I’m looking for some help in understanding midi routing within Cubase. I have a very simple setup for playing live drums. Drum module connects via USB to Cubase running a drums VSTi as a rack instrument, midi connects to an empty midi track with monitoring enabled, and the track output is routed to the VSTi. The audio output is then routed back to the module via USB, and from there to FOH. All works perfectly.
I currently have an issue with one of my drum pads hanging, and in investigating wanted to eliminate the possibility of midi coming back from Cubase conflicting within the module’s midi controller (unlikely, I know, but a simple elimination). So I disabled midi thru in Cubase, but the VSTi stopped outputting and it was not receiving midi. I can only think of two possible reasons:
- That VSTi’s are virtual off board instruments, relying on midi thru for triggering from midi out, and not within the Cubase shell as I had presumed.
- I have noticed in the past that incoming midi is on channel 10, the VSTi will only run when set to channel 1 or any. Suggests that there is some kind of conversion/mapping of channel numbers going on.
I would appreciate any information that will help me understand this. Also, any midi flow diagram/schematic would be very helpful. Thanks.