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MIDI triggering in Steinberg Cubase

In this guide, you will learn how to use MIDI notes in Cubase to retrigger LFOs in ShaperBox (TimeShaper, FilterShaper Core, VolumeShaper, PanShaper, WidthShaper), FilterShaper 3, MidiShaper and PanCake.

Using this technique, the LFO will play from the beginning each time a MIDI note is received. You can therefore trigger the LFO in any pattern you like – for example, sidechain your bassline to a non-4/4 kick drum pattern.


1. Enable MIDI Trigger mode

Select a 'MIDI Triggered' or 'MIDI 1-Shot' triggering mode in the Cableguys plugin.



2. Set up a MIDI Track

Insert a MIDI Track, create a MIDI clip, and add some MIDI notes in the rhythm that you want to trigger the Cableguys plugin.

Any note will work, except when ShaperBox's MIDI Trigger option for Wave switching is enabled, in which case only C notes will trigger a Wave reset.



3. Route the MIDI track

On the MIDI track, set the Output to the Cableguys plugin.

Now the Wave envelope/LFO will be reset with each MIDI note.