Alesis Vortex Wireless - Complete Ableton Setup

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  1. Installing the Ableton Live Controller Map
    1. Mac Install
    2. Windows Install
  2. Setup in Ableton Live Lite
  3. Downloading and Installing AIR Xpand!2
  4. Authorizing AIR Xpand!2
  5. Adjusting the Ableton Live Lite Plugin Sources
  6. Further Technical Support



Installing the Ableton Live Controller Map

Start by downloading the controller mapping file from the link below:

Mac Install

Place the included folder into the following location on your Mac.

  • Macintosh HD > Users > [YourUserName] > Library > Preferences > Ableton > Live [VersionNumber] > User Remote Scripts

Please note that this is the user library folder and not the system library. To get there:

  1. Go to the Finder (or desktop).
  2. Hold the Option key on your keyboard, and click the Go menu at the top of the screen.
  3. With the Go menu open, you'll notice that pressing and releasing Option will display or hide the Library choice in this menu.
  4. Select Library from the Go menu (while holding down Option) to access the hidden folder.

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Windows Install

Extract the file from the zipped folder after downloading and place the included folder in the following location on your PC:

  • C:\Users\ [YourUserName] \AppData\Roaming\Ableton\Live [VersionNumber] \Preferences\User Remote Scripts

Note that the Application Data folder is a hidden folder. To make this folder visible, perform the following:

  1. Go to the Start menu and select open the Control Panel.
  2. Select Folder Options
  3. In the window that opens, select the View tab.
  4. Find Hidden files and folders in the list and check off the box for Show hidden files, folders or drive

For Windows 10, the to show Hidden files Perform the following:

  1. Go to the Start Menu and Search Control Panel
  2. Select Appearance and Personalization
  3. Select File Explorer Options
  4. Click on the View Tab
  5. Click on the circle that says Show Hidden files, folders, and drives.

vortex ableton folder



Setup in Ableton Live Lite

  1. Launch Ableton Live.

  2. Open the Preferences window.


    Select Live > Preferences
    or use the key command shortcut - [Command + comma]

    Select Options > Preferences
    or use the key command shortcut - [Control + comma] 

  3. On the left-hand side of the Preferences window, choose the Link/MIDI tab.

  4. Under the first Control Surface drop-down, select the Vortex. Set the corresponding Input and Output to the Vortex Wireless port. 

    vprtex setup Ableton2

  5. Finally, make sure to activate Track and Remote for the Vortex input port (see image above). 



Downloading and Installing AIR Xpand!2

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

    Register alesis account

  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 downloaded 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 AIR Xpand!2

Before scanning the plugins into Ableton Live Lite, 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 the authorizations 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.

    MPKminimkii ilokicon

  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.

    MPKMini iLoksign

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

    MPKMini Redeem

  4. In the window that appears, enter the authorization code for Xpand!2. You will find your authorization code in your Alesis user account, 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.

    MPKminimkii code

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

    MPKminimkii activate

  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 Ableton Live Lite.




Adjusting the Ableton Live Lite Plugin Sources

Note for Windows users only: If you have difficulty locating your plugin in your Plug-Ins category within Ableton Live 9 Lite, be sure Ableton Live 9 Lite is reading plugins from the correct location where your plugin is installed. To do this:

  1. Open the Preferences menu in Ableton Live 9 Lite


    Select Live > Preferences
    or use the key command shortcut - [Command + comma]

    Select Options > Preferences
    or use the key command shortcut - [Control + comma] 

  2. Choose the File/Folder tab.

    Ableton Vst Pref

  3. For Windows users: under the heading Plug-In Sources:, toggle On  the button next to Use VST Plug-In Custom Folder.   Choose Browse next to VST Plug-In Custom Folder and browse to the appropriate plugin folder on your computer.

    AIR Xpand!2 Default Installation Locations:

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

    Vortex VST Folder

    For Mac users, simply toggle On the button next to Use VST Plug-in System Folder if it is not on already, and/or toggle On the box for Use Audio Units. Ableton will point automatically to the following locations to find your plugins:

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

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  4. Within the Ableton Live 9 Lite Session View, under the Categories heading, choose Plug-Ins.

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  5. In the right-hand column next to Categories, double-click or click-and-drag Xpand!2 onto a MIDI track to load the plugin to your Ableton Live 9 Lite session. 

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  6. The Xpand!2 virtual instrument interface will now open and you are good to go!

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Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an 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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