Maschine Mikro MK3 Cubase Integration (Elements LE AI 12)

Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, but i’m having trouble using my Maschine Mikro Mk3 with Cubase.

I’m trying to use Maschine in Cubase (my preferred DAW) by using it to program midi notes using the pads but I see it’s not as simple as plug-n-play. I’ve watched countless YouTube videos(some which didn’t help at all) trying to figure it out myself before posting (even contacted Native Instruments themselves) but to no avail.

I usually open Maschine 2 on an instrument track and then proceed to put it in MIDI MODE. However, once I put it in midi mode I’m not able to load sounds on the pads or record anything into Cubase. I’ll press a pad and it won’t respond they just illuminate. Or it’ll only play one sound (usually the last sound i played before putting it in MIDI mode) and now I’m just kind of stuck because I love the sounds NI offers but at the end of the day i just want to make beats and music and I get frustrated when my workflow is hindered.