VirusHC – 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.
Now that MIDI settings window is open, make sure Virus MIDI Input is not being assigned to the project. You can assign Virus MIDI Out to your desired port.
In images below, I’m going to assign Virus MIDI Out to port 1 and CS6x MIDI Input to port 0 and use it as a generic controller.
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 VirusHC 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.
Plug-in GUI will open up once you’ve dragged the plug-in in the Channel rack.
Make the connection, again.
Access VirusHC 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.
Before selecting MIDI input and output, lets make sure our model is selected properly and make sure the Device ID matches with the hardware setting.
Next we can choose MIDI IN port, which is where our Virus is connected in at and also MIDI Out port which sends data to Virus.
Once you select MIDI OUT Port, plug-in will start to seek for the Virus 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.
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(s) 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.
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 Virus in the MIDI Settings dialog. In our case, we used port 1. Channel is set to 1.
For demonstrating purposes, we are gonna add one more MIDI track to show how to play part 2 from the Virus.
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 VirusHC 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.
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 Virus MIDI Out port.
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 VirusHC plug-in special parameters and functions which are not available in the original hardware.