I’m using Cubase 11 Artist with a Focusrite 2i2.
Treat me as a noobie here, please, because my last foray into DAW was Cakewalk Home Studio 2004XL in the 2000s and everything I knew from that is gone since it’s been over 13 years since I used it.
I opened an instrument track in Cubase and recorded in a basic drum beat from the lists. I think it’s 03 hard 90 or something like that. After getting it recorded in, I was able to hear it through the headphone jack on my 2i2. I add a drum track to give me something to follow since I don’t like metronomes. I’ll go back when the rest of the song is done and play an actual drum track. Next step was to direct input my guitar into the 2i2. I was able to hear it (and the drum track) through the headphones as well but unable to record the guitar. As I looked around the screen, I noticed it said “audio input - not connected”, but “audio output” was. I went into the settings to find the input was checked “inactive”, so I found the dropdown box and made it active. It was at that point that the drum track (and metronome) stopped working. When I hit play, I can see the meter in the bottom right corner working so it’s there but not getting out. I even tried plugging my headphones directly into the PC to see, but got nothing. I went back in and disconnected the audio input as a troubleshoot but it made no difference. I also found a “MS GS WAVETABLE synth” as one of the output options and enabled that for a try. No luck. I assume the Wavetable is part of the PC and not Cubase.
I went through this same thing in Cakewalk. Once I got things dialed in, I was off and running. In CW, I liked to use many of the midi instruments provided, but discovered that I needed a midi interface as well as an audio interface. I purchased a M-Audio Uno 1x1. I didn’t plug anything into it though. It just had to be plugged into the PC for me to access the midi instruments. Am I running into the same issue here with Cubase? I just discovered that my 2i2 doesn’t have midi capability though they told me at the store that it “should”. From what I’ve read, I need a 2i4 or higher. I’m doing this for fun and am not looking into sinking much more into this hobby, but I’m already in pretty deep now. I’ve seen some inexpensive midi controllers at Sam Ash. When I used the midi stuff in CW, I used the staff view to write the parts then assign them a sound so I don’t need a keyboard midi. Would plugging a basic midi control of some kind work in Cubase as it did in CW? I assume the drum track I recorded is midi so that’s why they’ve taken a powder.
Once again, I am basically starting over here. I’ve watched a ton of videos over the last week as well as read as much as I could to solve this issue before coming here.