I am trying/hoping to us an Alesis SR16 drum machine to record some demos. I am a relative novice when it comes to the world of MIDI as I have always just used direct recording of instruments or used microphones.
Cubase Artist 9.5
2016 MacBook Pro with High Sierra OS 10.13.6
Focusrite Clarett 2Pre audio interface with thunderbolt cables
I connected both Clarett’s MIDI input and output to the respective output and input for the SR16 with brand new MIDI cables.
The SR16 MIDI menu is set up as:
- MIDI CH = OMNI
- DRUM IN = OFF
- DRUM OUT = ON
- NOTES Menu - I left unaltered.
- CLOCKIN = ON
- CLOCKOUT = OFF
- MIDITHRU = OFF
- PRG CHANGE = OFF
- NOTE MAP = NORMAL
I went to into Transport > Project Synchronization Setup menu.
Internal Timecode is selected.
I have the Clarett selected in the “MIDI Clock Destinations” with “MIDI Clock follows Project Position” and “Always Send Start Message” selected.
I am wanting to set up a track to record the whatever program or preset I am utilizing on the SR16. Additionally, I want the tempo established in the project to be sent to the SR16 to control the tempo on the drum machine. So, if I enable the track to record and push start it will automatically start the SR16 and track to the set temp inside Cubase. Is this possible? I would assume so. I am just at loggerheads.
Do I need to use a MIDI track or a regular audio track? Does it matter? I have a 1/4" audio cable from the left output of the SR16 going into Ch. 1 on the Clarett.
If I set up a regular mono imput/stereo output channel, I can hear the drum machine when started manually (with monitor on). But arming the record on the channel, and then hitting record on the transport bar - nothing happens, the drum machine does not start. I can record the drum machine by manually starting the drum machine, but there is no synch to the click.
What am I doing wrong or overlooking?
My thanks and gratitude in advance!