AVID Pro Tools Config - All Working like well Oiled Machine

User Guide for AVID Pro Tools & Blue Cat’s PatchWork

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v1.0.0 – 2020-03-16
Configuration guide for Windows and macOS to use with our Editor & Librarian plug-ins

AVID Pro Tools User Guide

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In this little AVID Pro Tools User Guide, you will find the instructions to get our plug-in to work with AVID Pro Tools with ease. We will also use Blue Cat’s PatchWork plug-in as a VST bridge, since we are still working on an AAX plug-in. This is universal tutorial for all of our plug-in, but we are using our Roland JP-80×0 plug-in in this guide.

Checkout the plug-in user manual prior to this guide, so you have the knowledge to setup the plug-in properly.

Also, as we are not AVID Pro Tools experts, we engourage you to read the Pro Tools manual in order to fully understand your DAW.

We hope you have taken all the necessary precautions prior to using our product, like making a full backup of your synthesizer memory.

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Disclaimer

Our company & plug-in has nothing to do with AVID nor Blue Cat companies, so please don’t bug them if you encounter issues with the plug-in – open a support ticket in your account page in such case. You can find support details at the end of this document.

Support and plug-in updates are free for life to anyone who has bought the license from our store

AVID Pro Tools

Preparations

Open your DAW and we will make sure that MIDI ports are disabled for those ports, where your synthesizer is connected at. This will ensure that your DAW won’t crash and we won’t be getting double data in to the DAW processing loop.

Setup -> Peripherals…

AVID Pro Tools Config - Open Peripherals Window

AVID Pro Tools Config – Open Peripherals Window

Check that the physical MIDI interface’s port is not being used by any of the MIDI Controllers “Receive From” and “Send To” port assignments. See image below.

AVID Pro Tools Config - MIDI Controllers Configuration

AVID Pro Tools Config – MIDI Controllers Configuration

Click OK to close and open MIDI Studio Setup.

Setup -> MIDI -> MIDI Studio Setup…

AVID Pro Tools Config - Open MIDI Studio Window

AVID Pro Tools Config – Open MIDI Studio Window

Now, we want to create new device for our synthesizer using the virtual connections we made earlier in our Setting MIDI Devices guide. If you are on macOS, you can create the device with physical ports instead.

Click Create [1] -> add Instrument Name, Manufacturer, Model, Input Port & Output Port [2].

Windows: Input Port; JP-8000 vMIDI In / Output Port: JP-8000 vMIDI Out [2].

macOS: Input and Output Ports; physical Device where the synthesizer is connected.

Send channels [3] should be set to represent the number of available channels / parts of your synthesizer, in this case we have 3 active send channels. Receive channels [4] can be set to all 16.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Configure MIDI Port Settings

AVID Pro Tools Config – Configure MIDI Port Settings

Final check before we move on. Open Setup -> MIDI -> MIDI Input Devices…

AVID Pro Tools Config - Open MIDI Input Window

AVID Pro Tools Config – Open MIDI Input Window

Windows: Disable Physical Ports from the DAW MIDI Input Devices list [1] where the synthesizer is connected. Also, I have disabled JP-8000 vMIDI Out from the list, because we use to virtually route the MIDI out to synthesizer via MIDI-OX.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Configure MIDI Input Ports

AVID Pro Tools Config – Configure MIDI Input Ports

Add new tracks to Edit window

Start by creating new tracks, which we will accociate with the plug-in, MIDI channels and Audio Inputs. Track -> New… See image below.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Add New Tracks

AVID Pro Tools Config – Add New Tracks

From the image below, you can see how I have assigned new tracks for this setup. I have one Instrument track, two MIDI tracks and one Audio Track.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Configure Tracks as Needed

AVID Pro Tools Config – Configure Tracks as Needed

Once your setup is done, click Create.

New tracks will now appear in the Edit window.

AVID Pro Tools Config - New Tracks in Arrangement

AVID Pro Tools Config – New Tracks in Arrangement

I’m going to rename my tracks to make more sense while working with the project. Click Rename… [1]

AVID Pro Tools Config - Renaming Tracks

AVID Pro Tools Config – Renaming Tracks

AVID Pro Tools Config - Inst 1: JP-80x0 indicating the Plug-in track

AVID Pro Tools Config – Inst 1: JP-80×0 indicating the Plug-in track

AVID Pro Tools Config - MIDI 1: JP-8000 ch1 sending notes to channel 1

AVID Pro Tools Config – MIDI 1: JP-8000 ch1 sending notes to channel 1

AVID Pro Tools Config - MIDI 2: JP-8000 ch2 sends notes to channel 2

AVID Pro Tools Config – MIDI 2: JP-8000 ch2 sends notes to channel 2

AVID Pro Tools Config - Audio 1: JP-8000 In to monitor the JP-8000 audio

AVID Pro Tools Config – Audio 1: JP-8000 In to monitor the JP-8000 audio

Assign MIDI ports & channels

Before we proceed with the plug-in initialization, it is important to assign the MIDI track channels properly.

In JP-8000 ch1 we have set the MIDI Out [1] to Roland JP-8000 1 -> channel-1.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Assign MIDI Channel to MIDI track 1

AVID Pro Tools Config – Assign MIDI Channel to MIDI track 1

In JP-8000 ch2 we have set the MIDI Out [1] to Roland JP-8000 1 -> channel-2.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Assign MIDI Channel to MIDI track 2

AVID Pro Tools Config – Assign MIDI Channel to MIDI track 2

Insert Blue Cat’s PatchWork plug-in and Our Plug-in

Select the instrument channel (JP-80×0) we renamed previously. Click on the Insert slot A and choose multichannel plug-in -> Instrument -> Blue Cat’s PatchWork Synth from the list.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Insert Blue Cat's PatchWork

AVID Pro Tools Config – Insert Blue Cat’s PatchWork

Plug-in window will now appear. Enter plug-in Preferences [1] and double check your VST plug-ins directory path [2]. Click Close to confirm your changes.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Open Preferences

AVID Pro Tools Config – Open Preferences

Click the PRE area + -sign [1] to open the menu and select Load VST…

AVID Pro Tools Config - Load Our Plug-in in VST Format

AVID Pro Tools Config – Load Our Plug-in in VST Format

New window will open up, navigate to the location of your VSTplugins [1] and locate our plug-in which you wish to use [2].

AVID Pro Tools Config - Browse for the VST File

AVID Pro Tools Config – Browse for the VST File

Click Open once you have located the plug-in.

Plug-in window will now appear.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Plug-in Windows will now appear

AVID Pro Tools Config – Plug-in Windows will now appear

MIDI IN / MIDI OUT

Now we can select the Physical MIDI input port which receives MIDI data from your synthesizer.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Assign MIDI Input Port

AVID Pro Tools Config – Assign MIDI Input Port

And then we choose the Physical MIDI Out port which sends data to the synthesizer MIDI input.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Assign MIDI Output Port

AVID Pro Tools Config – Assign MIDI Output Port

Plug-in will now attempt to establish connection with the synthesizer, so it might take some time if your settings are not right or if you chose a wrong MIDI port by mistake. You should see plug-in saying PROCESSING… somewhere in the plug-in interface and also ABORT PROCESS button will appear.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Plug-in Attempts to connect

AVID Pro Tools Config – Plug-in Attempts to connect

If all of the settings are correct, you will see “Plug-in is ready to go!” [1] message in the plug-in display.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Connection Established

AVID Pro Tools Config – Connection Established

If something is wrong with your settings, plug-in will say “No response from JP!” [1] and that indicates something is wrong with your synth settings, MIDI device or Pro Tools Preferences.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Failed Connection

AVID Pro Tools Config – Failed Connection

Once the connection is in, you should sync the data with your hardware. Usually this function can be ran from the patch librarian tab / page of the plug-in & “Sync Data From HW” button. Check the plug-in user manual to learn more.

We can now close the plug-in window and move on.

NOTE #1: Check troubleshooting from the plug-in, daw or synthesizer manual if you can not establish connection. You can also seek help from our support site if you can’t find out what is causing error in your setup.

Automating Plug-in Parameters

Close the plug-in window click right mouse button over the plug-in name [1]. This will open up a menu where we can see lots of different functions. Choose Params Map [2] -> Group [3] -> Parameter you want to automate [4]. – See image below.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Configure Automation Parameters in PatchWork

AVID Pro Tools Config – Configure Automation Parameters in PatchWork

To confirm your parameter selection, do the same action again but don’t select any parameters now. Just see how the previously selected parameter now has (Control 01) assigned to it. Remember that. – See image below.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Parameter Mapped

AVID Pro Tools Config – Parameter Mapped

Now click the Plug-In Automation Enable [1] button in the PatchWork plug-in window.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Enable Automation from PatchWork

AVID Pro Tools Config – Enable Automation from PatchWork

Choose parameters [1] from the list which you need to automate and click Add >> [2] to move the in the enabled list.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Assign PatchWork Parameters to DAW map

AVID Pro Tools Config – Assign PatchWork Parameters to DAW map

Once you have added the necessary parameters, click OK to finish parameter configuration.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Mapping Done

AVID Pro Tools Config – Mapping Done

To view the parameters assigned, click the little arrow in the bottom left corner of the instrument track [1] and then click the excisting parameter [2] to open a menu. Now choose the JP-80×0 (fx a): Blue Cat’s PatchWork Synth [3] and choose the control [4] you want to automate.

As I previously mentioned, remembering these parameters is important. Control 01 in this case controls the Lower Panel Filter Cutoff.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Select Parameter from DAW to Automate it

AVID Pro Tools Config – Select Parameter from DAW to Automate it

Parameter is now assigned to the Edit window [1] and I did draw some automation lanes with the Pencil tool [2]. See image below.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Start Automating!

AVID Pro Tools Config – Start Automating!

Pick a parameter you want to automate and start drawing in OR move the knobs in the plug-in while recording to make automation!

You can also see from the image above, how I have created some notes to JP-8000 ch1 and JP-8000 ch2 to trigger sound from both layers individually.

Note #1: You should always put MIDI blocks in the MIDI tracks because our plug-in can not talk to DAW about delay compensation. This is because we do not generate any audio with our plug-in.

Finishing it up!

Final step is to modify the Audio track, so we can hear the synthesizer in action. First, we want to choose the right input [1] where our synthesizer is conneted [2]. Lastly, toggle on track monitoring to hear the synth [3]. See image below.

AVID Pro Tools Config - Setting up for Input Monitoring

AVID Pro Tools Config – Setting up for Input Monitoring

AVID Pro Tools Config - All Working like well Oiled Machine

AVID Pro Tools Config – All Working like well Oiled Machine

Note #1: You might have routed your Audio Output from the synth itself to external mixing desk or speakers, so make sure you power those units on. Otherwise there won’t be any sound because our plug-in does not transmit any audio data to the DAW.

Thats it for the AVID Pro Tools user guide. We hope you find this useful.

You have some suggestions? Yes please!

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Head down to our main site and drop your idea in, we will have a look at it and let you know if it can be done.

Thank you.

Plug-in user manuals: https://docs.mysteryislands-music.com/

Plug-in updates: https://www.mysteryislands-music.com/downloads/

Troubleshooting

loopMIDI and MIDI-OX are both shipping their own user manuals, so please refer to their documentary to learn more about how they work.

If you have found an error in this document, open a support ticket so we can have it fixed ASAP.

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