MIDI newbie - How to connect Alesis Vi61 to Access Virus 1 module

I've a great 90's synth module - an Access Virus, and I've just bought an Alesis Vi61 midi keyboard.

I was expecting to be able to change patch on the Access Virus from the Alesis keyboard, but I'm struggling to work out how.
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  • Hi Jonathan,

    Thanks for posting. Yes, you can use the VI61 to send program changes to your Access Virus. To do this:

    • Use a MIDI cable to connect your VI61 to your Access Virus's MIDI IN port. 
    • Open the VI61 Editor, navigate to Options > Device Setup, and set the Input to and the Output to MIDIOUT2 (VI61).
    • Choose whether you want the program changes to be sent from your Drum Pads or Switches by choosing the appropriate option. Make sure MIDI to DIN is ON to enable data being send from the VI61s MIDI OUT port.
    • Change the MODE to Program Change. After making this change you can input the MIDI channel number that is received from your Access Virus and the Program number.
    From here, you can also choose to send this preset to your hardware for future use. To do this:

    1. Click Send Preset to Hardware.
    2. In the window that appears, click the Preset Slot drop-down menu to select the desired Preset number.
    3. Click Send to confirm or Cancel to cancel the operation. Sending the Preset will overwrite that Preset number on your VI61.

    Hope this helps!
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  • Hi

    Thanks for the reply.

    In VI61 Editor, under Options > Device Setup, I see..

    INPUT
    VI61 Out
    VI61 Editor Out

    OUTPUT
    VI61 IN
    VI61 Editor In

    I'm not seeing 'band' under Input, nor MIDIOUT2 (VI61) under Output.

    Secondly, for MODE, are meaning the option for Switches?

    Lastly, is there a comprehensive manual available!!
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  • Sorry, "band" was a typo on my end. if you're not seeing MIDIOUT2 under Output, please double-check to ensure your VI61 is being properly recognized by your computer. You can check this out by going through this helpful guide - Troubleshooting Class Compliant USB Devices

    I'm afraid I'm not clearly understanding the second question you're asking. Can you please provide me with some more information? You can view the manual for the Editor by selecting Help > Open User Guide.
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  • Hi

    1/ I've checked it is Class Compliant. When I refreshed the USB devices, my Mac can see the VI61 as one of the devices.
    Unfortunately, still no MIDIOUT2.
    How else can I trigger MIDIOUT2?
    Just so you know, I've got the MIDI OUT on the VI61 plugged directly into the Access Virus synth module, and the USB on the VI61 to the laptop (for power).

    2/ The second question (which was about MODE), referred to your earlier reply about changing the MODE to Program Change. I was looking all over for somewhere to change the MODE setting within the VI Editor, and eventually discovered that it's one of the options for the Switches. Is this where you were referring to.
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  • Check out this helpful guide that will walk you through troubleshooting class-compliant MIDI devices - Troubleshooting Class Compliant USB Devices. I would also recommend trying another USB cable and make sure you're going directly into your computer and not through a USB hub. 

    Yes, the Mode option I was referring to in my previous post was in regards to the switches/pads. 
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  • I’m frustrated
    Thank you, but I'm afraid my last reply hasn't properly been addressed.

    According to the linked article, the device HAS passed the compliance test. I followed all the instructions in the article for testing it using a MAC set-up.

    So if it's passed, then the article says:

    "If the device does pass the test above and appears in the System Report, it is not defective, and the difficulty is caused by misconfigured software settings or options. Carefully follow the setup instructions for the software you are using, or navigate to the Further Troubleshooting section for additional tests and troubleshooting."

    Presumably the USB cable is correct if it has passed the compliance test?!

    Therefore the issue suggests that it is misconfigured software settings or options. But we're not talking about linking it to software here - we're talking about linking it to something called MIDIOUT2.

    So...
    How does the VI Editor get to detect MIDIOUT2?
    As previously mentioned, my set up is:
    Alexis VI61 linked directly via MIDI OUT to the Access Virus synth module
    Alexis VI61 linked directly via USB to the Mac

    Firstly, is this configuration correct? And if so, how do I get it to detect MIDIOUT2?

    Or should the VI61 be connected only to the Mac (directly), and the Mac to the Access Virus synth module via MIDI hub?

    Or, is there something else I should be doing?
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  • Alright, let's have you connect with your nearest Support Office for one-on-one assistance. You can find their contact information on that page. 
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