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  Friday, 26 February 2021
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As a first MIDI project I am planning to make a "guitar" that plays four common chords by pressing four buttons on the "fret board" with my left fingers and pressing a button with my right thumb to strum the pressed chord. I will program an Arduino Nano to produce the single NoteOn, NoteNumber, and NoteVelocity MIDI messages for each note in the given chord, in response to button presses, and will output each message as a serial data stream from the Nano USB connector. The latter will input to a Windows 10 PC which will be loaded with a Hairless Serial-to-MIDI software interface and the AmpleSound Guitar M Lite II synthesizer.

To date I have simplified things by using a bare Nano on a breadboard hooked to my Windows laptop with a USB cord. The Nano simply turns one note on and off continuously. I see the Hairless software outputting the messages correctly. I connected Hairless to the Microsoft GS Wave Syth that is incorporated in Windows, and I hear the note playing. I am now trying to find how to add the Ample Guitar M Lite II synthesizer to complete the test setup. I down loaded the software but cannot even see how to turn it on.

I have the following questions relative to the Ample Guitar synthesizer:

1. How do I turn it on? There is no Desktop Icon and I see no application/.exe file to make one. The Activate application file doesn't turn it on. The manual says to look for shortcuts to turn it on, but the only "shortcuts" are three XML files.
2. Do I need additional host software like loopMIDI or will it link directly to Hairless like the Microsoft Synth? (I have already used loopMIDI successfully with Ampleton Live 10.)
3. Is there anything else I need to know for my simple test setup?

I will appreciate any help,

John Anderson
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Could it be a VSTI donwload SaviHost "rename "savi".exe" to the name of the name of xxxxx.dll file.
Put both in same folder and run.
https://www.hermannseib.com/english/savihost.htm

"There is probably a folder named VST and in htat a xxxx.dll file?
Thats where you put savi.exe and rename it, then just double click your renamed .exe

Well unless you run Mac.....
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I answered my own questions. The problem occurred because I didn't fully understand the Guitar Manual and Windows 10 Start menu.

I re-read the Manual carefully and followed it to re-install Guitar. This time I noticed that I needed to click on the Ample Sound Host box in the Select Components window. That was the critical step I missed before. I then allowed the creation of the Start folder and clicked Finish to complete the installation.

I researched the Windows 10 Start menu and started it by clicking on the Windows icon at the lower left corner of the screen. I found the missing program shortcuts at Ample Sound and clicked on ASHost. This brought up the missing AGMLII icon, and double-clicking on it produced Guitar! I clicked on Options and up came the Select MIDI Device window, showing that loopMIDI host was already a part of the Guitar program and already selected. All that was necessary then was to double-click on my Desktop Hairless icon to hear my "blinking" note.

John Anderson
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