Cubase 11 no audio coming in from SSL 2 but audio out works

audio from VST coming out fine:
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I also have an external synth playing into SSL 2 but stereo in shows nothing. i can hear audio on the SSL 2 input monitoring though.
I am on mac os catalina

Beginning with Mohave you have to make sure the microphone is enabled for Cubase in Security Preferences. (system preferences / security)
This seems to be a flaw in Apple’s nomenclature, the “microphone” permissions inexplicably has dominion over all audio inputs.

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that was exactly the problem! thanks so much!