How To Use External MIDI Instruments With Cubase

Cubase made its name as a MIDI sequencer for external hardware and that's still a popular way to use it. Matt Hepworth walks you through the building blocks of the setup.  

Although plug-ins are a popular way to generate sound, many DAWs started life as MIDI-only sequencers which would need to be connected to external MIDI hardware. Cubase is in fact one of the very longest-lived of the DAWs out there, and originally made its name as a MIDI sequencer long before hard disk recording or plugins even existed. Virtually any electronic instrument you can buy will have MIDI capability, and the resurgence in the popularity of hardware, especially synths, has meant that Cubase's ability to control external gear is as important as ever. In this short video from the course Cubase 10 102: MIDI Recording and Editing, Matt Hepworth shows you how to set it up.

Cubase 10 102: MIDI Recording and Editing

Matt demonstrates the building blocks of a system where you connect Cubase to an instrument via MIDI and then record the audio outputs of that instrument back into Cubase via an interface. This can happen in a variety of ways depending on your equipment. The MIDI may be DIN format via a MIDI interface, or it might be over USB. The audio could be via Jack plugs, or it too might be over USB. What's crucial to understand is the way it all fits together, and that's what you'll learn in this video. Be sure to check out the full course using the links below for a complete guide to recording and editing MIDI in Cubase.

Watch the course Cubase 10 102: MIDI Recording and Editing in the Ask.Audio Academy | macProVideo | Ask.Video

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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