Obelisk Instructions

Obelisk is a MIDI instrument and can be connected to any source that accepts MIDI, for example software synths and samplers. The way this is done is different for each DAW. This page explains how it is setup in some of the popular DAWs. Please contact me if you would like contribute methods to this page.


Ableton Live

  • Add Obelisk to MIDI track
  • Add synth plugin to a second MIDI track
  • Both tracks have to be armed. Ableton’s default settings only let you arm one track at a time, in which case you have to press ctrl+click on the arm recording button (command+click on Mac)
  • On the In/Out section of the second¬†track with the instrument plugin, change the Input Type of MIDI From ‘All Ins’ to ‘Obelisk’
  • Underneath Input Type is Input Channel. Change it from ‘Pre FX’ to ‘Obelisk’





  • Add a new virtual instrument track and select Obelisk
  • In the FX window for this track you will see Obelisk listed as a VSTi on the left
  • In the bottom left of this window is an Add button, press this and select the synth you want – the synth needs to be after Obelisk in the chain





  • Add Obelisk to a MIDI track
  • Add synth plugin to a second MIDI track
  • On the synth MIDI track change the MIDI input to be ‘Obelisk – MIDI Out’, this is found in the inspector (usually on the left of the screen) – see picture
  • Both the Obelisk track and the synth track need to be selected(highlighted white), this is done by ¬†ctrl+clicking (or command+clicking) – see picture




FL Studio

  • Add Obelisk and your synth plugin to the channel rack
  • Open Obelisk, and click the gear icon in the top left of the window
  • Click the plugin settings button that appears – see picture
  • Set the ‘Output port’ to a number of your choosing
  • In your synth plugin open the same settings GUI and set the ‘Input port’ to the number you have chosen