VirusHC – Configure PreSonus Studio One (Mac)

VirusHC – Configure PreSonus Studio One for Mac – Complete Tutorial.

Entering Preferences

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

First, open the Preferences by clicking Preferences… from Studio One menu.

PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 1 – Open Preferences window

Now that Preferences window is open, click on “External Devices” and choose “Add…” to insert new instrument.

PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 2 – Enter External Devices and click Add… to create ports for Virus

“Add Device” dialog will open up. Populate these fields with the Virus details. Make sure to leave Receive From as None, because we don’t want to mess the data flow from two sources at the same time.

PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 3 – Populate fields with Virus details, leave Input to None!

Optionally you can toggle on Send MIDI Clock from Device dialog, if that is something your project requires.

You can close Add Device dialog now by clicking OK and then close Preferences dialog by clicking OK again.


Insert the plug-in

First of all, lets create a new project.

PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 4 – Create new Song, if you don’t have a project open already

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 clicking the “browse” button in the bottom right corner of the Arrange window.

PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 5 – Click browse and choose VirusHC Editor x64 from the Instruments list

Click on the Instruments tab in the browser view and locate VirusHC Editor x64 from the list. You can use either AudioUnit or VST, the choice is yours. Drag and drop the VirusHC Editor x64 from the instruments list in to the arrangement window.

PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 6 – Drag and Drop the VirusHC Editor x64 to the arrangement window
PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 7 – Access VirusHC GUI

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.

PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 8 A – Open Multi Settings Page
PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 8 B – Choose your Virus model accordingly
PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 8 C – Match Device ID with hardware

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.

PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 9 – Select MIDI Input port from MIDI IN dropdown menu
PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 10 – Select MIDI Output port from MIDI OUT dropdown menu

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 briefly display “Plug-in is ready to go!”

PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 11 – VirusHC 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 PreSonus Studio One this means that you should be automatically delay compensated with MIDI, Instrument and Audio Tracks.

Next we will add new MIDI tracks in arrangement window.

Why separate MIDI tracks? 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.

PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 12 – Click “plus” sign to add New tracks
PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 13 – Create new MIDI tracks and point them to Virus MIDI port
PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 14 – Make sure each MIDI track points to different channel

When all MIDI channels point to different channels, we can play each of the 16 parts individually.


Automating Parameters in Studio One

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).

All you have to do, is click “Show Automation” and then click on the Instrument channel Parameter dropdown menu to add and manage available parameters. See images below.

PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 15 – Click “Show Automation” to toggle automation mode on
PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 16 – Click “Add / Remove” to add and manage parameters available
PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 17 – Choose parameters you wish to use and click Add

After clicking Add, parameters will appear in the arrangement instrument track. You can now freely draw in your automation lanes and do MIDI on it’s own track.

PreSonus Studio One Configuration Step 18 – Draw automation in instrument track and add MIDI tracks to its own track

Thats it for our PreSonus Studio One 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.


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