VirusHC – Configure PreSonus Studio One for Mac – Complete Tutorial.
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.
Now that Preferences window is open, click on “External Devices” and choose “Add…” to insert new instrument.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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 briefly display “Plug-in is ready to go!”
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.
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.
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.
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.