A total n00b writes...

I’ve got my setup arranged and loaded:

PC with Cubase LE
Tascam US-122MKII
Roland XP80

That’s it for the moment. I don’t for the moment have any interest in audio recording.

I want to create drum/bass tracks and then add various parts via MIDI from the Roland. However, I haven’t the faintest idea how to get started at this. I started off by following the manual but fell over at the first hurdle. Creating a new Project, I don’t know which one to start with.

I don’t expect to have my hand held all through this process, but I find the user manual too technical and so I’m looking for some resources that don’t presume I have any background in digital recording. I watched a few videos on YouTube but they seemed to gloss over the configuration parts and I really need some introduction to the basic concepts.

I guess you all had to be there once upon a time. I guess as well that I could just mess around and find the answers with trial and error, but I’d like to get going a bit quicker than that. So what resources would people recommend? Books? DVDs?

Thanks in anticipation.


Ya I was there just a few years ago.

So “Zwa” where are we starting, from the start :question: Is this your question :question:

1 . File (top left)
2. new project
3. empty, OK
4. CLICK OK for now
5. project
6. add track
7. audio

to be continued :smiley: :smiley:

Jack :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

Hi Jack

Well, thanks for the help, I suppose :unamused:

Believe it or not, I’d managed to get that far. What next …?


Zwa I’m not sure how far along you are

Do you know and understand VST Connections :question:

And do you know how to make Audio and Midi tracks :question:
and do you know about the Inspector :question:

Click on these 2 links http://home.comcast.net/~halljack505/pwpimages/VST%20connections.PNG


Hope these help

Jack :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:


How far along am I? Well, your very helpful pictures were news to me! So many thanks.

I did mess about with VST connections and managed to “play” some of the on-board sounds from my keyboard. I’m not at home so I can’t tell you what exactly I did but there seemed to be something called Halion with a bunch of instruments in a drop-down list. I could change these and hear the changes through my headphones. Man, was that a breakthrough!

Are you getting a sense yet of just how clueless I am?


Hold the front page.

Apparently, somewhere on the LE installation disk, are a series of tutorial videos. At least according to the company that sold me the TASCAM audio interface. So I’ll take a look when I get home…


What is your Operating System in your PC :question:
And your using the Tascam 122 as your soundcard :question:
Midi out of the Roland is connected to your Tascam 122 midi in :question:

and you’ve gone to

  1. Devices
  2. Midi Device Manager
  3. and did this http://home.comcast.net/~halljack505/pwpimages/Midi%20Device%20Manager.PNG

PS: When you mention Halion
I believe that’s an Instrument track

There’s 3 kinds of tracks

midi track
instrument track
audio track

For Halion check this http://home.comcast.net/~halljack505/pwpimages/Halion%201.PNG

I hardly ever use Halion (don’t tell steinberg) :laughing: :laughing: :wink:

Jack :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

Windows 7 SP1

I think so …


Not yet, but I will soon :laughing:

Ok, I’ll keep that secret to myself.

Thanks for all your help - I think I’ll get somewhere soon. Problem is that I’m at work, and my setup is at home, so I won’t be able to do anything for a few hours…

Jack :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:[/quote]


just to spread my experiences as well… :laughing:

I had some good lessons watching the youtube-videos related to the “learning Cubase”.

As a hint: Just google to “Working with Cubase” or " Arbeiten mit Cubase"
You’ll get some fantastic start-up hints and tipps, which will help you a lot.