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Setting up MidiShaper in Steinberg Cubase

Modulate a synthesizer


Modulating software devices that support MIDI Learn

Many current software synthesizers and effects support MIDI Learn. The way of functioning can be slightly different depending on the software you use.

Setting up MidiShaper

Choose the instrument track you wish to modulate, open the inserts settings (1), add a new effect (2) and choose MidiShaper (3).
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Set the MIDI input of the track to "MidiShaper - Midi Out" (2). Make sure that "Monitor" is activated (1).
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You can now modulate pitch, modwheel and aftertouch by assigning them to a source in MidiShaper's modulation matrix. If you want to control other parameters of your software device, you need to assign them via its MIDI Learn feature.

Assignment of parameters

Use MidiShaper's "Teach" function (1) and set it to a channel of you choice, for example to "1". The "Teach" function ensures that MIDI data is sent through the chosen channel only, while all other MIDI signals from MidiShaper are bypassed. This is necessary to avoid conflicts in the assignment, since the MIDI Learn function of many software devices is listening to all incoming signals.
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Use MIDI Learn (1) of your software device (for example Curve 2) to assign the incoming MIDI signal to a parameter of your choice (2). Important: After complete assignment make sure to set MidiShaper's "Teach" function to "Off" (A). Now you can control the assigned parameter via MidiShaper's modulation matrix.
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Modulating software device via Cubase's Quick Controls

Software instruments and effects that don't support MIDI Learn can be controlled via a virtual MIDI port. In Mac OS X the virtual port IAC is already integrated and can be configured via the Audio-MIDI-Setup utility. Windows users need to install additional software such as MIDI Yoke or LoopBe and add at least one virtual MIDI port.

Then add MidiShaper to the track of the device you want to control, as described above. Choose your virtual MIDI port as "MIDI input".
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Assignment of parameters

Go to "Devices -> Device Setup" and choose the "Quick Controls" tab. For MIDI Input and Output choose your virtual MIDI port (1). Now you can assign the channels to each Quick Control (2). NOTE: Please leave one channel unassigned (for example channel 0). Make sure that the MIDI channel is the same as set in MidiShaper.
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Before you try to assign the Quick Controls to your devices, please turn "MIDI Teach" in MidiShaper to the unassigned CC channel (in our example this is channel 0). So that Cubase doesn't get confused when using the Quick Controls' MIDI Learn function in the next step.
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Now you can use the MIDI learn function (1). Choose which Quick Control you want to use (2) and move the parameter you want to assign (3). It will be displayed in the column of the Quick Control. After complete assignment make sure to set MidiShaper's "Teach" function to "Off" (Step 2).
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Recording the automation data

We strongly recommend to record the automation data once you are finished editing.

Right click on the instrument track and choose "Show Automation" (1).
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Click on "Write Enable" (1) and make sure that record is enabled (2) as well.
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Click the play button (1). The recording will be automatically displayed in the automation track (A).
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If you want to assign more parameters, use MidiShaper's "Teach"-menu. As long as a number is chosen there, only this gets sent out, so you can assign it. As soon as the control is assigned, set MidiShaper's "Teach"-menu to "Off" again.



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