Hello everyone! A potential future Cubase user here.
I’ve been making music as a hobby and I’m planning to buy a proper DAW to get more serious about it. I’ve made a lot of comparisons, reading manufacturers’ sites, browsing discussion boards and done a lot of googling as well. Cubase seems like a viable option since I’ve done some recordings with Cubase AI version that came with my UR22. However, I’m now leaning more towards MIDI based music with software instruments. However, I do have Arturia MiniBrute which I would very much like to utilize in my future productions.
As it is, I’ve been thinking about buying the Artist version of Cubase 8. However, one thing has been bugging me while reading the manual and specifications. ‘External instruments’ is listed as ‘Cubase Pro only’. In the manual, however, it talks about Instrument Tracks and VST connections and whatnot. While it could well be I just don’t understand what those actually mean, I would like to get this thing clear.
Does this prevent me from sending MIDI data to my MiniBrute through MIDI and then recording the output signal? The way I was planning to do it was to create a MIDI track where I would program the sequence I want to record. I would then route the output of that track to MIDI Out of my audio interface, which would naturally be connected to MIDI In connection of my synthesizer. I could then have Cubase ‘play’ the synthesizer and then record the sound to a regular audio track simply by connecting the Master out of the synth to either of the inputs on UR22 interface.
I assume this should be possible since no Instrument tracks would be involved but the whole ‘Cubase Pro only’ thing with external instruments got me worried. It’s well possible that I just don’t know what ‘external instruments’ mean in this context but that’s why I’m asking you. I’m sorry to be asking such an elementary question but I rather ask someone more experienced than blindly throw my money at a product that I’m not 100% sure I can use the way I want.
Thank you all in advance!