Creative thinking needed (?), retrieve track names from Cubase to MIDI or OSC


I’m trying to solve something I’d very much like to have in my setup.

Is there any way to retrieve the name or track number from Cubase so I can read it from an external application/over network/MIDI/something?

Ideally I’d like to have some way to either send a specific MIDI cc or just a set value per track in Cubase, or get some way to retrieve the track name/number over OSC.

Long term plans is to be able to present the selected name clearly on an external display that isn’t necessarily where I keep my computer running Cubase.

I have quite an intricate MIDI (and OSC) setup, and I’d like to make use of it well, so being able to read the selected Cubase track somehow would help me a lot.

I’m not opposed to using a 3rd party plugin that does something clever to help me out here.

I appreciate any kind of help or ideas here. I know there are Lemur things that gets the track name somehow, and also Softube Console 1 retrieves the track names… I’d very much like to be able to do the same somehow.


I’musing Mackie Control protocol for this. It’s restricted to 8 characters only, but it’s the only free way, I discovered.

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This could work actually.
I currently use a mackie control device (Behringer X-Touch), so I think there might be an issue if I run 2 Mackie devices?

That’s a really good suggestion though, I’ll look into the possibility of reading the message stream that gets sent though and maybe taking advantage of this somehow…

Thank you again, I’ll report back here if I get something clever done here.

One upcoming “issue” with it is that I’ll have to manage banking somehow, but if I can do something with the messages going in and out with MIDI I might be able to do something creatively.


Yes, if you would use 2 Mackie Control devices, Cubase would “glue” them, so you would get bank of 16 channels.

For the display, Mackie Control protocol is using SysEx messages.

Just wanted to say thanks again, as you got me into a good direction.
I can see all the track names in the sysex message now, and as a bonus here, I think I might be able to combine this with another thing that bothers me… mackie controller auto-banking.

I’m going to keep working on something this weekend, and with some luck I’ll have something that reads track names, as well as does automatic selection of the right bank on my hw controller that follows Cubase. The latter was a good bonus as I was reading MIDI data from Mackie Control.