Waldorf Pulse2X Setup (Chapter 1)

User Manual Chapter 1 – Pulse2X Setup

for Waldorf Pulse2X Editor & Librarian plug-in by Mystery Islands Music

v1.0.1 – 2020-03-30

Prepare your Synthesizer to work with the Plug-in

The following content is critical in order to make the communication functional between the plug-in and the synthesizer:

  • Make sure you have direct connections between your Pulse 2 and your DAW with MIDI or USB.
    • Pulse 2 MIDI out to MIDI device MIDI in.
    • MIDI device MIDI out to Pulse 2 MIDI in.
  • Make sure your Pulse 2 is powered up and double check your MIDI connections.

Pulse 2 Setup Instructions

Click and hold SHIFT + Global and apply the settings below:

  • MIDI CHANNEL                             =                   1
  • MIDI THRU                                     =                   OFF
  • TX ARP CLOCK                              =                   OFF
  • TX ARP NOTES                              =                   OFF
  • TX PARAMETERS                          =                   CC+SYS
  • DEVICE ID                                      =                   0 (If you have multiple units, make sure they have different ID).

Now you can click Exit and move to next step!

Insert the Plug-in into your Project

First Run / Plug-in Scan

After reading the configuration guide for Setting MIDI Devices and configuration guide for your DAW, we can safely open the plug-in in 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 Pulse2X Editor\Patches\Soundset X.pl2  

If that is the case, move the Soundset X.mid or .pl2 to another location and try to scan the plug-in again. If it fails again, redo the process until the scan is successful. There might be several soundsets which are not compatible with the plug-in for some reason – If you would like us to figure the issue out, head down to our forums and start a new thread. From there you can do private reply to your own message with the soundset attached and so we can investigate it. 

Register plug-in with license.key

First of all, we couldn’t be happier that you have decided to support our long journey of coding this plug-in, constantly improving it and drawing the graphics ourselves! THANK YOU.

Registered owners can enjoy the full advantages of the plug-in, like:

  • Plug-in parameters can be automated directly from your DAW.
  • Librarian is fully functional and allows full editing possibilities.
  • Total Recall: Once you open your project after your last session, all the the data used in your previous session will be automatically sent to your synthesizer.
  • Lifetime free support and lifetime free updates!

If you purchased plug-in license from our store, you can download the lisence.key from https://www.mysteryislands-music.com/my-account/orders/ page after you login.

Then navigate to the order which contains the plug-in order and you can download the license.key from there. Once the download is finished, make sure it is called “ license.key “, not “ license.key.txt “.

Download the FULL version installer from https://www.mysteryislands-music.com/downloads/ before you proceed and run the installer. Make sure to choose either 32- or 64-bit installer depending of your setup.

Manually placing the license.key

If you have plug-in inserted to your project, now it is time to delete the track / plug-in instance from your DAW.

Move the license.key manually to plug-in data folder (see location mentioned on page 9). Before you continue, check and make sure the license is called license.key ! If all is good, you can now re-insert your plug-in to your DAW. Image below from macOS.

Register Plug-in from User Interface

Once you’ve installed the FULL version and you have your plug-in user interface opened, enter Browser [1], click Bank Edit [2] and choose Register Plug-in [3] from the menu once you open the plug-in in your DAW for the first time.

A file dialog will popup and you must navigate to the downloads folder and select the license.key from there.

After you have chosen the license.key, remove the plug-in instance from your DAW and insert it again. Plug-in display should now indicate “REGISTERED” under the JP-80×0 logo.

IF the plug-in shows “** DEMO VERSION **” you haven’t installed the FULL version yet or you might have the plug-in installed in several locations! Check solution from Troubleshooting section.

[macOS] Filter incoming MIDI data from physical port

I would like to point out that in order to prevent duplicate MIDI data flow passing to our plug-in, take a good look at your DAW user guide how to filter or block MIDI messages from external devices. 

Here is an example: I’m using Pulse 2 and Pulse2X plug-in in my project. If I move a Filter Cutoff knob from the synth, it will send MIDI out data to physical MIDI device. Now, from there, your DAW will process this message and pass it into your record / monitor enabled track if it is not blocked / filtered. We don’t need this data to pass thru twice since we are going to open the physical ports in the plug-in user interface. I hope that made sense 🤨

[Windows] Disable physical MIDI ports from your DAW

One of the most important things, especially on Windows platform is that you disable your physical MIDI ports which are used to connect your synthesizer from your DAW settings and make sure that the ports are not used within your DAW at all! If the port is used inside your DAW and you try to assign MIDI input / MIDI output in the plug-in, it will crash hard and you might lose your work!

Check the How-To tutorials section to learn more about your DAW procedure.

Selecting MIDI In and MIDI Out

First choose MIDI IN [1], where your Pulse 2 MIDI Out is connected in at. Then choose MIDI OUT [2] which will send data to your Pulse 2 MIDI Input.

After setting MIDI OUT, plug-in will scan for the hardware and auto-detect the Device ID if there is no immediate response. Plug-in Control Display [1] will say “Plug-in is ready to go!”, when system settings are received from the Pulse 2.

Advanced MIDI Settings

We included Advacend MIDI Settings function to Pulse2X plug-in so that you can control which messages gets processed and which do not. You can open Advaced MIDI Settings window from by clicking ADV. MIDI SETTINGS [1]button in the plug-in user interface.

You can block messages being processed from DAW or from the Synthesizer itself. Settings seen in the image below are default values.

Synchronize DATA from your synthesizer to plug-in

Open PATCH LIBRARIAN [1] window and click SYNC DATA FROM HW [2] button to request current Patch data to the plug-in user interface.

Plug-in will now request the currently active hardware data to the plug-in user interface. This is quite important in order to make program changes and / or send data to your synthesizer from the librarian.

Plug-in Control Display [1] will show “Data request completed!” message once data has been synchronized. Now you can tweak your sounds as you wish.

If something in your settings is wrong, Plug-in Control Display [1] will inform you that the process has timed out or no response from Pulse 2!

TIP #1: Be patient and do not disturb the data flow with any knob movements or so. This will ensure the data packages are being sent as supposed and you are not going to receive any SysEx error messages! While making changes to your patch, might be good to stop playback too.

DAW Specific Instructions

Below you can find a series of PDF links to get your system running smooth and safe without hick-ups. 

Pay attention to Setting MIDI devices in your DAW guide, which is ultimately the most important guide to check out. We will go more in detail with different DAW guides as well. Instructions are written for Roland JP-80×0 plug-in, so you must adapt the settings to your Pulse2X.

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