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The PlugSE VST dll file should be placed in the VST plugins folder. Depending on the VST host that folder could be located in various places on you hard drive. In case of Steinberg’s Cubase this folder is located in the Cubase directory and it is called “Vstplugins”. In Ableton Live the Vst folder can be selected and defined in Preferences.

 

The PlugSE is designed to serve as a bridge between the host and the Voyager and in principle the Voyager should be connected directly to the PlugSE via MIDI. By default, most of the VST hosts are set to grab all MIDI ports on startup and this may create a connection problem for PlugSE users.

 

Many MIDI interfaces are not multi-client - this means that ports can be opened and used only by one application at a time. It also means that in practice, after you start the host application the host may first access and open MIDI ports that your Voyager is connected to and prevent the PlugSE from accessing the same ports later on.  

 

Even if your MIDI interface is multi-client and it is connected to the Voyager it is still advisable to deactivate MIDI ports the Voyager is using in the host MIDI setup in order to avoid double MIDI messages being send or received. The PlugSE will handle all MIDI messaging and the connection between the Voyager MIDI and the host is not needed.

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Voyager PlugSE™ Setup in Windows and Cubase

Cubase:

From “Devices” menu select “VST Instruments” and load the Voyager PlugSE.

For example, we have our Voyager connected to MIDISPORT 8x8 ports 1 IN and OUT. We want to make sure that Cubase does not access those ports so we need to deactivate them in the Device Setup.

Also, Synchronization Setup should be checked if Cubase does not sent MIDI clock to our MIDISPORT Port 1:

In Track Inspector you can select Voyager PlugSE for IN and OUT. This will allow to record and playback notes, pitch wheel, modulation and other MIDI data.

On start-up the Voyager PlugSE, the PlugSE will automatically search for the Voyager on all available ports. If everything is set up correctly, you should notice the “MOOG VOYAGER ON LINE” message. If not, a warning message will inform you about incorrect Voyager Global settings.

Here you can manually set MIDI In and Out ports and configure other MIDI routings. The Scan button runs the same MIDI port scan as when the PlugSE was started.

 

Another important setting is the Voyager MIDI channel. It should be set to match the PlugSE’ MIDI channel.

Now, you should be able to play Voyager’s keys, pitch or modulation wheel and the PlugSE piano should respond showing keys and wheels movement.  Playng PlugSE piano keys should also result in notes playing on the Voyager.

 

Enable plugin Read and Write and you can test VST automation by manually turning Voyager knobs or adjusting PlugSE controls. All movements will be drawn on the automation track.