PulseX – Configuring Image Line FL Studio (Mac)

PulseX – Configure Image Line FL Studio for Mac – Complete Tutorial.

Entering MIDI Settings

To avoid time-out and data-loop situations, we have to make few minor changes in FL Studio MIDI Settings window.

First, open the MIDI Settings by clicking MIDI Settings from Options menu.

Image Line FL Studio Configuration Step 1 – Open MIDI Settings window to make some adjustments

Now that MIDI settings window is open, make sure Pulse / Pulse+ MIDI Input is not being assigned to the project. You can assign Pulse / Pulse+ MIDI Out to your desired port.

In images below, I’m going to assign Pulse MIDI Out to port 1 and CS6x MIDI Input to port 0 and use it as a generic controller.

Image Line FL Studio Configuration Step 2 – Make sure Pulse / Pulse+ Inputs are toggled OFF
Image Line FL Studio Configuration Step 3 – Assign MIDI Out to Pulse / Pulse+

Once you’ve assigned your ports, you can close the MIDI Settings window and we can focus on inserting the plug-in.


Insert the plug-in

At long last, we can finally add our PulseX plug-in to the arrangement. If you don’t have Instrument tracks in your project, simply add one by dragging the plug-in from “browser” window to the rack.

Image Line FL Studio Configuration Step 4 – Drag and drop PulseX Editor to the Channel Rack

Plug-in GUI will open up once you’ve dragged the plug-in in the Channel rack.

Image Line FL Studio Configuration Step 5 – Waldorf PulseX GUI

Make the connection, again.

Waldorf PulseX is now inserted and we are ready to take next measures for successful connection.

You can also see that plug-in says it is registered (follow steps here) as I’ve inserted my license.key properly.

Next we can choose MIDI IN port, which is where our Pulse/Pulse+ is connected in at and also MIDI Out port which sends data to Pulse/Pulse+.

Image Line FL Studio Configuration Step 6 – Select MIDI Input port from MIDI IN dropdown menu
Image Line FL Studio Configuration Step 7 – Select MIDI Output port from MIDI OUT dropdown menu

Once you select MIDI OUT Port, plug-in will start to seek for the Pulse/Pulse+ on that specific Port while listening to Hardware messages from the selected input port. Once the connection is successfully established, plug-in display will say “Plug-in is ready to go!” as we can see below.

Image Line FL Studio Configuration Step 8 – PulseX synchronized with Hardware

Learn how to store your default settings without the need of selecting MIDI ports each time plug-in is inserted, check the Article “How to store Plug-in Settings as defaults


Synchronizing Notes to DAW Delay Compensation

Our best experience to synchronize notes with your DAW is to use the DAW built-in compensation features. In Image Line FL Studio this means that you should be automatically delay compensated with MIDI, Instrument and Audio Tracks.

Next we will add new MIDI track in arrangement window.

Why separate MIDI track? Our plug-in can not get delay compensation data from the DAW, because we do not process audio with it. Therefore MIDI goes out from our plug-in immediately, without any respect to DAW delay values.

Image Line FL Studio Configuration Step 9 – Drag and drop MIDI Out to Channel Rack

Now that we have dragged MIDI Out Generator in to the Channel Rack, lets make some adjustments to the settings. Make sure to point the port number to the same port which we assigned to Pulse / Pulse+ in the MIDI Settings dialog. In our case, we used port 1.

Image Line FL Studio Configuration Step 10 – Assign Port to Pulse / Pulse+ MIDI Out port defined in MIDI Settings

Now we can start making patterns / chords or what ever it is you do.


Automating Parameters in FL Studio

Now that we have learned how to setup PulseX plug-in and MIDI track in arrange window, we can take a look how to manage automation. Automation is pretty simple now that we have our MIDI blocks on their own track (dragging and dropping objects does not trigger annoying popups).

To get parameter automation going, open the plug-in GUI and click “arrow” button in the top left corner of the plug-in window. You can see a menu appearing. Choose “Browse Parameters”. Then choose the desired parameter from the browser window and automate it. See images below.

Image Line FL Studio Configuration Step 11 – Click small arrow to reveal menu and choose “Browse Parameters”
Image Line FL Studio Configuration Step 12 – Choose desired parameter and right click -> Create automation clip

Since we are no experts in FL Studio, we assume you know how to automate everything yourself. We drew the automation lanes manually in the arrangement window. MIDI notes are on separate MIDI channel pointing to Pulse / Pulse+ MIDI Out port.

Image Line FL Studio Configuration Step 13 – MIDI Chords and Automation on their own tracks

Thats it for our Image Line FL Studio guide. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding to this guide, leave a comment below!


In our next chapter, we are going to take a look at PulseX plug-in special parameters and functions which are not available in the original hardware.


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