Using Yamaha MX61 as sound card


I thought I’d want to plug my Yamaha MX61 to the PC via USB, and use it as a sound card. It works very well, and I can use it as a DAW remote for Cubase 8.

However, I have some questions:

  1. Is there a way to mute the sounds coming from the MX, as I don’t want to have that on top of the sounds coming from my EastWest sound libraries.
  2. When using the MX as a DAW remote, is there a way to start and stop recording in Cubase? I can jog, start and stop the track and such, but I can’t actually start recording what I play, unless I’m missing something.
  3. Finally, can the Function Knobs on the MX be programmed for more functions in Cubase?

My setup is as follows:
Cubase 8 Pro running on Windows 7 64bit (12GB ram)
Steinberg CI1 (can’t be used while the MX is plugged in via USB for some reason)
Yamaha MX61
Yamaha P-105 (works perfectly with Cubase 8).

Kind regards,

Eirik Bull

  1. yes. Find the manual for your MX and look for ‘local control’. Turn it off.
  2. I don’t own one but I would be surprised if you can’t, most recent Yamaha stuff lets you do that.
  3. no idea

Local Control. Gotcha! :slight_smile: