Set Up

These are the instructions to get set up for the first time.

Once you have downloaded everything that you need from Downloads page follow these simple steps to start playing in no time.

NOTE: Plug in any USB midi keyboards or controllers BEFORE you start Soft Arranger or else they will not be available.

  1. First lets set up a virtual MIDI port for Soft Arranger to send MIDI data on.
    On Windows:

    • If loop Midi is running you should see a small MIDI icon in the taskbar. Double click this icon. And the loopMIDI window will open.
    • In the “New port-name” field we write “Arranger Port” and hit the plus button.
    • Close the window and you’re done.

    On Mac:

    • Go to finder and search for an application called audio MIDI setup.
    • Go to the menu window and click Show MIDI window.
    • Double click on the icon called IAC driver and a window will open.
    • Click on the plus button to add a port. It will have a default name but you can double click on it and change the name to “Arranger Port”.
    • Close the window and you’re done.
  2. Install Reaper and configure the MIDI input. Once Reaper is installed go to the menu Options>Preferences and then MIDI Devices tab. In the right top pane you will find a list of available MIDI sources. Right click on “Arranger Port” and you must select “Enable input” and also “Enable input for control messages”.
  3. Install TX16Wx.
  4. Install SWS / S&M extension.
  5. Load the Soft Arranger preset into Reaper.
  6. Start Soft Arranger and in the Options window we need to make a few settings.
    • If you are using a MIDI keyboard set your chord input method to “MIDI keyboard” and in the drop-down menu you should select your keyboard model and CH3. If you don’t have a keyboard connected you can set PC keyboard as the chord input method and play chords from your computer keyboard.
    • If you will play the melody from the same keyboard as the chords then you can set “how you will play notes” to “MIDI keyboard”, set MIDI Chanel to 3 and set a split point.
    • In “Select how you will control the Arranger” you can leave it set to “Screen”.
    • To finish in “Select your sound generator midi port” set it to the “Arranger Port” you created before.
  7. Finally go back to Soft Arranger to start playing.
    • Select a Style or Midi File from the list and hit LOAD
    • Select an active pattern from the grid of 32 buttons.
    • When you play a chord on your MIDI keyboard soft arranger will start.
    • To stop you can hit the pattern colored red for an ending or simply hit STOP to end abruptly.

You can download styles for Soft Arranger here.