GTR_RO wrote:Sorry. You are of course correct. It works in Ableton. However, my Cubase Elements is a mess. I can't open it now...and e-license issue. I have this uncomfortable feeling that Cubase is very temperamental software with lots of issues!
It is hard to assimilate with exactly what 'state of play' and what exactly is the 'problem' if indeed it is a problem.
The Cubase Manual might be overkill, but if memory serves me right, it does start out with the basics which are essential to know.
Your DAW (Cubase) needs a MIDI input - usually a controller or synth, which send MIDI notes to Cubase, and CUbase (or whatever other DAW) records those notes for editing, arranging etc those notes are then sent back to the same synth or another sound source, a hardware synth or software synth, which will invariably be a plugin - VSTi
Analog Lab is a VST as you know and one instance of AL will allow the selection of a 'instruments' each of which can be assigned to a MIDI track
You will also need an audio interface, which will accept inputs from a mic, the line outs from a hardware synth and/or other equipment. These sounds are recorded into the DAW, then edited/arranged etc and the results sent back out of the DAW, ended up at the speakers/headphones. VSTi's send their output to the outside world by way of the audio interface too.
MIDI - note the connection to the computer can be by way of the 5 pin MIDI plug or more often these days, USB. Note a hardware synth needs to have LOCAL CONTROL set to OFF
IN: Synth/Controller ---> MIDI Interface ----> Computer ----> DAW ----> MIDI Track
OUT: MIDI Track ---> DAW ---> Computer ---> MIDI Interface ---> Synth
- ensure correct MIDI In and Out routing is selected in DAW MIDI Track settings
If using a VSTi
IN: Synth/Controller ---> MIDI Interface ----> Computer ----> DAW ----> MIDI Track (or Instrument Track)
The instrument in the MIDI/Instrument Track will in your case be Analog Labs
OUT: MIDI Track (VSTi) ---> DAW ---> Computer ---> Audio Interface ---> Amp ---> Speakers
When I used Analog Labs I had a similar problem to yourself. I would choose an 'instrument' but if memory serves me right, the selected instrument appears in another window, as there can be several instruments assigned to the same MIDI track, this allows for the user to create their own instrument - a Combi, you might for example have piano + pads + synth assigned to the same MIDI Track (Channel) but it was not obvious where the chosen instrument(s) appears. I am sure there'll be a YouTube Vid showing this.
Cubase Licence issue. It could be down to a file that the eLicenser creates. The file extender is *.sel I can't remember which folder it lives in, but delete it an certainly in my case, it clears up eLicenser problems, I think when the eLicenser updates, this file is left behind and the licenser can't make it's mind up what to do. That being said, my licensing is handled by a hardware dongle. I don't know whether the same applies to the version of Cubase you are using.
There are lots of 'Starting Cubase' types books about, I found them invaluable when I was starting out with all this. ONce you get the basics under your belt, you'll be fine but the intitial learning curve, is more akin to the sheer wall of the Eiger than a curve