I’m using a keyboard to input MIDI to a VSTi in Cubase 13, and it seems that I can only actually play the chord pads - nothing else. It also seems that the routing is correct, with the MIDI input for that VSTi being set to “USB-MIDI”. In the lower right-hand corner of the Cubase window, there’s a meter showing MIDI input, and signals from all the keys of the keyboard are being received in the DAW (the meter lights up no matter what key I press). So I’m guessing it’s an internal routing or filtering issue.
I hope someone can help me get this right! Thanks!
I initially read your post as saying that you could only use the Chord Pads to trigger the VSTi. But on rereading it sounds more like the only thing that your Keyboard Controller can trigger are the Chord Pads. Can you clarify?
Are you sure that the port “USB-MIDI” actually corresponds with your Keyboard Controller and not something else? What keyboard are you using?
Can you post a screenshot of your MIDI Port Setup in Studio Setup, make sure to expand the Window so all the Inputs can be seen.
Yeah, I guess that’s right – the keyboard only triggers the pads. There’s only one MIDI input (and it’s the only USB connection to the computer), and it’s from a Kawai electric upright – not a proper MIDI controller, but in the past this did work. The signal is getting to Cubase fine, and the signal meter in the bottom right-hand corner of Cubase is lighting up:
Here’s the MIDI Port Setup screenshot – very basic as you can see:
That all looks normal. But I see now that in your Inspector screenshot the top “Basics” section is collapsed. You can expand it by clicking and I’m guessing when you do you’ll find that you don’t have Monitor enabled so the Track isn’t receiving any incoming MIDI Data.
Also when posting screenshots it is helpful to zoom out a bit and show some context around what you want to display. For example I’m still not sure what the Track Types are for each close-up you posted. Look at what I’m including in the screenshots and aim for something similar. We’ve eliminated some of the most common causes for your problem, so now we’re kind of looking for a needle in a haystack & in that situation its good to see a bit more of the haystack.