Delicious Audio Software and Plug-ins
Our SodaSynth and Analog Extracts plugins are both available as VST plugins on Windows and Mac OS X, and compatible with Ableton Live. Here's some instructions to show you how to use VST plugins in Ableton Live:
Mac OS X users can skip this step!
In the Ableton Live preferences, go to the "File Folder" tab. Ensure "Use VST Plug-In Custom Folder" is ON, and click "Browse" to choose the folder where all your VST plugins are. After that, click "Rescan" to make sure Ableton Live has refreshed the list of installed plugins.
On Windows, Oscillicious VST plugins install to "C:\VST Plugins" by default, or "C:\VST Plugins (64-bit)" for 64-bit plugins.
On Mac OS X, Oscillicious plugins install to the system-wide standard VST plugins folder, so no configuration is required (/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST).
Back in the main window, click the icon to open the Plug-In Devices tab. This tab displays a list of all the plugins Ableton Live has detected on your computer, by looking in both system-standard paths and your custom VST folder that we set up in the previous step.
Double-click on one of the plug-in instruments in the list to add it to a track, or drag and drop it to the specific track you'd like to add it to. For example, you'll if you double-click on SodaSynth, you should SodaSynth added to a track in the Sesion or Arrangement view, and appear in the bottom panel.
VST presets (synth patches or programs) appear in the bottom panel, and have been circled in red in the next screenshot. Clicking on that combobox allows you to quickly select any of the presets bundled with the VST plugin.
Most VST plugins come with a built-in custom editor screen, with knobs and extra help. Clicking the icon beside the SodaSynth label in Ableton Live will open up the SodaSynth editor, which gives you access to our extra help screens.
Clicking the icon beside the SodaSynth label will open up the parameter area, allowing you to adjust the VST plugin's parameters directly from inside Ableton Live. Right-clicking on a parameter allows you to set up automation curves and MIDI mappings for that parameter.
Create a MIDI part and in the track that you added the SodaSynth VST instrument to, and either record from your MIDI keyboard or start writing a melody in the MIDI editor. If you want to fatten up SodaSynth's sounds a bit, try adding a little bit of chorus or delay using the built-in Ableton Live effects.
That's it! This tutorial covered how to setup your VST plugins folder in Ableton Live, how to find plug-in devices and add them to a track, and how to change VST presets and paramters using both the Ableton Live and a plugin's custom VST editor. From here, you can use VST plugins as instruments in tracks, and create MIDI parts that trigger them.
We hope this tutorial was helpful, but if you need extra help or have suggestions on how we can improve this tutorial, please let us know!