Program changes for VST

    Nov 30 2016 | 12:52 am
    I need to make a patch accessible for people who are not used to using MaxMSP. Most of the things can be automated but the VSTs are causing trouble. I am using 8 VSTs and upon loading them I always have to select the preset I want to use (I use Absynth and Reaktor). A simple program change does not do the trick. I have rad in other threads about using fxp files but I cannot really understand it. Does anyone have an example patch available that I can have a look at?

    • Nov 30 2016 | 2:40 am
      i am not so sure if this will work with reaktor too, but you are usually controlling a VST´s preset with a simple integer number such as "7" to vst~, and this number can be stored and recalled in many different ways in max/msp.
      for a standalone app which should always remember everything i would recommend to write a text file with preferences to disk.
    • Nov 30 2016 | 2:10 pm
      I tried it with Absynth and no result. Kontakt I did not try but I suppose that as it is a shellplugin, it will be ipossible to make program changes.
    • Nov 30 2016 | 2:49 pm
      There are plugins which support Program Change messages, and also some which don‘t. So for such Plugs, all You can do is save their state in fxp or fxb file, and load it later. Read vst~help file, You will find all needed infos there.
    • Nov 30 2016 | 3:24 pm
      Hi Thinksamuel,
      Program changes work with Kontakt, but you must load your Kontakt instruments - NKI- into a Kontakt instruments bank -NKB. For Absynth, FM8 Massive and what not, you need to load your sounds into a program list - PLS- on the right of the browser, and enable programs- click on the programs button and on/off button , on the top right of the browser.
      Hope this helps, Cheers Al.
    • Dec 01 2016 | 1:43 pm
      Hello AL808
      I just tried with Absynth and that works fine (making a program list and then sending integers to the vst). I saved the file as a pls file. How can I load that list automatically and enable programs?
    • Dec 01 2016 | 5:47 pm
      I've not used it myself, but I believe that Snapshots are now one of the easier ways to deal with plugin settings. See the vst~ help file (last tab) as well as this vignette:
    • Dec 01 2016 | 7:36 pm
      I am using Max 6 so snapshots are not available.
    • Dec 02 2016 | 10:52 pm
      I can load the fxp file so that is solved but I still have to activate the program list. Is there a way to activate it using a Max message?
    • Dec 06 2016 | 1:51 pm
      I cannot edit my posts so sorry for a new reply: Loading the fxp file is no problem but if I have to open the vst window to activate the program list (and I have 7 vsts to open), that defeats the process of loading an fxp file.
    • Dec 07 2016 | 5:34 pm
      I think on my mac the Native-Instruments vst's remain activated after closing and re-opening them.
    • Dec 08 2016 | 9:57 am
      The vst is active indeed once loaded. I want to load a program list (fxp file) but then I have to activate that list and I cannot see a way of doing that with messages. As such, the user will have to open the vst window and activate the list. While a simple operation, I want to avoid that the user has to do it.
    • Dec 08 2016 | 12:21 pm
      Loading fxb or fxp, whichever goes better with specific plugin, depends totaly on plugin used.If plugin can have some kind of default bank, list or whatever it calls it, then max would be able to deal with it, either by sending program recall, or by storing and loading Plugin States (fxb or fxp). That's it. If Plugin can't do that, max can't deal with it. So if your plugin is dumb before opening it up and manually selecting a list with presets, or samples to load, forget it.