Cubase Pro 11
Minilab Mk II
I have read the FAQ’s and various online tutorials for both Cubase 11 Pro and Arturia Spark2 and nothing has helped.
I have asked on the Arturia forum but the couple of users who answered do not use Cubase and were unable to assist me beyond saying I need to ask a Cubase User so here I am on the chance that someone in here may use Spark2 in Cubase.
I have no idea if this as a Cubase issue or a Spark2 one.
I want to use Spark 2 as a plugin and I want Spark to play what ever I compose in a Midi track in cubase (in the same way any other VSTi does and then I want to be able to ether Render the audio in place or export it as a Audio track in cubase.
I open Spark 2 as a Track Instrument and it is assigned by cubase. I can hear sounds from Spark if I click on any pad in the Spark2 User Interface with my mouse or use the keys on my Minilab keyboard.
If I open the Cubase MIDI Editor (Piano roll) and click on any of the the keys for for Spark2 (C3 - D#4) the sounds play but if I enter a MIDI note, for example a simple 4 beat bar with one kick on each bar, Spark will not play them.
When you first load an instance of Spark2 it gives the following error message:
“Spark Controller connection failed
It then say to turn off some MIDI connections in my DAW MIDI settings. Please refer to the user manual.”
In the Manual it says:
Go to your sequencer’s MIDI settings and turn off ‘Spark Private In’ and ‘Spark Private Out’.
Without this configuration:
- Spark controller will not connect to Spark on Windows.
- Spark controller will not behave correctly on OS X
So I go to my Cubase 11 Pro Studio Tab > Studio > Studio Setup > MIDI Port Setup and there is no Spark Private In’ and 'Spark Private Out.
What I see is:
Windows MIDI | In | Steinberg UR22C-1 Active
Windows MIDI | In | Arturia MiniLab mkII Active
Windows MIDI | Out | Steinberg UR22C-1 InaActive
Windows MIDI | Out | Arturia MiniLab mkII Inactive
Windows MIDI | Out | Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth Inactive
I go to my Cubase 11 Pro Studio Tab > Studio > More Options > MIDI Device Manager and again no Spark Private In’ and 'Spark Private Out.
I’ve wasted two days trying to get this to work and my client is getting a little annoyed (can not blame them) as so close to Christmas time is the biggest issue.
I absolutely need to sort this issue out.
I would be very gratful for any help.