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Using MIDI Remote In Cubase 12

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques By John Walden
Published November 2022

For every plug‑in window in Cubase 12, a dedicated Quick Control configuration panel can be opened.For every plug‑in window in Cubase 12, a dedicated Quick Control configuration panel can be opened.

Cubase 12’s new MIDI Remote features make it easier than ever to get hands‑on with your plug‑in effects and virtual instruments.

One of the most significant features introduced in all editions of Cubase 12 was the new MIDI Remote system. It’s intended to replace Cubase’s long‑standing Generic Remote system (for backwards compatibility, of course, that ‘legacy’ system remains) and makes it incredibly easy to configure almost any MIDI controller to work with Cubase. Let’s explore the possibilities.

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A new Focus Quick Control (FQC) system provides similar functionality to the older Quick Controls (discussed way back in SOS July 2009), but Quick Controls were separate from Generic Remote — the FQCs are incorporated within the new, much slicker, MIDI Remote system. Any hardware controller which includes at least eight endless rotary controllers is a perfect candidate for assigning to this FQC system, and for the examples I’ll assume this is what we’re working with: an eight‑knob MIDI controller.

In this example, I’ve positioned the virtual encoders in two rows of four to reflect the layout of my hardware controller.In this example, I’ve positioned the virtual encoders in two rows of four to reflect the layout of my hardware controller.

Setting up a MIDI Remote and FQC combination system involves two main stages: each plug‑in has FQC slots and these must be mapped to the parameters in that plug‑in you wish to control; and, using Cubase’s MIDI Remote editing system, you must link your hardware MIDI encoders to the FQC system. You can configure these stages in either order, but I’ll take them in the order I’ve just listed them, because the first stage quickly demonstrates why doing the second is such a no‑brainer!

As before, every plug‑in, whether a bundled or third‑party one, has eight Quick Control slots available. For many plug‑ins, these will have key parameters pre‑assigned; click on the QC button (at the top‑right of every plug‑in window) and a Quick Control panel will display the current assignments. To edit/add a new assignment, simply click on the L button (Learn, far left), select the QC slot you wish to edit, and adjust a control somewhere in the plug‑in’s UI. In this instance of the plug‑in, that control will then be linked to the selected QC slot. That’s stage one done: so simple!

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