Cubase and Yamaha CLP 785 electric piano

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Hello, I bought a Yamaha CLP 785 piano (the highest end CLP) and I am surprised that Cubase, produced by Steinberg, now a subsidiary of Yamaha, does not recognize it in terms of the sound map. Indeed, I should be able, from my Cusase (8.5), to manage the 16 channels of the CLP 785 and assign one of the 50 sounds that this piano contains to each of the channels. I haven’t found the solution yet. Thank you in advance for your answers. Have a good day.

Seems a rather recent one and I could be wrong, but I don’t remember Steinberg providing sound maps/patch lists for each and every Yamaha instruments released in the past.

So, as you want the sound map at disposal, it’s probably better to do the following (in Cubase Pro - with other versions, things are different as, as far as I remember, the External instruments feature isn’t available - from which, you’ll have to define the associated audio returns ‘by hand’, but the steps 1) and 4) are still relevent) :

  1. Create in Cubase first, an added MIDI device associated to it with the MIDI device manager window (Studio>More options>MIDI device manager…). In this window and using the Open device button, you’ll be able to create the wanted soundmap for it (more details in p.795 in the Cubase Pro Operation manual - ‘Defining new MIDI devices’).
  2. Create an external instrument for it (Audio connections window - External instruments pane)
  3. Add the instrument with the Instrument rack (VST instruments window).
  4. Add the needed MIDI channels afterwards.

That’s what I did for all my hardware instruments and, even if it seems rather complicated at first, it’s reliable on the long run. Simply, DO NOT forget to save the MIDI device created with the Export setup button in the MIDI device manager window…

Thanks a lot. I’ll try it.

Have a goog sunday.


Hello Yves, I have exactly the same need. Did you finally create the sound map / patch list ? Did you export the result as an xml file ?
Because I would be very interested to import it !
(CLP-785, and Cubase 11 - Elements)
If so let me know, and we’ll keep in touch (and maybe communicate in French :slight_smile: )
Yves Le Guern