With the Alesis VX49 USB/MIDI controller keyboard, you can load up your favorite VST software synthesizers, samplers and drum machines as if you were working on a standalone keyboard workstation. The included VIP software scans your instrument plug-ins, indexes all of their presets, maps out the controls, and allows you to switch sounds and tweak parameters on the fly, without ever touching your mouse. This article walks through how to setup the Alesis VX49 with PreSonus Studio One.
Note: VX49 does have driver software in order for the midi controller work with the VIP software. please make sure the driver is installed.
On the VX49 itself, on page 3 of the GLOBAL menu (SHIFT + BROWSER), set the Clock Source setting to External. This will set the VX49 to wait for Studio One MIDI Clock signal and synchronize the timing of the arpeggiator/NoteRepeat.
While in the GLOBAL menu, go to page 1 and change the Transport Format to CC. This will help for the next section about MIDI mappnig controls.
Save the Changes in page 4 of the GLOBAL menu. Now your VX49 is ready to control Studio One.
Open Studio One
In the Options window, you will now see the VX49 controller listed. Create a second device by clicking on Add...
In the window that opens, choose New Instrument, change the Device Name to your VX49 controller, set the Send To drop-down menu to the VX49 controller, and put a check in the boxes next to Send MIDI Clock and Use MIDI Clock Start. Press OK.
Press OK in the Options window.
Studio One allows you to create custom MIDI mappings for any MIDI controller. You can use this feature to map the VX49 transport controls as well as the rotary knobs and buttons. While the VIP software will take care of mapping the knobs and buttons to your VST Instruments automatically, you can still program the VX49 to controls to control Studio One for whatever you'd like (volume faders, pan, track zoom, etc...). Here is a walkthrough of mapping MIDI controls in Studio One.
As noted in the first section, be sure the VX49's Transport Format is set to CC (in the VX49's GLOBAL menu). Also, make sure the VX49 is currently on the Studio One preset. To do this, press the MAIN button, scroll to Studio One, and push the data dial to enter.
Back in Studio One, click the MIDI Learn button to it is highlighted blue.
On the VX49, press each Transport Control once (Stop, Play, Loop, Record). You will see each of the controls appear in the MIDI Learn window as you press them.
You can obtain the included software for the Alesis VX49 by registering the product on the Alesis website. Here you can create your account, and then register your keyboard to have immediate access to your software downloads. The page will look like the picture shown below.
When VIP is not open, the VX49 will be controlling Studio One in what is called MIDI Mode. When the VX49 is controlling an open instance of VIP, is it called Control Mode. While controlling VIP, you can quickly switch to MIDI Mode by pressing SHIFT+CONTROL on the VX49. This way you can quickly switch back and forth between VIP and Studio One control. Finally, individual knobs and buttons in the VIP software presets can be assigned to the VST Parameter (by default), or to a MIDI CC value by clicking the parameter below each control.
Here is a walkthrough of VST plugin controls in Studio One
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