Imprint 1 - Mono Setup with Massive 03 Feb 2016

by Industrial Radio


NOTE: We are now only recommending Imprint setups in Ableton Live. We will leave this article online as a reference for users have already implemented it. In future, all new setup information will be on the Articles page of the Support section of the website.

In this post we will set up a basic monophonic Imprint™ setup in Bidule using Native Instruments Massive.

To achieve this setup you will need the following:

  • Bidule
  • Reaktor 6
  • IR Imprint Module
  • NI Massive
  • PRO-4 / PRO-5

NOTE: This setup will work for all midi bass users who have upgraded to bass firmware revision 16, ie. 2.16, 3.16, 4.16, 5.16.

Connections in Bidule

Screenshot of Bidule work environment hosting Imprint Module within NI Reaktor 6, NI Massive and Bidule Studio Mixer

The screenshot above shows the Bidule work environment with the IR Imprint Module (within Reaktor 6), NI Massive and the Bidule mixer. Screenshot of connected plugin icons within Bidule

Above is a closeup of the plugin icons and the connections made between them.

IR Fretsense port 1

This is the MIDI USB output from the FSI-1. We connect the MIDI from this port to both the MIDI input on Massive and Reaktor 6. Note that in the Bidule environment inputs are located along the top of the plugin icon and outputs are located along the bottom. Blue inputs/outputs represent audio. Grey inputs/outputs represent MIDI.

NOTE: If you are using an MBM-1 instead of an FSI-1 you will have to take the MIDI from your midi/audio interface.

NI Massive

As you can see Massive has a stereo audio output, ie. 2 blue outputs, and a MIDI output. Connect the 2 audio outputs to the first 2 inputs on Reaktor 6.

RME Fireface UCX (inputs)

This is our soundcard's inputs. With the MIDI SEND mode Imprint 1 we are achieving a mono Imprint setup by simply taking the bass audio from the FSI-1 MAG (magnetic) output. The more advanced polyphonic Imprint setups, namely Imprint 2 and Imprint 3, require the use of multiple instances of synths, ie. one per string, each with its own instance or Reaktor, IR Imprint Module and piezo audio signal. But since this is a mono Imprint setup all we have to do is connect the bass audio input from the RME Fireface UCX to the third input on the Reaktor 6 plugin icon.

NOTE: Soundcard inputs and outputs represented in the Bidule environment correspond to physical inputs and outputs on the audio interface. This means that the actual position of the inputs/outputs on the plugin icon within Bidule will depend on how you have your audio interface wired up, which may be different from what is illustrated in this post.

Reaktor 6 / IR Imprint Module

Now that Reaktor 6 is receiving the output from the synth, your electric bass signal and the fret information carried via MIDI on CC24, the IR Imprint Module can contour and shape the synth's output accordingly.

Stereo Mixer (optional)

Bidule's own Stereo Mixer module is a handy tool so you can control the output gain quickly and easily within Bidule, however, it is not absolutely required and it may be preferrable to use another plugin, audio interface software or physical controls on an audio interface. Connect the Reaktor 6 outputs to the inputs of the mixer.

RME Fireface UCX (outputs)

Finally, to get the stereo mix out to the soundcard we connect the 2 outputs on the Stereo Mixer to the RME Fireface UCX.

NI Massive Settings

Screenshot of Native Instruments Massive with highlighted areas

Above is a screenshot of Massive showing three highlighted areas. These controls are the most important when it comes to actually configuring the synth and the bass. Here is what you need to do:

Set the MIDI channel on Massive

In this example we have set Massive to receive on MIDI channel 1.

Click on the VOICING tab

This will reveal the Voicing and Trigger settings.

Set Voicing to 'Monorotate'

This is the optimal setting for monophonic setups with Massive.

Set Trigger to 'Legato'

Legato mode is necessary to ensure that you can slide the notes.

Bass Settings

Use the following settings on the bass.

Set MIDI SEND (D2) to 'Imprint 1'

Set MIDI OUT (D4) to '1'

This is because you have set the MIDI IN on Massive to receive on MIDI channel 1.


In this post we have shown how to set up a mono Imprint, ie. Imprint 1, setup using Massive. However, you could quite easily substitute Massive with another virtual instrument that supports Legato.

The MIDI SEND mode Imprint 1 gives all PRO-4 and PRO-5 users the opportunity to set up an Imprint mode whether they have an MBM-1 or FSI-1 because it uses the mono output of the electric bass instead of the piezo outputs for each string. This is a great setup for simply trying out Imprint. The Imprint 2 and Imprint 3 MIDI SEND modes are designed for polyphonic setups and are certainly the ideal setup but we hope that the Imprint 1 setup will help all of our customers to get a sense of the dynamic performance of an Imprint setup.