EHCo External MIDI Hardware Controller

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EHCo External MIDI Hardware Controller

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EHCo is an add-on product for Forte Performer Edition and is available separately.  It is included with Forte Producer Edition.  See www.brainspawn.com for details on trying and purchasing EHCo.

 

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Getting Started

This section will tell you how to get EHCo started as quickly as possible.

 

1.Install EHCo - EHCo is provided as a self-installing program (.EXE) file.  To install, double click the installation program file and follow the instructions in the installation wizard.  You will need to agree to the End User License Agreement and enter your User Name and License Key.
2.Start Forte
3.Add EHCo to a new rack - Click the add button on FORTE’s head- er module.  In the pop-up menu of plug-in choices select the brain- spawn sub-menu and select EHCo.  EHCo will be added to the rack.
4.Open EHCo’s plug-in console - Open the EHCo console by clicking the arrow button next to the “brainspawn EHCo” name in the instrument module.
5.Select a MIDI Output Port – Click the arrow in the Output Port box to open a menu of available output ports.  If no ports are available, open FORTE Program Settings and select MIDI Output Ports.
6.Play MIDI Input - At this point EHCo should receive MIDI input and echoing it to the selected MIDI output port.

 

Overview

EHCo extends FORTE’s features to external MIDI hardware devices.  The name EHCo is short for “External Hardware Controller.”  EHCo is added to FORTE racks in the same way other VSTi and DXi instruments are added.  EHCo can be found in the FORTE instrument menu under ‘brainspawn’.  This Operations Manual assumes you are familiar with Forte operation.  Although EHCo is a plug-in, it will not operate with other host applications.  It is designed to work closely with FORTE’s built-in features.  For example, although EHCo outputs MIDI data, it does so through Forte’s internal capabilities.  This enables MIDI port management to be centralized within FORTE.

 

EHCo receives MIDI input like any other VST or DXi virtual instrument, which it echoes to a selected MIDI output port.  This enables you to use Forte’s sophisticated MIDI filtering and routing capabilities to control external hardware.  Additionally, this enables you to send specific MIDI messages, including system exclusive to external devices on FORTE scene change.

 

How It Works Within Forte

VSTi and DXi instrument plug-ins take MIDI and audio in and send audio out.  EHCo extends this to external hardware connected to the PC with MIDI output ports.  EHCo will pass audio through it without modification, which can be a handy way to do guitar processing with a single instrument module.  In this case, the audio input is the guitar, which passes through EHCo into other VST processors and to the output, while the MIDI output is used to control external gear like guitar processors.

 

Adding EHCo to a FORTE Rack

To add EHCo click the add button on FORTE’s header module.  In the pop- up menu of plug-in choices select the brainspawn sub-menu and select EHCo.  EHCo will be added to the rack.  You may then open the EHCo console by clicking the arrow button next to the “brainspawn EHCo” name in the instrument module.