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Hammer 88 Preset Editor - No Sound?

Greetings all.

Maybe i'm doing something wrong but having installed all the software and the VSTs (EightyEight, Mini Grand Piano, Velvet EP, ect) - are these VSTs?) i can't seem to get any of them to sound/work. Should Pro Tools be open or something? I know i'm not doing something i've missed. I'm terrible with technology and just end up frustrating myself with it all.

USB is plugged in to the hammer 88, pressed retrieve and ...nothing. Couldn't find the *h88t file it keeps asking for, but i can send a *h88t file to the laptop, but it just won't sound or make any MIDI note on/off - info i could see like you do in Ableton 10 (when you can finally get that to trigger in the preferences).

Now, forgive me if i'm being a dunce, but is there something else that should be open, or installed into, or activated that i haven't already done? Should Pro Tools be Open? I've activated the licences in iLok but still no sound. I'd love to hear the grand pianos that i see videos on youtube playing as it sounds great.

I just thought it would be a simply plug in and play but things never go as planned for me.

Can anyone help walk me through the process or point me in the right direction.?

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  • Hey Lee,

    Thanks for posting!

    Sorry to hear that you're having trouble! Mini Grand, Velvet and Eighty Eight are all plugins, meaning they're not standalone programs and have to be hosted in a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) like Pro Tools or Ableton. Since you already have the plugins installed and activated, the next step would be to open Pro Tools so that you can load one of your plugins on to an instrument track.

    This guide will assist you in locating the plugins:

    My plugins do not show up in Pro Tools

    You'll need to setup the Hammer 88 as a MIDI controller as well. This can be done in MIDI Studio under the Setup menu. This guide is for the Oxygen series but is the same setup process for your Hammer 88:

    Setup in Pro Tools 10

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.
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  • Thanks for the speedy reply, Eliza.

    I'll give it a bash tomorrow as it's late here now and i'll feedback to you on the results.

    Kind regards
    Lee
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    Hello Eliza,

    So i had some success with what you supplied, although i've not even touched Pro tools yet (another headache for another time!). I'm more interested in getting Ableton DAW working first, so the links you gave me didn't quite help in that regard, and i had to rely on the Hammer 88 manual for the VST info. And therein lies my issue.

    I managed to resolve the latency issue (see first image)

    I'm not sure if those are the best settings but the latency is almost gone after playing around with the settings and avoiding a crackling sound i had when it was really low. I'd be interested to know what other users have as settings for that too.

    Regarding the other VST's - the AIR Music Technology DB33 and the Velvet EP's, i can't seem to get Ableton to locate them as i did the Eighty Eight x64 and the VST folder..Any suggestions as to what i'm doing wrong there? I was positive i installed them in the correct program files for the x64 (and not x86) as windows 10 is x64.. again, i'm probably being a dunce so any clarification on this would be helpful (see image below for the illustration). I have no idea what the VST2 and VST3 relate to when searching/rescanning for their location.

    it's a tricky program is Ableton for forgive me if i'm not as clear as i could be



    Kind regards
    Lee
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  • Hey Lee!

    Happy to hear that you were able to resolve the latency issue. Buffer settings will change system to system so if you were able to adjust the parameters to where there's minimal latency and no popping then that's the right setting for your computer!

    In regards to the AIR plugins, by default they'll install to:

    C:/Program Files/Steinberg/vstplugins

    I would recommend navigating to this folder from your desktop first to ensure that the plugins are installed in this location. If they are installed, then rescan this pathway for VST2 plugins. VST3 plugins are a different format sometimes used by other software developers.

    Try this and let me know how it goes!
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