Hi guys. I have Cubase Pro 10.5, Maschine Mk3 and Komplete 12 running on a Windows 10 PC.
All is working just fine - but I recently purchased 4 hardware synths that I am struggling to connect properly. At the moment these synths are connected to my PC via USB. Their mono audio outs go into my hardware mixer, and the stereo outs from here go into Maschine, which is acting as my audio interface.
I have used the “add external instrument” feature and Cubase - it can see each hardware synth and I can record midi into an Instrument track for each device. However, I get nothing when I try recording audio from my external synths. I suspect this may be because the “add external instrument” feature is expecting to see an individual midi connection and an individual audio connection for each device. As my 4 synths are routed through my mixer and then sent to the stereo inputs on Maschine all Cubase can see is these stereo inputs. Is there a way around this?
I am new to external hardware, but from what I have read I wonder if I would be better off just getting an audio interface such as a Behringer U-Phoria UMC1820 which will allow me to connect all my external synths and have Cubase see them as individual audio connections. Should the stereo out of my Maschine also be connected to inputs on the UMC1820, thus making my mixer unnecessary? The UMC1820 is affordable and big enough for future expansion, but are there any alternative interfaces I should consider?