Keyswitch re-mapping template VSL Special Edition

In a thread over on vi-control I was asked if I could share the keyswitch re-mapping template (click to download) that I use. If it’s unclear, please leave a comment or go to this thread over on vi-control.

I have a separate 2 octave keyboard (an old Oxygen8) that I use exclusively for keyswitching. I remap every new instrument so that the keyswitches are as consistent as possible, meaning legato is always on one and the same key, spiccato on the same key and so on…

Please note that you can use the template below with any keyswitched instrument from any manufacturer and any VSTi. All the transformations are done before the MIDI signal hits the VSTi.

MIDI signal routing

Open the environment window and look at the MIDI routing: The very first thing that happens is in the “Clicks&Ports” layer. All Oxygen8 MIDI will be transformed to channel 2.


The real transformations happens on the “VE Special Edition” layer. It would be a bit too much to explain all the transformations in text. In short: every transformer maps the incoming note of the Oxygen8 to the note that the sampler instrument reacts to. Because these transformations are all done before reaching the VSTi this method works for any kind of VSTi .

The transformers at the end of the chain are there to quickly map controllers to cc numbers in the VSTi. That way, I never have to program the hardware to send a specific cc-message. Because those assignments are often lost when resetting the hardware. Which, as you may well know, has to be done every so often.


Maker Series: Artisanal Firewood – This Is That – YouTube

This fantastic satirical video perfectly shows, why we created our guitar library. Composers can quickly sketch and layout these sort of background bads, that are being used in lots of showcase videos.

Rock on: What do machines sing of? on Vimeo

Please read the whole story about this art installation on Martin Backes’ website.

These guys are great!! Daft Punk BBC Radio1 Minimix by Introducinglive

Plug-ins On Your iPad, iPhone – And on Mac App Store, Too?

Is this article the first sign that we will see really high-class instruments like those from our friends at u-he come to iOS??

Here’s the description from the iOS 9 documentation:

The Audio Unit extension point allows your app to provide musical instruments, audio effects, sound generators, and more for use within apps like GarageBand, Logic, and other Audio Unit host apps. The extension point also brings a full audio plug-in model to iOS and lets you sell Audio Units on the App Store.

Source: Plug-ins On Your iPad, iPhone – And on Mac App Store, Too? – Create Digital Music

BBC News – Training computers to understand the language of music

This is going to put a new spin on the meetings with producers, directors, agency-people and everybody else.

BBC News – Training computers to understand the language of music.

Fun? We`ll see…

Where we’ve been: Macintosh, Midi, and Music 1988

I’ve enjoyed this very much!

▶ The Open Door: Macintosh, Midi, and Music 1988 – YouTube.

Keyswitch instruments in Logic

I’ve set up a couple of transformers to make use of a second keyboard (an Oxygen 8) only as a keyswitch instrument.

Here’s a little video where I show how these are cabled. Don’t forget to cable the last transformer into the actual channel strip that contains your instrument or your Vienna Ensemble.

Please click here to download the Logic Keyswitch Instrument template

Beautiful anime guitar strumming gif



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Written Russian

Here’s our company name in Russian. Although I of course have to rely on what Google Translate gives me…

Is this correct? Or is this a literal translation that doesn’t do justice to the actual (musical) meaning of the words?

Good Loops - Russion