I don’t know if this changed from 7 to 8, but I suppose it didn’t. When I’m working in Cubase for Windows and I connect new USB-MIDI equipment, there’s no way to use it without restarting Cubase.
There was a discussion here: http://www.steinberg.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=182&t=20518 , some arguments were pretty much relevant. Some devices use a lot of power, raise temperature in studio and are not useful in all situations. Restarting Cubase with large session can last for few minutes and the inspiration can disappear . Also the Mac users have more “privileges” here, as new devices are scanned “on the fly”.
All the C7 feature requests topics are closed now, so I created a new topic here. There are IMO two solutions:
- “Rescan” button (probably in Device setup -> MIDI Port Setup)
- Scanning everything “on the fly” - the same way as in Cubase for Mac.