The keystation is only a controller there is no audio interface built into it.
Only midi (commands, not sounds inside the keyboard that need to get into cubase via audio).
You need a sound card for audio in/out. The computer either came with one or you bought a better one that you either installed inside or is external in a rack or sitting ontop of your desk somewhere.
That’s what Cubase will recognize as your audio in/out. And that’s what should be hooked up to your sound system for playback (or headphones or coming out of your computer’s speakers).
if you have no interface that you had installed inside or out, then you should have some minimal sound card that came stock with the computer otherwise you wouldn’t be able to hear anything including mp3’s, audio cds, movies, etc.
So the default audio in the device menu is your system audio default. (not sure what it’s called in your PC, in a mac it’s something like core audio or system default, etc.). You shouldn’t have more than one or two choices in that window, if you don’t have an audio interface to choose. Again the M-audio ES 88 is not an audio interface, so you won’t find that in there no matter how many drivers you’ve installed. The driver for the Keystation will only enable you computer and software to recognize that it’s there as a midi keyboard, not as a sound source.
If that is all you have, you’re using a world class software with a decent midi controller with a minimal audio card.
You might be able to be satisfied with that (I don’t really know since I’m a mac guy and the mac built in audio is do-able as a last resort). But you might want to add a couple hundred bucks to your budget and get a starters audio interface so you can sing & or play and a real instrument into Cubase for recording. If you just want to use the sounds that came with Cubase (do-able too) then you can use the VSTinstruments that came with it. or buy more VSTinstruments there’s so many of them I wouldn’t know where to begin, but a good music store has many of them and you can just type in your search window VST Instruments and you’ll find a ton that you can audition over the internet. But again you won’t be able to appreciate the demos if you don’t have a good audio playback setup (via some kind of decent audio interface).
from m-audio website: Top Features
88-note velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action
built-in USB MIDI interface w/ MIDI out jack
powered via USB or 9VDC
class-compliant with Windows XP, Vista (32 bit), and Mac OS X
as you can see there is no mention of an audio in/out or any sounds, it’s a midi controller you play it and it sends MIDI (musical instrument data interface) commands.
If you want to hear sounds, you go into cubase and load a VSTinstrument and setup a track for it and
if none-of this makes any sense to you…you have to watch the Cubase 6 tutorials it’s all explained in them.
They are on the 2nd dvd disc in your Cubase 6 package.
copy them to your hard drive and watch them all.
Then start to read the manual as you need to learn all about this stuff.
eventually you’ll be up and running and making music like mad!!!
all the best,
el profe, LG