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Making my external keyboard work in Cubase 5

Discussion in 'Cubase' started by getaman, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. getaman

    getaman Guest

    Hi,
    Have tried to make my connected external keyboard work in Cubase 5 but somehow it wont connect in Cubase, I don't know what's wrong really. I connect the cable from the Midi In/Out-ports on the keyboard and it goes to the USB-port on the computer. I also tested the connection with Midiox and there is nothing wrong with either the cable or the keyboard. It plays sound through the computer MIDI-card, no problem.

    Then I try the same in Cubase using the Tutorial no. 5, no sound. I try to connect it to a VST instrument etc, no sound, but the virtual keyboard works.
    I really have no clue what is wrong here. I took a look in the "VST Connection" and the tab "External instruments" and found that under "Device Port" it says "Not connected". I cannot switch to anything in that either so could it have went wrong somewhere?

    I could "open" ports from the keyboard in Midiox making it work but can I do the same in Cubase somehow, or is there any other workaround?

    Keyboard using is a Casio CTK-451. I provide you a screenshot of the VST Connection window if that helps.

    Appreciate any help.
     

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  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    I don't even know what midiox is. It looks like you are using Cubase VST 5.1. You should not be looking at external instruments since you are not using it as an external instrument as far as I can tell. You want to use it as a midi input device, so go to Devices/Midi setup. Make sure you keyboard is enabled as an input device. Don't worry about output devices unless you plan on using an external synth.
     
  3. boxcar

    boxcar Active Member

    First make sure that your keyboard is registered under general midi in the midi device tab and that the midi output at the bottom of that tab has your keyboard as the midi output.
    You should now see a midi signal on the transport bar to the right when you press a note,but you won't hear it yet.
    Then create a midi track or open a VST instrument and say yes(when it asks "do you want to create a midi track" and to the left of it, select your keyboard in the "all midi tab" and also in the output tab just below it.(if your using a VST instrument,select the VST instrument in the output tab).
    Then activate either record or monitor on the midi track and you should hear it now.
    VST connections has nothing to do with it.You need to setup a midi track and select your keyboard in those "all midi in" and output track slots to the left to hear the sound.
    Don't forget to activate record or monitor.
     
  4. getaman

    getaman Guest

    Okay. I might be a bit too tired at the moment to understand it all, sorry for that. I try to find this "Midi Setup" under "Devices" but cannot find anything like that, just the "Midi Device manager". I also cannot find the "Midi Device tab" you are talking about. I think it would work fine just I have to get to understand these tabs and devices stuff.
     
  5. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    First, most of your equipment discription is pretty vague. And what kind of soundcard are you using that has midi I/O? This is what will show up in cubase rather than the keyboard itself.

    If you can get the midi ports of the s/c to show, then you'll be able to carry on with recording midi data.
     
  6. getaman

    getaman Guest

    Well, I provided the most detailed description of the computer system I could. I see now that it's a bit outdated since I switched computer, it has been updated now. I also provide some screenshots of MIDI device tab (?) in Cubase if it help.
     

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  7. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    The midi setup should all be in the manual. It's fairly self explanatory.
     
  8. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Incidentally if you look at the op's profile you will see that the "interface" is a Soundblaster Live. One thing comes to mind but, I'll leave it at that.
     
  9. getaman

    getaman Guest

    Really, I came here to ask for help because I do not understand, not to be blamed as a fool. I have read the manual several times and done every step in it but it still would not work, so I asked around here being out of ideas. I know the keyboard and the cables work, but something is not setup right in Cubase, I dont know what it is since I set it up according to the instructions...
     
  10. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Under your devices tab > device setup > default midi ports, you should see everything pertaining to your midi.

    midisettingsfornuendosc.png
     
  11. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    With all due respect. From what I can see, you are using Cubase 5(not VST 5.1 as I thought earlier). This is a $500 bit of software and you are using a $30 sound card. Ok. It was $99 when it was new eleven years ago. That and the fact that you are not over at steinberg.net asking people who would know best of all leads me to one conclusion. It's cracked. I don't like helping people who use cracks. The manual can be downloaded from the website, so there is no proof in having that.

    I CAN'T PROVE IT'S CRACKED. I realize this. And, it may very well be that you have a legal copy. In which case I strongly recommend you go to steinberg.net, register your product and get help from the largest Cubase user forum on the web. Not to turn you away from this site. The more the merrier. If you have questions about your DAW, great. As long as you've done your best to figure it out first, there are plenty of people here willing to help.
     
  12. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    And another thing for the op. When you first began to use cubase, it should have started it's "initialization process" to setup the ASIO feature associated with your s/c. I don't know to what extent how your consumer soundcard reacted to this, but it probably isn't as compatible as if you did the same thing with a pro featured card with all the necessary components/features.

    My suggestion........do away with the consumer stuff and invest in something geared towards what you're dwelling in.
     
  13. getaman

    getaman Guest

    Thank you for that description, I appreciate you seemingly understood I did not understand it all before. I have solved the problem now and the keyboard works fine in Cubase now. Thank you.
     
  14. ManyAk

    ManyAk Member

    Newely registered.
    I just wanted to say that I had the same exact setup as you, with the same midi keyboard issue. This thread has helped me a lot, thanks!
     

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