Cubase Midi recording problem - need help

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Member Since: Dec 31, 2008

I'm running Cubase SX 3 on a Win Vista 32 bit OS. I just got a E-MU 0404 which installed without errors.

I can import Wave-files nad play them back and my mic input is recording fine in Cubase.

However when I want to add a MIDI track to record with my keyboard I get no sound into Cubase.

I have only connected on 5-pin MIDI cable from the keyboard OUT to the 0404-IN. In Cubase the MIDI activity monitor shows key on/off events when I press the keyboard keys. So I think Cubase understands that there is a keyboard connected and "hears" it.

So when I add a MIDI track and assign a VST instrument to it like LM7 drum synth I can't get it to work. My inspector is showing as MIDI IN my E-MU 0404 and as MIDI OUT the LM7 for MIDI port I put ANY.

Anywho, when i hit record Cubase is not recording a thing. No notes, no sound, nothing.

What else could be wrong.

BTW, in Proteus X Composer that came with my E-MU everything works fine and I can play all the instruments with my keyboard the same way it is setup right now.

Any help is appreciated!

Thanks in advance

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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Dec 31, 2008 12:23 pm

You need to set the midi track input to record and arm it. It may need to be set to omni so it hears all midi channels.

The set the midi track output to point at the LM7, and the LM7 track input as you stated to pick up the midi track output. Then make sure you have the VSTi LM7 track output set to play back out what ever audio output the 0404 is set as.

Since: Dec 31, 2008

Dec 31, 2008 12:56 pm

I did activate the record button if that is what you are referring to.

I am a total newbie at this but I have played around with all kinds of combinations already. I also set the MIDI in to ALL instead of the 0404 MIDI-IN or any other channel. I hope this is what you also addressed.

I also set the MIDI-OUT to the LM7 and the MIDI-IN is my 0404 which is connected to the keyboard.

Now the interesting part is now where do I set the output for the VSTi LM7 track?

I simply plugged in my headphones into the 0404 and I can hear wave audio and my mic monitor just fine. I can't even play back MIDI files from a friend.

I do see the tracks with all the MIDI information but the sound is not there while playback.

Any more ideas?

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Dec 31, 2008 03:25 pm

The VSTi is controlled by the midi track which you already know. The VSTi or synth portion of it is actually looked at by Cubase as an audio track and should have an output section just like and audio track. This is were you will assign the 0404 as the audio output.

So if it is the LM7 track, then click on the audio output section of it and select your 0404 as the output.

It may be referred to as VSTi output or something like that. I do not use Cubase and haven't for years so I can't tell you the exact name or location. But it should be part of the track view itself.

Since: Dec 31, 2008

Dec 31, 2008 04:14 pm

OK thanks for the info! I really appreciate it.

Here some updates. I installed Ableton that came with the E-MU 0404 and it works fine with the MIDI recording. No configuration necessary. I just selected my E-MU as Midi-in and out and that was it. So I simply was dragging an instrument onto the MIDI track and it worked perfectly.

In Cubase it seems u gotta teach that thing eeeeverything. I'm surely not saying it sucks it just requires so much more experience...

I understand your point with the VSTi settings but how come that Cubase is not even recording the key on/off events? I wouldn't bother so much if it would at least record my input even without sound just so I see the signal comes in properly. But until this point I can't even be sure if Cubase understand the Midi-signal properly.

Again, thanks for your input. I learned a LOT in the last 48 hours. But it's time to get it to work now...

Have a great and happy new year 2009!

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Dec 31, 2008 04:24 pm

Ah, I guess I missed the fact that it wasn't even recording the midi data. That is an odd issue, especially if the 0404 is seeing the incoming data and the track shows the data reading but does not record it.

I wish I knew Cubase a bit better. There are a few here who know the LE version pretty well. Hopefully they will catch this thread and help ya figure it out.

Good new year to you as well.

Since: Dec 31, 2008

Jan 01, 2009 10:11 am

OK I found the problem.

My mistake: I activated all channels in the MIDI filter - duh. After allowing all channels it worked.

Now I have another problem...

The Proteus VST won't let me hear the instruments. Looks like a bus issue I'm not sure.

Maybe someon here uses Proteus and Cubase. Give me a yell I might need help!

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 01, 2009 02:09 pm

Proteus VX?????

Since: Dec 31, 2008

Jan 01, 2009 08:35 pm

Yes, Proteus VX

I got it to work. LOL.

I forgot to load the bank when I started the VSTi in Cubase. After loading it, it was fine.

Cubase kept crashing for a few times but now it seems to work fine.

Thanks for your help again.

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