I recently changed my rusty (but still good) M-Audio ProFire 2626 to Steinberg UR44, mainly to be able to upgrade later to Windows 8 or 10. With M-Audio it has never been an issue to listen to an output from external MIDI instruments. As long as I had their outputs included in an input bus I could simply start the song playback and hear what they played.
Not anymore after upgrading to UR44. After trying, failing and swearing I found a workflow that let me hear my external MIDI instruments, but it looks quite ackward. Here’s what I had to do:
- Create an audio track for each external MIDI instrument.
- Set the instrument output as input for each such track.
- Enable monitoring of each such track.
Then if play the song I am able to hear the sound of these instuments. If I mute these audio tracks or disable their monitoring, I don’t hear anything.
Last but not least - sometimes (but only sometimes!) I manage without these extra audio tracks if I just start the UR44 dsp mixer application. Then the sound magically reappears.
Never had this problem with other sound cards.