Cubase Pro 12
I’m new to Cubase, and am seeing something that I don’t understand, and I don’t know if it is an issue with the plugin, the MIDI I imported, or a setting I can’t find. I’m hoping someone might have some insight.
I created a MIDI part for a string instrument in Cakewalk (latest version) using one of their built-in instruments (SI-String Section). I wanted to use it in a Cubase project using the same Cakewalk instrument, so I exported the MIDI from cakewalk (tried both Type 0 and 1) and imported them into Cubase, and it loaded OK and looks the same as it did in CW.
I added an instrument track in Cubase for the SI-String Section instrument and it came up. I connected the MIDI track’s output to it and let it play. When it started, it sounded like a growing chord that continued to play even after I stopped the play head. The only way to end it was to delete the instrument and re-add it to the instrument track.
What I believe is happening is that the instrument continues to play every note that is played in the MIDI track, ignoring the Note Off command, almost like Sustain is held, but I did not use it while recording, and if I create a CC64 control lane in Cubase Editor and set it initially to 0, it changes nothing. Watching the plugin keyboard, I can see the correct notes being played and released, nothing is being “held down” longer than it should be. I first thought it was the plug-in, being Cakewalk’s, but when I use their other instruments on the same MIDI track, such as SI-Bass Guitar and SI-Electric Piano, they work fine. Each note ends as it should, and the sound stops when not playing. So I don’t believe there is some phantom Sustain in the MIDI, and may nothing wrong with the MIDI at all. It’s not the Reverb or Release of the instrument, as I’ve tried setting those to 0. No change. There are only Notes listed in the List Editor in Cubase, no other controls, like Sustain. The plugin has no settings that I can find that would change this behavior, and I’m using the default program like I did back in Cakewalk.
I don’t know what could be causing this for just this instrument. I’ve have other instruments I can use that all work as expected, but this was my first try at creating MIDI in Cubase, and I really want to understand what I going on here. Maybe it is just this particular instrument in Cubase that’s broken, or maybe I’m missing something. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. Oh, and I can PLAY the instrument in Cubase directly with my MIDI keyboard and it works perfectly, as expected. I can even record MIDI to the instrument track while doing so. However, when I play back that same MIDI, it holds the notes. Very weird.