VS-700: ERROR MESSAGE: “Unable to read/write data” (Fantom VS Editor)

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When inserting the Fantom VS Editor into SONAR, you may receive the following error message:

        Unable to read/write data

        Choose Help - Fantom VS Editor Manual, and refer to 7. If the display indicates 'Unable to read/write data'.

This message is most likely related to configuration settings. The error message refers to page 7 in the Fantom VS help document that discusses "Initial MIDI device settings in SONAR".

To resolve this error message, please check the following settings very carefully:

1.    Make sure the VS-700R is connected and powered on before starting SONAR and trying to insert the Fantom VS Editor. If SONAR cannot detect the Fantom VS hardware, then you will receive this error message.

2.    Make sure that in SONAR's VST Scan options, you are not scanning more Fantom VS components than you have the physical hardware for. Depending on the choices you selected when installing, you may have installed "Fantom VS.dll" and "Fantom VS (2).dll" into the following locations on your computer. If you have done this, you will want to remove the extra components from those locations or exclude them from your VST Scan options.
If you are running:

    a. 64-bit SONAR with one VS-700R, you should only have one "Fantom VS.dll" in C:\Program Files\Cakewalk\Vstplugins\Fantom VS

    b. 64-bit SONAR with two VS-700Rs, you should have both "Fantom VS.dll" and "Fantom VS(2).dll" inC:\Program Files\Cakewalk\Vstplugins\Fantom VS

    c. 32-bit SONAR with one VS-700R, you should only have one "Fantom VS.dll" in C:\Program Files (x86)\Cakewalk\Vstplugins\Fantom VS

    d. 32-bit SONAR with two VS-700Rs, you should have both "Fantom VS.dll" and "Fantom VS(2).dll" inC:\Program Files (x86)\Cakewalk\Vstplugins\Fantom VS

3.    Make sure that Fantom VS Editor itself has its MIDI ports assigned properly. Failure to configure this will result in the above error message. To set this up properly do the following:

    a. Insert the Fantom VS Editor by going to Insert > Soft Synth > Fantom VS.

    b. In the Insert Soft Synth Options menu, place a check mark next to "MIDI Source", "First Synth Audio Output" and "Synth Property Page".

    c. Click [OK].

    d. In the Fantom VS Editor, go to Setup > Setup MIDI Devices...

    e. Assign the Fantom VS Input and Output ports to "FANTOM VS (VS-700)" and click [OK]

     f. If you have two VS-700Rs:

         i. Insert a second instance by going to Insert > Soft Synth > Fantom VS (2)

         ii. In the Insert Soft Synth Options menu place a check mark next to "MIDI Source", "First Synth Audio Output" and "Synth Property Page".

         iii. Click [OK].

         iv. In the second Fantom VS Editor, go to Setup > Setup MIDI Devices…

         v. Assign the Fantom VS Input and Output ports to "FANTOM VS (2-VS-700)" and click [OK].

4.    In SONAR's MIDI Devices menu, make sure you have enabled "FANTOM VS (VS-700)" under both Inputs and Outputs. If you have a second VS-700R you will also want to enable "FANTOM VS (2-VS-700)".

    a. In SONAR 8.5 and earlier this is found under Options > MIDI Devices

    b. In SONAR X1 and later, this is found under Edit > Preferences > MIDI > Devices

5.    Make sure that you do not have a Control Surface Plug-in set to send or receive MIDI data to the "FANTOM VS (VS-700)" MIDI ports. If a Control Surface Plug-in has its "In Port" or "Out Port" set to these ports, it could be filtering out the MIDI data that is meant to be sent between SONAR and the Fantom VS hardware. This could result in unwanted behavior such as hearing notes from the Fantom VS when pressing a button on the VS-700C or your keyboard.

    a. In SONAR 8.5 and earlier this is found under Options > Controllers/Surfaces

    b. In SONAR X1 and later this is found under Edit > Preferences > MIDI > Control Surfaces