
CC#
When Type is set to MIDI CC, this is the MIDI CC number that the encoder controls.
The available range is 0–127.
MIDI Channel
This is the MIDI channel over which the encoder will send its MIDI message when you
turn it. You can select the Common Channel (Common:##) or any one of Channels
A1–16 or B1–16.
Min / Max
When Type is set to MIDI CC, these determine the lowest (Min) and highest (Max)
values. The available range is 0–127.
Invert
When Type is set to MIDI CC, this determines whether the encoder’s polarity is
normal (Off) or inverted (On).
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Switches
Type
This determines whether the switch sends a MIDI CC message, Program Change
message (Program Chn), or Program Bank message.
CC#
When Type is set to CC, this is the MIDI CC number that the switch controls. The
available range is 0–127.
Program
When Type is set to Program Chn or Program Bank, this is the Program number that
the switch sends.
MIDI Channel
This is the MIDI channel over which the switch will send its MIDI message when you
press it. You can select the Common Channel (Common:##) or any one of Channels
A1–16 or B1–16.
Mode
When Type is set to CC, this determines whether the switch’s operation is Toggle or
Momentary:
•
Toggle: Each time you press the switch, it will turn on or off and remain in that
state until you press it again.
•
Momentary: The switch will be on for as long as you are holding it down. It will
turn off when you release it. This operation will be reversed if Invert is set to On.
Invert
When Type is set to CC and Mode is set to Momentary, this determines whether the
switch’s polarity is normal (Off) or inverted (On).
MSB / LSB
When Type is set to Program Bank, these determine the Most Significant Bit (MSB)
and Least Significant Bit (LSB) messages. The available range is 0–127.
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Pads
Important: Remember that you can use the Page Left/Right buttons or the Pad Bank buttons to select the
desired bank, which is shown in the upper-left corner of the display.
Note
This is the MIDI note that the pad will send when you press it.
Tip: You can set whether this appears as a Name (e.g., C1, F#2, etc.) or a Number
(e.g., 36, 66, etc.) in Global Mode.
MIDI Channel
This is the MIDI channel over which the pad will send its MIDI note when you press it.
You can select the Common Channel (Common:##) or any one of Channels A1–16
or B1–16.
Aftertouch
If Mode is set to Momentary, this is the type of aftertouch messages the pad will
send after the initial press (if you hold it down).
Mode
•
Off: The pad will not send aftertouch messages.
•
Channel Aftertouch (Chn): The pad will send channel pressure messages.
•
Poly Aftertouch: The pad will send key aftertouch messages.
This determines whether the pad’s operation is Toggle or Momentary:
•
Toggle: Each time you press the pad, it will turn on or off and remain in that
state until you press it again.
•
Momentary: The pad will be on for as long as you are holding it down. It will
turn off when you release it.
On Color / Off Color These determine each pad’s color when pressed/on and when not pressed/off.
The available colors for each setting are: Off (no light), Red, Orange, Amber,
Yellow, Green, Green/Blue, Aqua, Light Blue, Blue, Purple, Pink, Hot Pink,
LtPurple (Light Purple), LtGreen (Light Green), LtPink (Light Pink), and Grey. You
can press and release the pads while selecting your colors to test how they look.
Tip: Select contrasting colors for a pad’s on and off states to easily see your
presses. You could also select different sets of colors for each pad bank to easily
determine which bank is selected.
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Footswitch
Type
This is the type of message that the footswitch will send when you press it. The
footswitch can send a Sustain message, send a MIDI CC message, or act as a
switch for Tap Tempo, Play, Record, Stop, Play/Stop, or Arp On/Off.
Mode
When Type is set to Sustain or MIDI CC, this determines whether the footswitch’s
operation is Toggle or Momentary:
MIDI Channel
•
Toggle: Each time you press the footswitch, it will turn on or off and remain
in that state until you press it again.
•
Momentary: The footswitch will be on for as long as you are holding it down.
It will turn off when you release it.
When Type is set to Sustain or MIDI CC, this is the MIDI channel over which the
footswitch will send its MIDI note when you press it. You can select the Common
Channel (Common:##) or any one of Channels A1–16 or B1–16.
Expression Pedal
MIDI Channel
This is the MIDI channel over which the expression pedal will send its MIDI message
when you turn it. You can select the Common Channel (Common:##) or any one of
Channels A1–16 or B1–16.
CC#
When Type is set to MIDI CC, this is the MIDI CC number that the expression pedal
controls. The available range is 0–127.
Min / Max
When Type is set to MIDI CC, these determine the lowest (Min) and highest (Max)
values. The available range is 0–127.
Invert
When Type is set to MIDI CC, this determines whether the expression pedal’s polarity
is normal (Off) or inverted (On).
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Modulation Wheel
MIDI Channel
This is the MIDI channel over which the modulation wheel will send its MIDI message
when you turn it. You can select the Common Channel (Common:##) or any one of
Channels A1–16 or B1–16.
CC#
When Type is set to MIDI CC, this is the MIDI CC number that the modulation wheel
controls. The available range is 0–127.
Min / Max
When Type is set to MIDI CC, these determine the lowest (Min) and highest (Max)
values. The available range is 0–127.
Invert
When Type is set to MIDI CC, this determines whether the modulation wheel’s polarity
is normal (Off) or inverted (On).
Pitch Wheel
MIDI Channel
This is the MIDI channel over which the pitch-bend wheel will send its MIDI message
when you turn it. You can select the Common Channel (Common:##) or any one of
Channels A1–16 or B1–16.
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Multi Mode
About Multis
Multi Mode lets you use your VX49 to control a multi in
VIP. A multi is collection of 2–8 patches (from 1 or more
plugins). Each patch is assigned to a slot, and each slot
has an assigned color. When using a multi, you can
simultaneously control volume, panning, solos, and mutes
for each slot in a mixer-style interface. You can do this
only when using VIP.
To navigate this mode:
• Use the Page Left/Right buttons to switch between
each view of 4 slots.
• Use the Cursors to select a slot.
• Press the Data Dial to enter Multi Edit Mode.
See the following sections to learn more about using Multi Mode.
Creating and Editing Multis
To create and load patches to a multi:
Note: You need to exit Multi Mode to load patches to a multi.
1. Press Browser to enter Browser Mode.
2. Use the Cursors to move to the Slot tab in the upper-right
corner (S#). The number indicates the currently selected
slot of the multi.
3. Turn the Data Dial to select the desired slot (S1–S8) and
then press the Data Dial.
4. Use the Data Dial and Cursors as you would in Browser
Mode (described in Browser Mode > Loading Patches) to
select and load a patch. That patch will then be loaded to
the slot of the multi. Repeat Steps 2–4 to add more patches.
5. Press Multi to return to Multi Mode.
To clear patches from a multi:
1. In Multi Mode, use the Left/Right Cursors to select the patch you want to clear from the multi.
2. Press the Up Cursor to select Clear Slot in the upper-right corner.
3. Press the Data Dial to clear the slot.
To clear patches from other multi slots, repeat these steps.
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Adjusting Multi Slots
Use the following VX49 controls to adjust the volume,
panning, solos, and mutes for each slot in a multi. The 8
slots correspond to the 8 encoders, switches, and pads.
•
To solo a slot, press its switch. The S button will
light up in the display and its pad will flash. Any
unsoloed slots’ pad lights will turn off.
•
To mute a slot, press its pad. The M button will
light up in the display, and its pad light will turn off.
•
To adjust the volume of a slot, turn its encoder.
The meter will move in the display.
•
To adjust the panning of a slot, press Shift and
turn its encoder. The panning knob will move in the
display.
•
To switch between each view of 4 slots, use the
Page Left/Right buttons. Note that you are always
controlling all 8 slots in Multi Mode, regardless of
which 4 slots you are viewing.
Important: You can still make normal Multi Mode adjustments to all 8 slots even while you are in Multi Edit
Mode. Not all of the parameters will be shown in the display, but they are visible in VIP (and when you return
to the normal Multi Mode).
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Multi Edit Mode
Multi Edit Mode lets you edit the various settings of each slot
when using VX49 (keyboard range, transposition, MIDI
channel, and mute or solo status).
To navigate this mode:
• Use the Cursors to select the parameter you want to edit.
• Use the Data Dial to change a value or setting.
• Press the Multi mode button or Data Dial to return to the
normal Multi Mode (described earlier).
See the following sections to learn more about using Multi Edit Mode.
Editing Multi Slot Parameters
To edit a multi slot’s parameters:
1. Use the Left/Right Cursors to select the desired multi slot. To move between each view of 4 slots, use
the Page Left/Right buttons.
2. Press the Data Dial. The display will immediately show the control and its parameters.
3. To edit a multi slot’s parameters, use the Cursors to select the desired parameter, and then turn the
Data Dial to change its value or setting. The new value or setting will take effect immediately; you do not
need to confirm your choice or exit Multi Edit Mode.
4. To exit Multi Edit Mode and return to the normal Multi Mode, press the Multi mode button or Data Dial.
Important: You can still make normal Multi Mode adjustments to all 8 slots even while you are in Multi Edit
Mode. Not all of the parameters will be shown in the display, but they are visible in VIP (and when you return
to the normal Multi Mode).
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Available Multi Slot Parameters
Below is a list of available parameters for each multi slot.
Lo Key / Hi Key These fields indicate (respectively) the lowest and highest incoming MIDI notes that the slot
will use to play its patch. The slot will ignore any incoming notes outside of this range.
Tip: This is also useful for playing multiple patches simultaneously. Set certain slots’
regions so they overlap others, causing multiple patches to play at the same time,
creating new sounds and tonalities. This also is useful for creating different regions on
your VX49 to play specific patches only. For instance, you could assign 5 nonoverlapping, 2-octave regions of the keyboard to play 5 different patches.
Transpose
The multi slot will be transposed by this many semitones up or down. The available
range is -36 to +36. 0 indicates the center (no transposition). This is useful if you want to
offset the pitches that are available to you on your VX49’s pads.
MIDI Ch
This is the MIDI channel over which the multi slot will send its MIDI message when you
play its patch. You can select All channels or any one of Channels 1–16.
Mute
This is the slot’s current mute status. When this is On, the slot is muted.
Solo
This is the slot’s current solo status. When this is On, all other slots are muted. You can
solo multiple slots simultaneously.
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Timing Functions
Overview
Between your VIP, your DAW, and/or an external MIDI device, your VX49 will be working within a setup that
requires a MIDI clock source. Here are some things to keep in mind when (1) selecting the MIDI clock source
and (2) adjusting/editing any timing-related settings in your setup.
Tempo
External MIDI Clock Source: To use your DAW or external MIDI device as your MIDI clock source, set
VX49’s Clock Source (in Global Mode) to External. Similarly, set the MIDI clock source in your DAW or
external MIDI device to send its clock information out. VX49’s Tap Tempo button will be disabled and its light
will remain off when using an external clock source.
Internal MIDI Clock Source: To use VX49 as your MIDI clock source, set its Clock Source (in Global Mode)
to Internal. Similarly, set your DAW and/or external MIDI device to receive clock information from VX49.
You can set VX49’s internal tempo in either of the following ways:
•
Tap the Tap Tempo button at the desired rate.
•
Adjust the Internal Tempo setting in Global Mode.
The tempo of the MIDI clock source affects VX49’s Arpeggiator and Note Repeat (Roll) features.
Tap Tempo
When VX49’s Clock Source (in Global Mode) is set to Internal, its Tap Tempo button will flash at rate the
current tempo. The button will be disabled and its light will remain off when VX49’s Clock Source is set to
External.
You can use Global Mode to customize the Tap Tempo button’s operation. Use Tap Average to set the
number of times you would need to press Tap Tempo for VX49 to detect and enter a new tempo. Use
Tempo LED to turn the button’s light On or Off.
You can also set a connected footswitch to act as the Tap Tempo button. See MIDI Edit Mode to learn how
to do this.
Time Division
VX49’s time division setting determines how each beat is divided. The setting is a subdivision of the tempo:
1/4, 1/4T, 1/8, 1/8T, 1/16, 1/16T, 1/32, and 1/32T (T denotes a triplet-based time division). This feature
works whether VX49’s Clock Source is set to Internal or External.
You can set the time division by pressing Time Div and pressing one of the 8 switches. Alternatively, set the
Time Division parameter in the configuration pages for the Arpeggiator or Note Repeat (Roll).
Transport Control
The four Transport Control buttons are dedicated buttons for sending conventional transport control
commands: Stop, Play, Record, and Loop (if your software supports this feature). You can use the
Transport Format setting (in Global Mode) to set these buttons to send MIDI (MIDI Start/Stop), CC (preassigned MIDI CC values), MMC (MIDI Machine Control), and MMC/MIDI. The PTEX setting is for use with
Avid® Pro Tools® Express only: transport control messages will be sent only on USB Port B, Channel 16,
regardless of the Common Channel setting.
Important: Your software must be able to loop or repeat in order to use the Loop button. Also, configure the
Transport Format in Global Mode so it communicates properly with your software.
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Arpeggiator
VX49’s Arpeggiator separates chords whose rate is based on the current tempo and time division settings.
The Arpeggiator will function on notes being played on the keyboard only. You can sync the Arpeggiator to
an internal or external MIDI clock source.
To edit the Arpeggiator’s parameters, press and hold Shift and then press Arp. The Arpeggiator’s
parameters will appear in the display.
Type
This is the type of arpeggio a played chord will produce when the Arpeggiator is on.
There are over 100 unique arpeggios to choose from.
Range
This is the total range of the arpeggio in octaves. The available range is 0–3. The
direction depends on the Type.
Swing
This is the amount of swing used in the notes of the arpeggio. The available range is
50%–75%.
Time Div
This is the Arpeggiator’s speed shown as a division of the master tempo or external
clock. The available options are 1/4, 1/4T, 1/8, 1/8T, 1/16, 1/16T, 1/32, and 1/32T.
(T denotes a triplet-based time division.)
Tip: Alternatively, press Time Div so it is lit, and then press one of the 8 switches to
select the time division shown underneath each of them.
Note Len
This is the length of the arpeggiated notes. The available range is 1%–50% of the
current time division setting. (Depending on the currently loaded patch/patches,
adjustments to this setting may not have an obvious effect.)
Note Repeat (Roll)
While VX49’s Note Repeat feature is active, striking a pad causes its note to retrigger at a rate based on the
current tempo and time division settings. You can sync Note Repeat to an internal or external MIDI Clock source.
To edit Note Repeat’s parameters, press and hold Shift and then press Roll.
Swing
This is the amount of swing used in the repeated notes. The available range is 50%–75%.
Time Div
This is the speed of the repeated notes shown as a division of the master tempo or external
clock. The available options are 1/4, 1/4T, 1/8, 1/8T, 1/16, 1/16T, 1/32, and 1/32T.
(T denotes a triplet-based time division.)
Tip: Alternatively, press Time Div so it is lit, and then press one of the 8 switches to
select the time division shown underneath each of them.
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Technical Specifications
Keyboard
49 velocity- and pressure-sensitive keys
10-octave range with Octave Down/Up buttons
Pitch-bend wheel
Modulation wheel
Encoders
8 360° assignable encoders
1 360° encoder with push function for display navigation
Pads
8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, multicolor-backlit
8 assignable button pads, blue-backlit
Switches
23 function switches, blue-backlit
4 directional cursor buttons
Display
3.75” x 2.125” (95.3 mm x 54 mm) full-color LCD
Connections
1 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS expression pedal input
1 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS sustain pedal input
1 5-pin MIDI input
1 5-pin MIDI output
1 USB port
1 power adapter input
Power
via USB or via 9 VDC, 500 mA, center-positive (power adapter sold separately)
Dimensions
37.6” x 12.4” x 5.5”
(width x depth x height)
95.5 cm x 31.5 cm x 11.5 cm
Weight
9.5 lbs.
4.3 kg
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Trademarks and Licenses
Alesis is a trademark of inMusic Brands, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Portions of the VX49 software are Copyright ©2014 The FreeType Project (freetype.org). All rights reserved.
Avid and Pro Tools are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. in the U.S. and other
countries. Pro Tools Express ©2012 Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved.
Kensington and the K & Lock logo are registered trademarks of ACCO Brands.
Mac and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.
VST is a trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.
All other product or company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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