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Setting up your studio

Learn how to set-up MIDI & Satellite connections between DAW applications and VoiceQ Pro.

NOTE: Please keep your Pro Tools version 2023.3.0 or below if you plan on using MIDI Connectivity.

Setting Up a Local Connection

When it comes to integrating VoiceQ Pro seamlessly into your digital audio workstation (DAW) environment, establishing a local connection is paramount. This is achieved through various methods, such as utilizing an in-built IAC (Inter-Application Communication) MIDI port, dedicated MIDI hardware, or leveraging AVID Satellite or ReWire technology.

Single-device setup for VoiceQ Pro
In-Built IAC MIDI Port/MIDI Hardware/AVID Satellite or ReWire

Each of these methods offers its own advantages. The in-built IAC MIDI port allows for direct communication between different software applications on your system, facilitating the exchange of MIDI data. On the other hand, employing dedicated MIDI hardware provides a robust and reliable connection, ensuring a stable flow of information between VoiceQ Pro and your digital audio workstation.

For those seeking even greater efficiency, the integration of AVID Satellite or ReWire technology can be a game-changer. AVID Satellite, in particular, enables the offloading of processing tasks to a separate system, reducing the load on your primary workstation and ensuring a smoother, more streamlined workflow.

Seamless Integration with Pro Tools and Supported DAWs

Once the local connection is established, VoiceQ Pro seamlessly integrates with industry-standard digital audio workstations like Pro Tools, as well as other supported DAWs. This integration opens up a world of possibilities, allowing you to enhance your audio production process with the advanced features and capabilities offered by VoiceQ Pro.

Multi-Screen Layout for Optimal Performance

To fully harness the potential of this setup, it is recommended to have a multi-screen layout in place. This configuration provides the necessary screen real estate to effectively manage the various elements of VoiceQ Pro and your chosen DAW. With multiple screens at your disposal, you can have dedicated views for the script, timeline, audio tracks, and other essential components, thereby optimizing your workflow and enhancing productivity.

In summary, setting up a local connection for VoiceQ Pro involves choosing between different methods like IAC MIDI port, MIDI hardware, AVID Satellite, or ReWire. Once established, VoiceQ Pro seamlessly integrates with popular DAWs, with a multi-screen layout recommended for optimal performance and productivity. This comprehensive setup ensures a smooth and efficient audio production process.

Benefits

Engineer has direct control over audio mixing and VoiceQ Pro

Actor/Talent can see changes made live in studio

Best used for final scripts in studio

Engineer has the option to record without a director

Changes need to be made by an engineer

Overlay window may be used to record multiple reels in the studio


Videos

Setting Up A Local Satellite Connection

This tutorial shows you how to integrate Pro Tools Ultimate/HD and VoiceQ Pro 7.0+ connection on your macOS device. For more information refer to: AVID Satellite user manual

Setting Up A Local Midi Connection

This tutorial shows you how to integrate Pro Tools and VoiceQ via Local MIDI connection on your mac. For more information refer to: Pro tools user manual

Using VoiceQ Pro's Rewire on Apple Silicon Devices

This tutorial shows you how to integrate VoiceQ Pro's Rewire feature on Apple Silicon devices. For more information refer to: Rewire user manual


VoiceQ in the Studio (via Network MIDI)

In professional studio setups, the ability to seamlessly integrate VoiceQ Pro through Network MIDI is a game-changing feature. This approach enables you to control VoiceQ Pro from a separate device connected to the same local network, expanding the scope of your production capabilities.

Multi-device setup for VoiceQ Pro
Utilizing a Local Network Connection with macOS MIDI Support

This integration is facilitated through the utilization of the robust macOS MIDI support. By establishing a local network connection, you can bridge the gap between your primary workstation and the remote device running VoiceQ Pro. This connection allows for the smooth transmission of MIDI data, ensuring precise and timely control over VoiceQ Pro's functions.

Direct Integration with Pro Tools and Supported DAWs on Another Device

With this setup, VoiceQ Pro can be directly plugged into industry-standard digital audio workstations like Pro Tools. Additionally, it extends its compatibility to other renowned DAWs including Logic, Reaper, and Nuendo, operating on a separate device within the network. This means you have the flexibility to choose the DAW that best suits your production needs.

The Requirement for a Multi-Device Layout

To harness the full potential of this setup, it's imperative to have a multi-device layout in place, typically involving another macOS computer. This additional device serves as the platform for running VoiceQ Pro, allowing for dedicated control and management. With this multi-device configuration, you can allocate specific tasks to each machine, optimizing your workflow and increasing productivity.

Enhanced Control and Flexibility in Production

By incorporating VoiceQ Pro into your studio environment via Network MIDI, you unlock a new level of control and flexibility. This setup empowers you to manipulate VoiceQ Pro's functions in real-time from a remote device, providing a dynamic and responsive production experience.

Seamless Integration for Streamlined Workflows

The integration of VoiceQ Pro with Pro Tools and other supported DAWs through Network MIDI streamlines your production process. It allows for a seamless exchange of information and control between devices, ensuring that your creative vision is executed with precision and efficiency.

In summary, utilizing VoiceQ Pro in the studio via Network MIDI involves establishing a local network connection with macOS MIDI support. This allows for direct integration with Pro Tools and other supported DAWs on a separate device. A multi-device layout, typically involving another macOS computer, is essential for maximizing the benefits of this setup, providing enhanced control and flexibility in the production process.

Benefits

Direct connection between 2 or more devices*

Dedicated VoiceQ macOS device

Dedicated Pro Tools device (Windows/macOS)

Option to run a Windows device for recording

Director has complete control over VoiceQ script and video output

Engineer has direct control over audio mixing

Actor/Talent can see changes made live in studio


Videos

Setting Up A Network Satellite Connection

This tutorial shows you how to integrate Pro Tools Ultimate/HD and VoiceQ Pro 7.0+ via Network connection to two different macOS devices. For more information refer to: AVID Satellite user manual

Setting Up A Network Midi Connection

This tutorial shows you how to integrate Pro Tools and VoiceQ via a Network MIDI connection between two mac's.

Setting Up A Midi Connection Via Midi Device

This tutorial shows you how to integrate Pro Tools and VoiceQ connection via MIDI device between two mac's.


Studio media guides

These guides focus on VoiceQ Pro integration with numerous DAW via MIDI/Rewire.

AVID Satellite Integration
Pro Tools MIDI Integration
Logic Pro MIDI Integration (2023)
Logic Pro X MIDI Integration (2020)
Nuendo MIDI/ReWire Integration
Reaper MIDI/ReWire Integration

FAQ

How do i activate MIDI chase from VoiceQ?

Examples of settings to activate when using VoiceQ MIDI chase:

Chase external Timecode: There is a Chase Icon visible in the lower left corner, you must select this to initiate MIDI/ReWire Chase in DAW programs.
Selecting MIDI in Preferences: MIDI is active by default, but you can change and view the settings for MIDI connection located here: VoiceQ>Preferences>Global>DAW

Why can't i see chase in Pro Tools when making a selection in VoiceQ?

There are multiple settings that must be activated for Chase to take place between Pro Tools and VoiceQ see the following for details:

Synchronization settings: Be sure that you check both boxes for Machine Chase. To view these navigate to 'Pro Tools>Preferences>Synchronization (tab)'​​

Reader and Generator ports: Allow the MTC Reader Port to read the correct incoming signal using the dropdown menu. Set both the MTC Reader port and MTC generator port to your currently active MIDI input/output. If you still have an issue with the chase set the MTC Reader to 'Any'. Navigate to 'Setup>Peripherals>Synchronization (tab)'

Machine Control: Be sure that you check both boxes for Machine Control for both Master and Slave. Navigate to 'Setup>Peripherals>Machine Control (tab)'

I can chase but i cannot play from Pro Tools, why is this happening?

This often occurs when the user does not set-up Pro Tools options correctly.

Synchronization: Open 'Pro Tools>Preferences>Synchronization' and be sure to set both Machine Chase/Follow 'On' as per the image below:


Beat Clock: Be sure that you select your network/local MIDI here. The Beat Clock controls Playback and often is the cause of this issue. Navigate to Setup>MIDI>MIDI Beat Clock...

Can i connect via midi to pro tools on windows?
You may run VoiceQ on a mac and connect it to Pro tools on windows but it will require a hardware MIDI connection or third party application to run successfully. We do not recommend it, but it is possible to use it in this configuration.

Download rtpMIDI and set it up just like the macOS set-up guide.

On your mac be sure to turn on both routings:

I'm having issues with sync over two apple devices, how do i maintain sync?

Apple MIDI Studio takes care of the MIDI connection via software. Check the routings are correct. Often you may need to change the Port number. Also check that your firewall allows transmissions between computers in your network.

Do you support Pro Tools | First?

We currently do not support Pro Tools First as it has limited controls and not enough operational control to match VoiceQ. You can use our ReWire plug-in but with Pro Tools First being limited it is hard to take full advantage of all the features in VoiceQ. We recommend running Logic X, Pro Tools & Pro Tools HD.

The video is freezing. Why?

This error is caused by time-code mismatch. Please ensure your timecode matches in both Pro Tools and VoiceQ.