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It is possible to use a MIDI remote control device to record and edit automation inside a Cubase project. Recording automation using such a device is no different than using the controls inside the Mixer window in Cubase. However, editing recorded automation events is a little different. If your remote control MIDI device does not have touch sensitive controls, Cubase does not have any way of knowing if a control is sending information or not once you moved it. As a result, when you activate the Write Automation button in the Mixer window and move a control on your MIDI controller, all following automation is replaced until the moment you stopped playback or disabled the Write Automation button once again. To avoid recording over automation by mistake, you should only enable the Write Automation button on the channels you want to overwrite automation, or avoid moving controllers associated with automation that you want to keep.
To use a controller device with Cubase, you have to install it in the Device Setup panel.
To install a MIDI remote control device:
Select the Device Setup option from the Devices menu.
Click the Add/Remove tab on the right side of the dialog box (see Figure 13.15).
Select the appropriate device from the supported devices list. If your device is not in this list, select the Generic Remote device.
Click the Add button in the bottom-right corner of the dialog box. This adds the selected device to your list on the left.
Click the Setup tab on the right side of the dialog box.
Select the appropriate MIDI input and output ports connecting the controller to Cubase.
You can now use your controller with Cubase. How this controller interacts with Cubase depends greatly on the controller itself. You need to refer to this controller's documentation for further details.
Most remote control devices can control both MIDI and audio channel automation in Cubase SX even if their parameter setups are different; however, when audio specific parameters are associated with MIDI tracks, such as EQ parameters, they are then ignored by Cubase.
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