Alesis V Mini - Setup with FL Studio

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Vmini Ortho RGBThe Alesis V Mini is a powerful, intuitive, and portable MIDI controller that lets you take full command of your music software. This article walks through on how to setup the Alesis V Mini with FL Studio.




FL Studio Setup

  1. Connect the V Mini to your computer using a USB cable.

    Note: V Mini is class-compliant which means that it will work with any modern Mac or PC without the need to download any software or drivers.

  2. Open FL Studio.

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

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  4. In the window that opens, choose the V Mini under Output, choose the V Mini under Input, and click on option 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

Installing the AIR Xpand!2

  1. Go to your Alesis account, login and select My Products.

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  2. Click on the appropriate link to download the Xpand!2 software for Mac or Windows (PC).


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  3. Once you have download the file, extract the Xpand!2 Setup folder and run the Xpand!2 Setup.exe (Windows) or Xpand!2.pkg (Mac.) If you do not know how to extract a file on your Windows computer, click here to learn.


Authorizing the AIR Xpand!2

Before scanning the plugins into FL Studio, make sure that they are fully authorized and ready to go. The plugins will install a software called the iLok License Manager that will help keep track of your plugins and allow you to move them later on if necessary. Here's a quick and easy way to Authorize your plugins by using the ilok License Manager.

  1. Open the iLok License Manager. You can find this in your Applications folder on your Mac and under All Programs on Windows.


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  2. In the top left corner, click on Sign-in to sign into your account. If you do not already have one, click on Sign-in and the select Create New Account in the window that appears to create your new account.


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  3. Once you have signed in, click on Licenses > Redeem Activation Code.


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  4. In the window that appears, enter the authorization code for Xpand!2. You will find your authorization codes on your Alesis account page, directly above the download links for the plugins. You can copy and paste this if you like. Click, Next once the code has been entered completely.


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  5. In the following window, choose the location where you would like iLok to store your license. For most users, we recommend to store this directly onto your computer. To do so, select the icon that represents your Mac or PC, and click Activate.


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  6. The iLok software will scan the license and will ask you to confirm one last time. Click OK and your license should be fully activated to your computer. Now you will be ready to scan them into FL Studio.


Adjusting the FL Studio Plugin Sources 

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

Remember, FL Studio does not allow for native use of VST instruments, however FL Studio does have a built-in VST wrapper which allows for the inclusion of third-party VST instruments. Because of the use of this wrapper, Xpand!2 can open and be used in FL Studio, however the V Mini 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 V Mini controller to Xpand!2, follow the steps suggested belows:

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

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  2. In the window that opens, select VST plugins extra search folder.

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

    AIR Xpand!2 Default Installation Locations:

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

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

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  4. Close the Settings window.

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

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  6. In the window that opens, locate Xpand!2 and/or Xpand!2_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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  7. Next, right-click on an instrument and choose Insert > Xpand!2 or Xpand!2_x64

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

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Enjoy using your V Mini with FL Studio!


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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