I am trying to set up the Tempest drum machine by Dave Smith Instruments as an external instrument in Cubase 10. However, I’m hearing double triggers when playing the instrument. I’m pretty sure that I’m setting up everything as described in the manual and that I shouldn’t hear double triggers, but it happens anyway. Here is my setup:
- This is with Cubase Pro 10.0.30.
- The Tempest is connected via USB MIDI to my Mac.
- The audio output is connect to a Keith McMillen K-Mix, which is then connected to the Mac via USB audio.
- I have set up the Tempest as a MIDI device.
- In Audio Connections, I have created a Tempest instrument using the corresponding K-Mix audio channels as its device port. (In my case, Analog 3 and 4.)
- In general preferences, I keep MIDI Thru Active deactivated, and VST Auto Monitoring at Manual.
- When adding a track with Tempest as the instrument, I don’t activate monitoring.
- Local Control on the Tempest itself is set to on.
With that configuration, I hear double triggers when playing drums on the Tempest. When I record some drums, I still hear double triggers when playing the recording back. However, when I perform a “Render In Place”, the double triggers are gone in the resulting audio (they are also gone while the rendering happens).
When I switch Local Control to off on the Tempest, I hear nothing. With Local Control back to on, if I then go to the Audio Connections in Cubase and set the return gain to negative infinity, I don’t hear double triggers anymore. However, then I cannot use Render In Place anymore because it doesn’t get any signal to record.
I’m very confused by this situation, because I thought that manual monitoring would allow me to ensure the audio is not monitored. However, it seems I must be missing something.
What am I doing wrong?