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Access Virus Editor Chapter 2 – Getting Started

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Everything you need to know about our product install, setup steps, configuration and usage of various features

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v3.0.0 - 2022-Sep-30

PREPARE YOUR SYNTHESIZER FOR THE EDITOR

First, we need to make sure the hardware is ready to communicate with the software.

Connect the MIDI cables to the MIDI interface and Audio Jacks to your console / sound card. MIDI out from synth to MIDI interface IN and vice versa. No MIDI thru or other ports.

  • MIDI Out from MIDI interface to Virus MIDI In port.
  • MIDI Out from Virus to MIDI interface MIDI In port.
    • double check your cables!
  • Audio from Virus Out 1-2 to console or sound card inputs.
    • Add more audio cables from Virus output ports as needed.

 

Note for Virus TI Users: If you plan to use MIDI cables instead of USB connection, UNPLUG the USB cable from your Virus or the editor won’t be able to establish the connection.

When USB is plugged in, Virus MIDI ports act as a MIDI interface for external equipment.

Wiring diagram example

Note that USB connection between Virus TI and computer is not needed if you have good enough MIDI interface in your setup.

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Virus Editor User Manual – If MIDI is used, unplug the USB cable

Power up your Virus. Our editor is designed to work “out of the box” and control all parameters from single application instance.

Note: Our editor is designed to work only in multi-mode. Single mode is not supported and will never be. There is zero benefit of using the Virus in single mode.

In fact, when Virus is in multimode, you have 16 single mode instances of Virus available!

Configure Virus A, B, C, Rack and Rack XL series

After Virus is powered up, enter Global settings and apply following settings.

Note: Menu and Button examples from Virus C user manual.

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Virus Editor User Manual – Enter Multi mode

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Virus Editor User Manual – Enter Global settings

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Virus Editor User Manual – Use value buttons

Use PARAMETER buttons to find and VALUE buttons to adjust following parameters

If parameter is not mentioned, you can skip it and navigate forward.

MIDI DUMP RX = Enable
Global Channel = 16
Panel = Int+Midi
SoftThru = Off
ProgChange = Ena
DeviceId = 1
MIDI Control LoPage = Contr
MIDI Control HiPage = SysEx
System MemProtect = Off
External Clock Note: Arpeggiator will not play unless DAW is unable to provide MIDI Clock. Windows: Check our method of using MIDI OX and LoopBe together to provide MIDI clock from DAW to your synth.

Configure Virus TI and TI Snow series

After Virus is powered up, enter System settings and apply following settings.

Note: Menu and Button examples from Virus TI user manual.

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Virus Editor User Manual – Enter Multi mode

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Virus Editor User Manual – Enter Config menu

Use PARAMETER buttons to find and VALUE buttons to adjust following parameters

If parameter is not mentioned, you can skip it and navigate forward.

Knob Behavior Target Internal+MIDI
System 4/5 Mem Protect Disabled
MIDI 1/3 Global Channel 16
MIDI 1/3 MIDI Device ID 1
MIDI 1/3 Soft Thru Off
MIDI 3/3 Program Change Enabled
Receive MIDI Dump Receive Dump Enable
MIDI Control Page A Controller Data
MIDI Control Page B SysEx

All set! We are now ready to open our plug-in in DAW!

To get more information about how to adjust your synth, read the Access Virus User Manual.

External Clock Note: Arpeggiator will not play unless DAW is unable to provide MIDI Clock. Windows: Check our method of using MIDI OX and LoopBe together to provide MIDI clock from DAW to your synth.

PREPARE YOUR DAW FOR THE PLUG-IN

Check configuration guide for your system from the plug-in / standalone application below. Start from the “Setting MIDI Devices” guide and then check your DAW guide.

Guides can be found from the data folder. See above for data locations on our HDD.

 

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Insert the plug-in into your project

First Run / Plug-in Scan

After the configuration guide of Setting MIDI Devices and configuration guide of your DAW, we can safely open the plug-in and start the plug-in scanning process.

If the plug-in scan fails, please try to validate it again. If the plug-in won’t validate, contact our support to enable logging for further inspection.

macOS NOTE #1: If errors started to appear after updating the product, navigate to

Macintosh HD/Library/AURA Plugins/ 
- remove “product name” folder, i.e. Waldorf Blofeld Editor and...
- remove “Shared” folder.

Install the product again and try to validate the plug-in again.

NOTE #2: Your Computer GPU must have support for Open GL 2.1 graphics or greater.

REGISTER PLUG-IN OR APPLICATION WITH LICENSE

First of all, we couldn’t be happier that you have decided to support our long journey of coding this product, 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.
  • You can save your UI Data (full arrangement) to HDD.
  • You can save your MIDI CC maps to HDD.
  • Total Recall: Once you open your project after your last session, all the data used in your previous session will be automatically sent to your synthesizer.
  • Get tech support and updates with lifetime license or while subscription is active!

If you purchased plug-in / application license from our store, download the license and the full installer from
https://auraplugins.com/downloads/access-virus-editor/ after you login.

Unzip the full installer and run it from your computer. If installer fails, try again as follows:
Right click the installer and choose “open”. You can safely ignore all warnings.

Manually placing the license file

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

Rename license.key to “Access Virus Editor.license” manually and copy it to the plug-in data folder (see location mentioned earlier). If all is good, you can now re-insert your plug-in to your DAW.

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Virus Editor User Manual – License file location in macOS

Register product from User Interface

Method #1

Click the top left corner of the user interface where the plug-in / application says, “RELOAD LICENSE [1]”. New window will open to prompt for license [2]. Locate the license [3] and hit OK to register. See image below.

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Virus Editor User Manual – Register method #1

Method #2

Once you’ve installed the FULL version and you have your plug-in / application user interface opened, enter Patch Librarian [1], click Bank Edit [2] and choose Register Plugin… [3]. A file prompt dialog will pop up just like in the image above.

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Virus Editor User Manual – Register method #2

After you have chosen the license file, remove the plug-in instance from your DAW and insert it again. Plug-in / Application display should now indicate “REGISTERED” in the top left corner.
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.

FILTER INCOMING MIDI DATA FROM PHYSICAL PORT

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 the hardware.

Here is an example: I am using Virus C and our Virus Editor plug-in in my project. If I move a Filter Cutoff knob from the synthesizer, it will send MIDI message out 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.

If in the other hand, you are using Virus KC, you might want to pass the note data thru to your DAW in order to play other virtual instruments.

In such a scenario, allow only note data to pass through from the input port and open Advanced MIDI Settings [1] window and filter out note processing [2] from the hardware port.

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Virus Editor User Manual – Advanced MIDI Settings

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. 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 might crash hard and you could potentially lose your work!

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