Alesis VX49 - Setup with Logic Pro X

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alesis vx49 mainWith 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 Logic Pro X.

 

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VX49 Hardware Setup

  1. Connect the VX49 to your computer using a USB cable

    Note: VX49 does have driver software in order for the midi controller work with the VIP software. please make sure the driver is installed.

  2. Press the Main Button and use the data dial to scroll to Logic Pro X. Press the PUSH TO ENTER knob.

    VX49 Logic PRO presets
  3. 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 Logic Pro X MIDI Clock signal and synchronize the timing of the arpeggiator/NoteRepeat.

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  4. While in the GLOBAL menu, go to page 1 and change the Transport Format to MCC. This will help for the next section about MIDI mappnig controls.

    VX49 MMC

  5. Save the Changes in page 4 of the GLOBAL menu. Now your VX49 is ready to control Logic Pro X.

    VX49 Push to save

Logic Pro X Software Setup

  1. Open Logic Pro X and create a new session.

  2. From the top toolbar, choose File > Project Settings >Synchronization...

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  3. In the Synchronization window, select the MIDI tab.

  4. Within the MIDI Clock section, check the Destination 1 box and, in the drop down menu below, select Port A for your VX49 USB Port 1 controller. In the MIDI Machine Control (MMC) section, check the Listen to MMC Input box.

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  5. Close the Synchronization window. 
     

Logic Pro X - Manual MIDI Mapping

If you would like to manually MIDI map the controls on your VX49 controller yourself rather than adding the mapping file as suggested in the previous section, you can do so by following the steps suggested below.

  1. From the top bar, select Logic Pro X > Control Surfaces > Controller Assignments

     

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    This menu allows you to map the faders and knobs of your VX49 controller to continuous controls in Logic Pro X such as volume and pan, as well as any parameter in Logic Pro X's effects and instruments. Many 3rd party effects and instruments will also work in this same way.

     

  2. In the Controller Assignments window that opens, click the Learn Mode button at the bottom right corner so it is highlighted in blue.

     

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  3. Click on the parameter in Logic Pro X that you want to control, such as Volume, Pan, etc..  You will notice the Parameter option in the Controller Assignments window changes according to the parameter you click on.

     

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  4. Next, move the physical knob or fader on your VX49 controller that you want to assign to that parameter.  You will notice the Input message option in the Controller Assignments window changes according to the physical knob or fader that you move.

     

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  5. Repeat these steps for any parameter you want to map. When you are finished, make sure to click Learn Mode again (so it is no longer highlighted).

     

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    NOTE: Logic Pro X stores these controller assignments globally. If you close and re-open the software or start a new project, your controller assignments will remain.

 

Virtual Instruments and Plugins

Install the VIP Software

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.

 

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Authorize the VIP Software

 

  • Once the authorizer window is opens, you'll see an options allowing you choose to Activate, Try, or Quit. Choose Activate.

     

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  • To unlock the full version of your software, enter the Activation Code that was emailed to you from the Upgrade Email Notification Utility.

     

     

  • You may be required to enter your e-mail and/or create or login to an iLok account. Please follow the on-screen steps as needed.
    Note: Your software utilizes PACE/iLok security measures to assist with anti-piracy. While a physical iLok is not necessary to use the plugin, the creation of an iLok account is required for activation.

     

     

  • Finally, choose to store your new license on your computer or your iLok and the activation is complete.

     

 

Adjusting the Logic Pro X Plugin Sources

Logic Pro X will auto scan on your computer for any plugins locate in the: 

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

  1. With a project open in Logic Pro X, click on the New Track button to create a new track.

     

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  2. In the window that opens, choose Software Instrument and then click on Create.

     

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  3. Locate the track column for the instrument track you just created.  Scroll your mouse over the track insert button and it will change from the name of the instrument to showing various insert controls.

     

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  4. Click on the right-side of the track insert button and choose AU Instruments> VIP > VIP > Stereo to add VIP to the Logic Pro X project.


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  5. The VIP interface will now open.


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Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Alesis product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the experienced Alesis 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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