How ‍do you configure MIDI settings for external‍ instruments⁣ in Cubase?

In the digital age, music production has been elevated with numerous software catering to all facets of‌ sound creation ⁢and manipulation.⁤ Steinberg’s Cubase is one of the most sought-after digital audio workstations ⁢(DAW).​

Despite the vast internal ‌sound resources within Cubase, many producers prefer to use external instruments for additional depth and flavor. ​This article walks‌ you through the process of setting up external instruments in Cubase.

Why ⁣use external instruments?

External‌ instruments,⁣ be they synthesisers, drum machines, or any other MIDI devices, possess unique sound characteristics that​ can often bring an edge ​to your music. Using them doesn’t necessarily mean​ Cubase’s ‍internal sound library or VST plugins are ⁤inadequate. Rather, it’s about having more ⁢sound ‌options and⁣ textures at your disposal.


Before jumping into the setup process, ensure your external‌ device is connected to your computer. ‍This⁣ requires an audio and MIDI interface handling ‌audio and MIDI‌ in and out between the computer and the instrument.

Setting Up External Instruments Within ‌Cubase

Cubase has made⁣ integrating external instruments into ⁤your projects convenient. This function allows MIDI and audio to ⁢be handled in one place.

Step 1: ​Create A New External Instrument

To start, go ⁤to Studio > Studio Setup > MIDI Port Setup

Ensure your MIDI device is listed in the MIDI Port Setup window. Activate the ‘visible’ option to ⁤be able to find your ⁣external‌ instrument while working on ​your project.

Next, ⁤in the Studio Setup window, select the ‘+’ sign and‍ then select ‘External Instrument’⁣ from the drop-down menu. This will⁢ create a new external instrument.

Step 2: Setting Up

After setting up the new external instrument, assign‍ it a name.

Go to Audio Return > Device Port and select the input from your interface where the instrument audio is connected. If it is a stereo instrument, click the ‘Add’ button, which opens another slot, and select ⁢the second input. Finally, set the MIDI Output to the⁢ appropriate MIDI port connected to ⁣the external instrument.

Step 3: Confirm the Setup

After your settings, it​ is crucial ‍to confirm‍ that the connection has been ⁤established. To do this,‍ create a new Instrument ‌Track. When choosing the Instrument, you⁢ should see the ​name of the ‍external instrument you set up.

Select it and⁢ play your external instrument; you should hear its audio in Cubase and see the audio level⁣ in the instrument channel.


adds a whole ⁢new level to your music production. The process is straightforward, and once the initial⁢ set-up ‍is done, the ‌creative process can be even more seamless and rewarding.

Whether you’re using synthesizers, drum​ machines ⁤or other MIDI devices, making them​ a part of your Cubase‌ workflow can unveil new, endless possibilities in terms ‍of sound ‍and texture. Happy producing!