Great news! Got a laptop and found that my M-Audio Axiom Pro can control Cubase 6 -beautifully-.
So… to avoid the dangers of damaging my dongle, I figured I’d get Cubase Elements for $99 and a separate dongle. I downloaded the trial version and found that, sadly, Cubase Elements cannot be remote controlled by Axiom.
So I contacted SB support and was told that ‘Artist’ has the same remote device support as ‘full’ Cubase. But… the proof is in the pudding so I figured I’d get the trial version and see.
But there is no Artist Trial. And that hacks me off because I -know- that all 3 versions are contained in the Cubase code.
So now… no Artist for me. If I can’t make sure that it will work with the Axiom, I won’t buy it… because SB won’t give me a refund if it doesn’t work.
SB lost $149 (whoopee!) and I’m inconvenienced. And it just seems so unnecessary. Why not offer an ‘Artist’ trial fer cryin’ out loud?
M-Audio has this absolutely -fabulous software ‘Direct Link’ which installs as a separate remote device option in Cubase ‘full’… but is incompatible with Elements.
You can’t know that without installing the Trial software and really -trying- it.
Direct Link is like Novations ‘automap’. It maps all the buttons, knobs and sliders to the mixer and then… when you switch focus to a VST, it magically maps the controls to that plugin. Not at all dodgy like the Mackie or Houston. Just works.