So! My controller has arrived yesterday and it took me a little while to get it properly working either with FL and Reaper, the two DAWs I use. I was so frustrated trying to figure out what was going on that at a certain point I even suspected that I had received a defective unit and considered to return it to the store. Fortunately I took a break, and today, in the second attempt, I got lucky. I will describe the step by step to setup the controller software as well FL and Reaper with the hope that it may help someone else.
Arturia setup - This video helped me with this part.
1) Connect the Arturia MK 3 to the computer with the USB cable that comes with it
2) Go to their website, login in your account and register the product
3) Download Analog Lab Intro, install and activate it
4) Download Arturia Midi Control Center, install it (agree when it asks to update firmware)
5) Hold your horses and don't rush to you DAW yet! First test the controller directly with the Analog Lab Intro and ensure that all keys, knobs and faders are responding
6) If it doesn't
ensure that it has the proper MIDI settings: click the icon with the three horizontal dashes at the left side of the "ANALOG LAB INTRO" name in blue and pick the option "Audio MIDI Settings". Ensure that "Minilab3 MIDI" is checked.
7) You should be OK now!
Fruity Loops setup
1) I suggest you use ASIO4ALL
2) In FL, go to the menu Options -> MIDI settings
3) In the "Input" section ensure that ALL "MiniLab" options are set to "Active" (click the "Enable" checkbox)
4) In the "Controller type" list choose "(generic controller)"
5) Now in your actual Minilab controller hold "Shift" key and press "Prog" (third pad) until it displays "DAW".
6) Back to FL open the Step Sequencer (F6) and insert/replace the "Analog Lab V" from the instruments list - at this point the piano KEYS should work but the knobs and the faders should not.
No panic, we will take care of it right now.
7) Ensure that the "Analog Lab V" VST screen is being displayed. Now to make faders and knobs work, first click the small icon at the top of FL screen that looks like a joystick (old version) or a mixer knob (new version). It is in the same group as the link and metronome icons. When you click it, the led aside it will lit.
8) Now using your mouse click and turn a bit every one of the 8 knobs in the screen interface one by one (not the controller, in your VS on the screen
). Doing it you are saying to FL that you want to map those controllers. You will notice that a text will appear in the top of the screen and then will scroll up and fade down, meaning that FL got your command. It will happen for each knob you click and turn.
9) Now get back to the joystick/knob icon and right-click it. It will show a context menu. Pick the option "Override generic links". A small window will display. Don't touch it.
10) Now slightly turn the knobs of your actual Arturia Controller
in the same order as you touched their respective knobs in the screen interface. After you turn the last knob everything should be configured and everything should work fine now, meaning that when you move the knobs in the controller the virtual knobs will move together on screen. Try it.
11) Repeat the steps 6-9 for the faders and you're done.
12) The best part is that you just need to do it once as FL will remember your settings from now on.
Note: I still use an old version of FL (vs. 10) and I realized that if you turn the knobs of the controller too quickly they will turn funky in FL, so to avoid it just turn your knobs a bit slower and everything will be fine. It won't happen in the faders though. I don't know if the Image Line team fixed it in the newest versions.
1) I suggest you use ASIO4ALL
2) In Reaper, go to Options -> Preferences -> Device. Ensure that "Audio system" is set to ASIO and that "Enable inputs" is checked
3) Go to Options -> Preferences -> MIDI Devices. Ensure that all Minilab 3 options are set to "Enabled". Close Preferences.
4) Add a new track, and click the red "arm" button (it should lit on)
5) Aside it click "I/O" and in the MIDI section (right hand) change "<no output>" to "Minilab 3 MIDI". Close it.
6) Click "USB Audio CODED 1" and choose Input: MIDI -> Minilab 3MIDI -> All Channels
7) Right aside it, click the small loudspeaker icon (looks like a triangle pointing to the right). It's to activate monitoring then you can hear what you play. Ensure it's lit in green.
8) Click the "FX" button and then add "Arturia Analog Lab V" from the list. Now the piano keys already should work but the knobs and the faders will not
. Again, no panic.
9) In your actual Minilab controller hold "Shift" key and press "Prog" (third pad) until it displays "Arturia". This is a bit tricky because actually you should use "DAW" mode (the "Arturia" mode should be only to play live directly with the Analog Lab Intro app) exactly as we did in Fruity Loops but for some mysterious reason the only way of having the knobs and faders of your controller linked to Reaper is setting it to "Arturia" mode. If you're trying to set it up it with another DAW always try the two modes and see what works for you.