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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 Ableton Live

Ableton Live:

From “Options” menu select “Preferences” and click on the MIDI tab.

In the example below, we have our Voyager connected to MIDISPORT 8x8 ports 1 IN and OUT . We want to make sure that Ableton Live does not access those ports so we need to deactivate them.

Start 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.

NOT CONNECTED message informs you that the PluSE could not find the Voyager on any ports or the Voyager has not responded.

In such case, check manually Voyager Master settings called “MIDI Input   ON”  and MIDI Output ON” just in case they were turned OFF. Please note, you may have to exit the MASTER mode for MIDI communication to work.

 

To verify the MIDI SETUP, click on the MIDI button:.

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.

 

Now you can test VST automation by manually turning Voyager knobs that are assigned to some parameters or use PlugSE knob controls. All movements will be drawn on the automation track.

Let’s configure Voyager PlugSE parameters for playing. Click on Configure button: Move any control on the PlugSE screen and it will be added to Live’s list.

Shortly, Ableton Live will display all Voyager automation parameters and you should be ready to play, record make custom envelopes and etc.

You are ready now to play, record, make custom envelopes etc.

If  you like to like to play notes through the PlugSE using your external keyboard controller,  you may have to make proper settings in Ableton Live to route MIDI signals to the PlugSE. In our setup we selected Kurzweil PC3K keyboard.