Controlling FabFilter Volcano 2's parameters directly with MIDI is very easy using
the MIDI Learn feature. With MIDI Learn, you can associate any MIDI controller
with any parameter.
Click the MIDI Learn button in the bottom bar to enter MIDI Learn mode. The interface dims and the parameters that can be controlled are highlighted. Each parameter has a small text balloon that displays the associated controller number. Now do the following to associate a controller number with a parameter:
Touch the control of the desired parameter in the interface that you wish to control. A red square will mark the chosen parameter.
Adjust the slider or knob on your MIDI keyboard or MIDI controller that you want to associate with that parameter.
That's it! The parameter will now be controlled with the MIDI controller. You can now go back to step 1 to associate a different parameter. Note that there is no warning when you associate a different knob with a controller number that is already used. It will just be replaced.
To exit MIDI Learn mode, click the MIDI Learn button again, or click Close at the top of the interface.
Click the small menu drop-down button next to the MIDI Learn button to access the MIDI Learn menu:
- Disable/Enable MIDI
This globally turns MIDI control of parameters on or off: useful in hosts that automatically send all MIDI events on a track to all effect plug-ins associated with that track as well.
This submenu shows all parameter associations and lets you delete individual associations or clear all associations in one step.
Reverts to the last saved MIDI mapping (or the state when the plug-in was started).
Saves the current MIDI mapping so Revert will go back to this state. The current mapping is automatically saved when closing the plug-in.
Routing MIDI to effect plug-ins
For MIDI Learn to work properly, the plug-in need to actually receive MIDI of course.
Depending on your host, it can be quite difficult to route MIDI data to effect plug-ins.
Here's how to do it in the most important hosts:
- Logic Pro
Instead of adding FabFilter Volcano 2 to one of the insert slots, create a new
Instrument Track, and click on the Instrument slot. Then choose
AU MIDI-controlled Effects > FabFilter > FF Volcano 2.
Now, the plug-in receives MIDI. To get audio into the plug-in, click the
'Side Chain' drop down menu in Logic's plug-in header and choose
the actual input track. Next, you can mute that original track, so you only hear
the audio through the plug-in. The only downside is that plug-ins with an
external side-chain cannot use it anymore.
Simply create a new MIDI track and set its output to the Volcano 2
instance you would like to control via MIDI.
- Pro Tools
Create a new MIDI track. From the MIDI input drop down menu, choose
your MIDI device (if not already selected) and from the MIDI output drop down menu,
choose FabFilter Volcano 2 -> channel 1 for the instance you would like to control.
- Ableton Live
First of all, create a new MIDI track. From the 'MIDI from' drop down
menu, choose your MIDI device (if not already selected). Then, in the 'MIDI to' drop
down menu, choose the Audio track that has FabFilter Volcano 2 on it. NOTE: only the
first plug-in on any track can receive MIDI!
Next: Undo, redo, A/B switch