Virtual MIDI Router Installation

The Virtual MIDI Router from Sony acts like a virtual MIDI cable. It allows you to route MIDI inputs and outputs as if you had real hardware MIDI ports with a MIDI cable between them. ACID Pro, Vegas Pro, and other MIDI applications will think these ports are real MIDI interfaces and allow you to assign other software like the Bome Mouse Keyboard to an input just like it was a real hardware MIDI keyboard with a MIDI cable attached. It’s a very handy device so lets see how to install it.

Software Needed for this tutorial can be downloaded from the Sony Creative Software Download Utilities web site:

Sony Virtual MIDI Router

The instructions for the Virtual MIDI Router for Windows NT and Windows 2000 are included in the download package from Sony. This tutorial is for people who are running Windows XP which is not covered in Sony’s instructions:

  1. Download the Virtual MIDI Router from the Sony website and expand the ZIP file to reveal the WinNT folder. You will need to find this later in Step 10 when we install the driver.virtmidiroute-WinNTFolder
  2. Go to: Start > Control Panel and double-click on Add Hardware. (Note: you must be in Classic View to see the icons. Category View does not have this option)virtmidiroute-ControlPanel
  3. This brings up the Add Hardware Wizard. Click the Next button to begin.virtmidiroute-AddHardware01
  4. Select Yes, I have already connected the hardware. Press the Next button to continue.virtmidiroute-AddHardware02
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the list and Select Add a new hardware device and press Next.virtmidiroute-AddHardware03
  6. Select Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced) and press Next.virtmidiroute-AddHardware04
  7. Scroll down the list and Select Sound, video and game controllers and then press Next.virtmidiroute-AddHardware05
  8. Select Have Disk… and press Next.virtmidiroute-AddHardware06
  9. Press the Browse buttonvirtmidiroute-AddHardware07
  10. Navigate to the WinNT folder you unzipped in Step 1 and select the OEMSETUP.INF file. Press the Open button to continue.virtmidiroute-AddHardware08
  11. Press the OK button.virtmidiroute-AddHardware09
  12. Windows will complain that this driver has not passed their rigorous testing for software. (yea right!) Press Continue Anyway.virtmidiroute-AddHardware10
  13. If everything went right, it will have correctly found the Sonic Foundry Virtual MIDI Router (x86). Press Next to continue.virtmidiroute-AddHardware11
  14. Press Next to confirm that you want to install the Sonic Foundry Virtual MIDI Router (x86)virtmidiroute-AddHardware12
  15. Once again Windows feels compelled to warn you about unverified drivers. Once again well tell Windows that we know what we are doing and press Continue Anyway.virtmidiroute-AddHardware13
  16. At the Configuration dialog you get to select between 1 to 4 virtual MIDI ports. You only need one for this tutorial but feel free to select more. When you are finished selecting the number of ports, press OK to continue.virtmidiroute-AddHardware14
  17. Congratulations. You have successfully installed the Virtual MIDI Router. Press Finish to claim the rewards of your labor.virtmidiroute-AddHardware15

Oh yea, one last thing. Windows isn’t as robust as a “real” operating system like Unix so you have to reboot every time you make a change to the system. Maybe someday Linux will take over the desktop and we will never have to reboot our computers again. Until that day, Press OK and go get a cup of coffee. 😉

That’s it, you’re done.

Happy Recording,


Johnny “Roy” Rofrano


About John Rofrano

John Rofrano is a Senior VASST Trainer and the author of Instant ACID, a book on Sony ACID Pro software, from CMP Books. He is also the developer of Ultimate S Pro, Vegas Pro Production Assistant, Mayhem, and other software plug-ins including the FASST Apps for Sony Vegas Pro NLE software. John has been a performing musician, singer, songwriter for over 40 years, and programmer and computer architect for the past 28 years. He is also a forum moderator at the Creative COW.