Cubase for Idiots

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Member Since: Feb 18, 2007

I just got an M-audio Ozone that I've been using with Reason with no problems, but right now I'm borrowing my friend's Microkorg and I'm running it through the Ozone and I'd like to record it with Cubase. I tried adding a midi device in Cubase but it didn't work or I didn't understand the options. I know very, very little technical jargon. I read through the Ozone manual but it didn't help.

If someone could just tell me how to record the microkorg with the ozone in cubase it would make my day for reals.

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edit0r
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Since: Aug 17, 2004


Feb 20, 2007 05:58 pm

Are you trying to record the audio or MIDI from the microkorg, or Trigger the Microkorg with the ozone, or ?

Welcome to HRC BTW :-).

Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Feb 21, 2007 07:55 pm

The Ozone is actually a midi and audio interface. YOu can simply plug the MicroKorg outputs into the line inputs of the Ozone and use it as an audio interface.

I am not a crook's head
Member
Since: Mar 14, 2003


Feb 22, 2007 10:37 am

I tried to fool around with MIDI in cubase for the first time this week.

I now understand why so many people tag Cubase as "difficult"...those people must have all been trying to use MIDI in Cubase.

All I wanted was to use a soundfont containing drum sounds, and step sequence it inside Cubase. It ended up feeling like I was trying to wire the innards of a nuclear bomb or something. Sheesh, I've never been so frustrated!

Member
Since: Dec 11, 2006


Feb 23, 2007 11:43 am

lol

now do u all see what i have been getting at the last few months XDDDDDDDDDDDDD!

I am not a crook's head
Member
Since: Mar 14, 2003


Feb 23, 2007 11:54 am

Yes I do. I love it for recording audio, which is almost entirely what I do in my home studio. I don't own any keyboards or MIDI interfaces so I'm stuck step-sequencing everything.

Just getting to the point where I could draw notes and have them play as drum sounds was more complicated than anything I've ever tried to do with Cubase. Maybe it was just because it was new to me, but it seemed needlessly complicated.

I think that I used every curse word in the book, plus I think that I coined a few new ones in the process. Then just to find out that my machine doesn't have enough memory or processor power to actually run it as a part of a project. Pfffft. Stoopid computer.

Answer:On a good day, lipstick.
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Since: Jun 24, 2004


Feb 23, 2007 03:24 pm

Quote: I don't own any keyboards or MIDI interfaces so I'm stuck step-sequencing everything.

Ouch....

If I had to do that, I'm be a raving drunk...

....hold on....

er....

Never mind....

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Feb 23, 2007 04:14 pm

I did step time for a long time, it's not a big deal for somebody like me that can't play piano anyway...

I am not a crook's head
Member
Since: Mar 14, 2003


Feb 23, 2007 04:45 pm

Exactly dB, I can't play piano to save my life.

Although I have been thinking about getting one of those little 2 or 3 octave M-Audio USB MIDI keyboards, just to tap out rhythms and such.

bace135 in the house tonight!
Member
Since: Jan 28, 2003


Feb 23, 2007 04:49 pm

I did step sequencing for years. Drum and instruments. I have a keyboard now, so I now do a combo, maybe find the melody on the keyboard and then step sequence it, cuz it might be faster than me playing it, and then adjusting the midi data to actually make it sound right.

Never messed with cubase though...

Member
Since: Dec 11, 2006


Feb 23, 2007 04:53 pm

then your sanity has been saved ;)

XD

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Feb 23, 2007 06:36 pm

Yeah, I still like having a keyboard if not for beats, just little runs of notes and such...it's handy

Czar of Midi
Administrator
Since: Apr 04, 2002


Feb 25, 2007 04:58 pm

Yep, Cubase and audio are great. But as you found out their midi implementation is for the birds. One click and your in in Sonar, and all the tools are intuitive and right there with the click of a mouse or the press of the correct key stroke. I map my own keys on the PC keyboard for switching between the different tool tips and views. But I do like having the controller's for drums and keys myself, although there are times when it is faster to just step write it.

Member
Since: Feb 18, 2007


Mar 02, 2007 09:02 pm

thanks for the responses people, I solved it, turns out it was an obscure setting that I overlooked in the devices panel. I ended up calling the M-Audio people, who were surprisingly really really helpful. I've got the microkorg hooked in to the Ozone as an instrument (so not midi), and then the ozone is hooked into my computer.

Yeah Cubase is mental! It can do a lot but I'm having some rage blackouts trying to set it up. Actually I have another question for you guys, I've managed to run Fruityloops through it semisuccessfully and now I'm trying to use the Native Instruments Pro53 VST but I'm having trouble. I can play the Pro53 with the Ozone outside of Cubase but not in Cubase. The Ozone is hooked up properly to Cubase though because it responds when I touch a key however it doesn't play the Pro53. I'm looking really hard for a setting for the input for the Pro53 but I can't see anything to change.

umm hope that makes sense. If anyone has advice it would be greatly appreciated.

Czar of Midi
Administrator
Since: Apr 04, 2002


Mar 04, 2007 02:44 pm

You need to have both a midi track to send to the audio track that contains the PRO53 pluggin. So the midi track output needs to be aimed at the VSTi track input and the VSTi track's input needs to be assigned to the mid tracks output. Then the VSTi/audio track output needs to be assigned to the Ozone as its audio output.

Member
Since: Mar 07, 2007


Mar 07, 2007 05:23 pm

How do fix the problem of comunication between Ozone and Cubase? I have the same problem, I try to play the a1 or the vb-1 and nothing happen....

Thanx!

Pd. sorry about my english, i'm spanish

Czar of Midi
Administrator
Since: Apr 04, 2002


Mar 12, 2007 07:11 pm

You need to make sure in the preferences/midi section that the USB midi port is selected for the Ozone. Then assign it in the midi track that is feeding the software synth.

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