PulseX – Configuring Steinberg Cubase Pro (MAC)

PulseX – Configure Steinberg Cubase Pro for Mac – Complete Tutorial.

Entering Studio Setup

To avoid time-out and data-loop situations, we have to make few minor changes in Cubase Pro Studio Setup window.

First, open the Studio Setup by clicking Studio Setup from Studio menu.

Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 1 – Open Studio Setup

Now that Studio Setup is open, we need to open MIDI Port Setup tab from Devices selection.

Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 2 – Click “MIDI Port Setup” from Devices selector

Now we can see all of the MIDI interface ports available in Cubase and we need to make the input ports Invisible from DAW which are used to connect with the Pulse / Pulse+ by unchecking port Visible and In ‘All MIDI Inputs’ columns.

Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 3 – Input ports disabled from DAW

Before we click OK to continue, lets make sure Remote Devices -> Track Quick Controls and VST Quick Controls does not use these ports with the DAW.

Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 4 – MIDI Input and MIDI Output should NOT have PulseX selected
Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 5 – MIDI Input and MIDI Output should NOT have PulseX selected

Now we can click OK to confirm our Studio Setup configuration. We recommend to save this as a template project so you don’t have to do these setup steps all over again when starting a new project.


Insert the plug-in

At long last, we can finally add our PulseX plug-in to the Instrument track. If you don’t have Instrument tracks in your project, simply add one by clicking the “plus” sign in the Arrange window.

Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 6 – Add Track
Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 7 – Add Instrument Track

Waldorf PulseX Plug-in can be found from “Mystery Islands Music -> PulseX Editor x64”.

Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 8 – Locate PulseX Editor x64 plug-in from Menu
Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 9 – Waldorf PulseX GUI

Make the connection, again.

Waldorf PulseX is now inserted and we are ready to take next measures for successful connection.

You can also see that plug-in says it is registered (follow steps here) as I’ve inserted my license.key properly.

Next we can choose MIDI IN port, which is where our Pulse/Pulse+ is connected in at and also MIDI Out port which sends data to Pulse/Pulse+.

Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 10 – Select MIDI Input port from MIDI IN dropdown menu
Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 11 – Select MIDI Output port from MIDI OUT dropdown menu

Once you select MIDI OUT Port, plug-in will start to seek for the Pulse/Pulse+ on that specific Port while listening to Hardware messages from the selected input port. Once the connection is successfully established, plug-in display will say “Plug-in is ready to go!” as we can see below.

Steinberg Pro Configuration Step 12 – PulseX synchronized with Hardware

Synchronizing Notes to DAW Delay Compensation

Our best experience to synchronize notes with your DAW is to use the DAW built-in compensation features. In Steinberg Cubase Pro this means that you have to enter Preferences -> and click on MIDI tab to open the MIDI settings.

Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 13 – Enter Preferences
Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 14 – Open MIDI tab to adjust MIDI Out delay

We are not Cubase experts, so we urge you to follow the Latency adjustments from Cubase User Manual in order to achieve the best results with your setup.

Now that MIDI Out is being compensated to match your Audio Output buffer delay, we will add new MIDI track in arrangement window.

Why separate MIDI track? Our plug-in can not get delay compensation data from the DAW, because we do not process audio with it. Therefore MIDI goes out from our plug-in immediately, without any respect to DAW delay values.

Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 15 – Add new MIDI track and point port to your Pulse/Pulse+
Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 16 – Select MIDI out port to your Pulse/Pulse+ and make sure channel is set to 1

Automating Parameters in Cubase Pro

Now that we have learned how to setup PulseX plug-in and MIDI track in arrange window, we can take a look how to manage automation. Automation is pretty simple now that we have our MIDI blocks on their own track (dragging and dropping objects does not trigger annoying popups).

All you have to do, is right click on top of the Instrument track and choose “Show Automation”. After that click on the default parameter name and choose More… See images below.

Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 17 – Right Click on top of the instrument channel and choose Show Automation
Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 18 – Click the default name appearing and choose More to view PulseX Parameters
Steinberg Cubase Pro Configuration Step 19 – Full list of PulseX Automation parameters. Choose one and start automating!

Thats it for our Steinberg Cubase Pro guide. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding to this guide, leave a comment below!


In our next chapter, we are going to take a look at PulseX plug-in special parameters and functions which are not available in the original hardware.


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