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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Jun-18 > INTEGRATING HARDWARE IN CUBASE 9.5


While software plug-ins fully integrate with the DAW, Adam Crute demonstrates how to create a similar degree of integration with external hardware…


Last time we explored how to hook-up your external synths and effects processors to Cubase and have them show-up as external plug-ins that can be dropped onto tracks or included in virtual racks in much the same way as software plug-ins. Handy though this is, a more complete integration between hardware and DAW can be achieved by harnessing Cubase MIDI devices.


The MIDI Device Manager (let’s call it the MDM for short) is the starting point from where we can install, customise and manage device definitions for external MIDI hardware. These definitions let Cubase know how to work with a piece of hardware – each external device that you wish to control from Cubase should have its own definition in the MDM.

Cubase comes with a selection of definitions for common hardware and you can find definitions online that you can download and import. However, for the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll be starting from scratch and creating our own custom device definition.


Practically all MIDI-equipped hardware will provide a means to adjust program parameters via MIDI messages, but there is no definitive standard specifying which message should control which parameter; rather, all devices tend to have their own unique mappings linking parameters to MIDI messages.

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Though it was only a few issues ago that we contemplated the future of music, we came to the realisation that the future is now! With more effects at our disposal than ever before, we tour the modern arsenal of plug-in effects, tools and software that you might not even realise existed! Elsewhere, we speak to the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff about his production and DJing ethos, and join Detroit-based artist Klayton, whose love of 80s electronic and metal bands has borne many fruitful projects, not to mention an amazing studio. We put Hans Zimmer Strings to the test, as well as a slew of new pieces of gear and software in our expanded reviews section. Additionally, there’s 4 new tutorials for Live, Logic, Cubase and Pro Tools, brand-new tips, retrospectives and our Essential Guide series draws to a close with a 101 to recording. We hope you enjoy the issue!