PulseX – Prepare your DAW for our plug-in (PC)

DAW Settings

You can jump over to First run / Plug-in scan step, if your synthesizer is NOT used as a master keyboard in your RIG. However, we recommend to add at least Virtual MIDI Out port for the connections. DAW Application specified instructions below ie Live, Cubase etc.

Before we jump ahead to launch our DAW, lets do some tweaks in our system to ensure the plug-in can work with maximum efficiency. For that, we are going to need some additional tools.

  1. MIDIOX for making routings behind the scenes and
  2. LoopMIDI to create virtual MIDI ports.

We recommend to install old but trusty MIDIOX application for Windows to make some virtual routings behind the scenes. You can download MIDIOX from here: http://www.midiox.com/zip/midioxse.exe OR go to MIDIOX website http://www.midiox.com and download the installer there.

Second application is loopMIDI by Tobias Erichsen which is perfect for creating Virtual MIDI cables inside your workstation. You can download loopMIDI from here: https://www.tobias-erichsen.de/software/loopmidi.html


Install MIDIOX and loopMIDI

Install both MIDIOX and loopMIDI prior to running MIDIOX. It is important to have both installed especially if you use a synthesizer which is used as a master keyboard in your setup!


Configure loopMIDI

Now that loopMIDI is installed, we can configure the ports. This is pretty straight forward, but we will guide you through.

First up, open the loopMIDI settings dialog from the Windows menu bar

Right click on loopMIDI icon open the menu for Configuration
Type in “Pulse VMIDI In” for New port-name and click + button to add the port
Type in “Pulse VMIDI Out” for New port-name and click + button to add the port. Close the window from upper right corner.

loopMIDI ports are now configured and ready to be assigned in MIDIOX.


Configure MIDIOX

There are few steps to take in MIDIOX, but it will be worth the trouble to get data passing from the synthesizer in to your DAW as well as in the plug-in withoutcrashing your session.

Search MIDI-OX from windows startup menu and open it
MIDIOX Step 1 – Click the MIDI plug icon in MIDIOX to configure ports
MIDIOX Step 2 – Choose MIDI ports as explained below and click OK to exit

MIDI Inputs: I’ve chosen 01 Ethernet MIDI to represent hardware MIDI Device ie MOTU microlite Port 1 In and loopMIDI port Pulse VMIDI Out.

You might wonder why it’s opposite to Pulse VMIDI In, but there is a reason for that. Once we do the routing in MIDIOX, the names would appear in opposite order, making it nuts to choose Pulse VMIDI Out in our DAW as a MIDI Input. That might not make sense at this point, but trust me, I’ve done this quite a few times now.

MIDI Outputs: I’ve chosen 02 Ethernet MIDI to represent hardware MIDI Device ie MOTU microlite Port 1 Out and loopMIDI port Pulse VMIDI In.

Same idea here with Pulse VMIDI In chosen at MIDI Outputs as explained above with MIDI Inputs.

MIDIOX Step 3 – Click the Route icon in MIDIOX to configure port routings
MIDIOX Step 4 – All routings are wired automatically. Click the gray dot on one of the lines and choose “Disconnect All”
MIDIOX Step 5 – Make new connections by dragging a cable from Hardware Input port to Pulse VMIDI In and vice versa for Pulse VMIDI Out connection
MIDIOX Step 6 – Click the cable dot and open the connection properties. Uncheck System boxes and click ok. Do the same for each connection.
MIDIOX Step 7 – All configuration completed! You can now minimize the application to menu bar.

Ok thats it! Remember to open up MIDIOX each time you start your session in order to make the virtual connections live in the background before you start your DAW.


First run / Plug-in scan

Ok, all the wiring is done (phew!) so we can safely open our DAW and start the plug-in scanning process.

If the plug-in scan fails, please open the Editor LOG file and check if it ends to reading a patch file like this:

PATCH LIBRARIAN: loaded file C:\Users\yourUserName\Documents\Mystery Islands Music\Waldorf PulseX Editor\Patches\Soundset X.pls

If that is the case, move the Soundset X.mid or .pls to another location and try to scan the plug-in again. If it fails again, redo the process until the scan is successful.


In our next step, we will take a look at the DAW settings in detail, before starting the ultimate tweaking!

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