X-Session UC-17 & ACT Sonar setup FX

Here is a guide to setting up the X-Session UC-17 to control VST FX in Sonar 7

It is part 1 – showing you how to setup a Control Surface and how to use the ‘midi learn’ function.

This guide is a more advanced version of the article,

X-Session UC-17 – How to setup ACT/Sonar

Watch it through a couple of times and you’ll see how it works.

This guide works as a setup for C1 to C6 as ‘Gain’ controllers…

The rest of this article follows through my setup for all the parameters for the Sonitus Equaliser.

This includes using banks in the ‘ACT’ surface dialogue and setting up the X-Session buttons.

1. Finish Bank 1

If you followed the guide through to the end and everything worked you should now be able to control the ‘Gain’ sliders on the Sonitus.

Follow the same principles to setup C8 to control  ‘Output’.

ie.

Click ACT – move slider for output – wiggle C8 on X-Session

Click ACT – Message ‘1 parameter and 1 control touched’

—->>>

For my setup I mapped C9 – C14 as ‘Freq’ controllers.

Do this the same way as previously.

NOTE: There are no sliders, just touch each ‘Freq’ box with you mouse.

Next wiggle controllers C9-14…

Finally press the ‘ACT’ button

Click ACT – Message ‘6 parameters and 6 controls touched’

——->>>

<<<—-TIP NUMBER 1 —->>>

By editing the numbers on the Boxes you can change their names.

Just ‘right click’ on the grey part and edit —>

I changed mine from R1 to C1

click_edit

—>>>- I repeated this straight through.

So now

R1 – R8 = C1 to C9

and

S1 – S8 = C9 to C16.

———>>>>

Banks can be edited so that you can have more control over your Plugins – means more work setting up though.

Drop down menu – Bank1, Bank 2, Bank 3, Bank 4 —–>>>> brings up more boxes

1

Drop down menu – Bank1, Bank 2, Bank 3, Bank 4 —–>>>>

2

As I went I took notes,

This is how I setup each bank – (following the guide)

EQ Plugin Settings – based on maximum of 6 channels

Bank 1

C9

C10

C11

C12

C13

C14

C15

C16

Freq

Freq

Freq

Freq

Freq

Freq

C1

C2

C3

C4

C5

C6

C7

C8

Gain

Gain

Gain

Gain

Gain

Gain

OUTPUT

Bank 2

C9

C10

C11

C12

C13

C14

C15

C16

Freq

Freq

Freq

Freq

Freq

Freq

C1

C2

C3

C4

C5

C6

C7

C8

Q

Q

Q

Q

Q

Q

Q

OUTPUT

Bank 3

C9

C10

C11

C12

C13

C14

C15

C16

Q

Q

Q

Q

Q

Q

C1

C2

C3

C4

C5

C6

C7

C8

Gain

Gain

Gain

Gain

Gain

Gain

OUTPUT

Bank 4

C9

C10

C11

C12

C13

C14

C15

C16

Q

Q

Q

Q

Q

Q

C1

C2

C3

C4

C5

C6

C7

C8

Filter

Filter

Filter

Filter

Filter

Filter

OUTPUT

Next was to setup the X-Session buttons – Make sure you’ve saved your preset – hopefully you have as you’ve gone along…

—–>>>>

Assign buttons – (My X-Session wasn’t setup with on/off funtion for the buttons, so I needed to edit. I did this manually the Enigma software didn’t seem to work for me…), this is how I did it.

X-Session Setup-

press button 1

press ‘assign’

press 1 4 6 – wait…you’ve assigned the midi command 146 to the button this is the on/off function.

Do this for buttons 1 to 10

———>>>

I also had to edit the ‘ACT’ surface to make them work properly

Click – ‘Options’ tab

First choose which button to edit:

editbutton1

Change ‘function’ – drop down menu —>>> ‘none’

editbutton2

Untick this box…’Exclude from ACT’

editbutton3

I did this for B1 to B6 and Shift B1 to ShiftB6

B7 – setup as – ‘previous rotaries and sliders bank’

B8 – setup as –  ‘next rotaries and sliders bank’

Finished

Now go back to ‘Controllers’ tab.

‘Midi Learn’ each button here first…

NEXT——>>>>

Open Sonitus: Equaliser plugin.

Using the guide ‘midi learn’ – then ‘ACT’ learn the buttons

I mapped the buttons to do the

following.

1

2

3

Enable

Enable

Enable

4

5

6

Enable

Enable

Enable

7

8

9

Prev Bank

Next Bank

0

All done.

You should be able now to use this as a template.

Remember to save.

Also worth noting – each plugin will need to be mapped using ‘ACT’ but you can use the bank setup to create lots of controllers.

Be careful and take notes.

If I’ve missed anything or have made a boo boo please leave a comment and I’ll take a look.

X-Session UC-17 – How to setup ACT/Sonar

Setting up the Evolution UC-17 X-Session is to be honest a right royal pain in the bum…

If you’ve got one and are stuck then I sympathize.

Continue…

Basically to setup in Sonar you have to create a generic controller…

If you follow the tutorial for the Setting up NANOKontrol and sonar you will be able to get the gist of setting up the X-Session.

If you instead want to set the X-Session up to control FX then you have to go about it in a slightly different way.

First install your software and and drivers. The installation is pretty pain free.

If you need them you can get them all in the  Evolution X-Session article on this site.

——>>>>Side Note<<<<—–

My setup:

Korg Nanokontrol for mixing – panning, volume, mute, solo, transport, arm and record etc.

I use the X-Session to control my vst fx.

I have both installed and ready to setup.

For this session I’m going to setup on my laptop, which is a virgin setup.

I’ve already setup the Nanokontrol and know that works.

I’ve previously setup the X-Session and know that works.

This article is,

1. About how to setup the X-Session to control VST

2. How to use the X-Session or Nanokontrol with other controller devices.

——>>>>Side Note End<<<<—–

Important – (make sure devices are plugged in and are seen correctly in device manager)

Fire up Sonar – Open up MIDI Devices

Shortcut = ALT O M

Or Options – Midi Devices

Hopefully among the devices you’ll see the following device present,

nanoKONTROL and EV-XS USB MIDI In1 are the ones we need for this.

If they don’t have ticks next to them do that now.

Outputs are not necessary.

x-sessionsetup1

Click OK to proceed.

Next we need to create a new Control Surface.

Click controller surfaces,

korgsetup4

This box will appear, As you can see from the picture there are no Surfaces setup.

In my current setup I have 2 surfaces.

Cakewalk Generic 1 and ACT MIDI Controller 1.

If you already have a controller setup here then you need to create a new one.

‘Cakewalk Generic 2′ – if you have none then create ‘Cakewalk Generic 1′

korgsetup5

Click this icon

korgsetup6

to add new controller.

korgsetup7

Choose ‘Cakewalk Generic Surface’

The picture has nanoKONTROL – switch this to ‘EV-XS USB Midi In1′

korgsetup8

– if nothing is there then something went wrong – if another device is listed check for Nano in dropdown…

Click Ok.

And close box.

——->>>

Now you need to look for the following,

korgsetup9

The ‘v’ at the top right hand side of the picture will pull down a list of surfaces.

Click the new controller you set up

Click the button next to the ‘a’,

korgsetup10

This will open the following screen,

korgsetup11

In presets enter a name, I’ve entered, ‘NanoKONTROL’ – change this too ‘X-Session’

korgsetup12

——>>>>>NEXT>>>>

I’m going to presume that because you want to set this up you know how to add an effect to the FX Bin to a track.

Pick an effect, I’ve chosen the ‘Sonitus Compressor’

sonitus

There are only 4 parameters I’m going to map for this.

Threshold, Gain, Attack and Release.

I’m only going to map Rotarys for these.

I’m leaving the ‘Buttons’ alone.

—–>>>>>>

Look at the top of the plugin, next to presets there’s a large button called ‘aCT’

Click that.

It should light up.

Now in order using your mouse move the sliders of each in order –

‘Theshold’,

‘Gain’,

‘Attack’

‘Release’

Now move Rotary 1, 2, 3 and 4 on your X-Session.

Click the ‘aCT’ button again – it should come with a message

‘4 Parameters and 4 controls were touched do you want to save these assignments?’

Click yes.

If this message does not come up then something is wrong with your setup.

Check Drivers and that Sonar sees them correctly.

Start again from beginning.

Related Video on YouTube:

ACT Part 1 – Dynamic Control Of Effects

ACT Part 2 – Dynamic Control Of  Effects

Speed MIDI editing with SONAR 7’s Smart MIDI Tools

SONAR 7 Masterclass Workflow

Articles worth reading,

Using Sonar’s ACT With Hardware Controllers

I hope to make this more advanced and hopefully I can do some kind of recording to make it simpler anyway good luck…