Alesis VI Series - Setup with FL Studio

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The Alesis VI series is an advanced USB/MIDI keyboard MIDI controller that lets you take command of your music software with a series of pads, knobs, and buttons. With velocity-sensitive semi-weighted keys with aftertouch and Octave Up/Down buttons, you can expand the keyboard to the full melodic range and play bass lines, chords, and melodies.  This articles walks through how to setup the VI series controller with FL Studio.

 

Contents 

 

 FL Studio Software Setup
  1. Open FL Studio.

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  2. From the top menu, choose Options > MIDI Settings.

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  3. In the window that opens, choose the VI series keyboard under Output, choose the VI keyboard under Input, and click on the box next to Enable as shown in the image below.  Also, to ensure synchronization for functions such as the Arpeggiator, click on the box next to Send master sync and ensure Synchronization type: is set to MIDI clock.

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Virtual Instruments and Plugins
 
Adjusting the FL Studio Plugin Sources 

If you have difficulty locating a plugin within the FL Studio software, be sure Cubase is reading plugins from the correct location where your plugins are installed. To do this:

  1. From the top menu toolbar in FL Studio, choose Options > File Settings.

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  2. In the window that opens, click on the akai mpk2 flstudio vi 2a button under VST plugins extra search folder.

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  3. Browse to the location of your installed VST plugins and press OK.

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  4. Close the Settings window.

 

 

Default Plugin Installation Locations

 

AIR Hybrid 3 Default Installation Locations:

 

Windows:

 

32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\VstPlugins\
64-bit: C:\Program Files\vstplugins

 

Mac:

 

(AU): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > Components
(VST): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST

 

 

 

SONiVOX Twist 2 Default Installation Locations:

 

Windows:

 

32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\SONiVOX\VstPlugins\
64-bit: C:\Program Files\vstplugins

 

Mac:

 

(AU): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > Components
(VST): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST

 

 

 

SONiVOX Eighty Eight Default Installation Locations:

 

Windows:

 

32-bit and 64-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\SONiVOX\VstPlugins\

 

Mac:

 

(AU): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > Components
(VST): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST

 

 

 

 

 

AIR XPAND! 2

 

FL Studio does not allow for native use of VST instruments however, FL Studio has a built-in VST wrapper which does allow for the inclusion of third-party VST instruments. Because of the use of this wrapper, Xpand2! can open and be used in FL Studio, however the VI series series controller will not automatically map to the various functions in Xpand!2.  To load Xpand!2 in FL Studio and then manually MIDI map various controls on the VIseries series controller to Hybrid, follow the steps suggested below.

 

 

 

  1.  Open FL Studio

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  2. Right-click on an instrument button and choose Insert > More... 

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  3. In the window that opens, locate Xpand and/or Xpand_x64 and click on the box just to left of it to add an F to the box and allow FL Studio to use the plugin.  If the plugin name is red, that is because it is the first time the plugin has been scanned and added to the FL Studio plugin list.  Close the Select generator plugin window.

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  4. Next, right-click on an instrument and choose Insert > Xpand! 2

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  5. A new instrument insert will be created and the Xpand! 2 interface will open.

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Further Technical Support

 

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Pro product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Akai Pro technical support team is available to help!

 

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.