VirusHC – 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.
Now that Studio Setup is open, we need to open MIDI Port Setup tab from Devices selection.
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 Virus by unchecking port Visible and In ‘All MIDI Inputs’ columns.
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.
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 VirusHC 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.
Access VirusHC Plug-in can be found from “Mystery Islands Music -> VirusHC Editor x64” or “VirusHC Editor x64” at the bottom of the list.
Make the connection, again.
Access VirusHC 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.
Before selecting MIDI input and output, lets make sure our model is selected properly and make sure the Device ID matches with the hardware setting.
Next we can choose MIDI IN port, which is where our Virus is connected in at and also MIDI Out port which sends data to Virus.
Once you select MIDI OUT Port, plug-in will start to seek for the Virus on that specific Port while listening to Hardware messages from the selected input port. Once the connection is successfully established, plug-in display will briefly display “Plug-in is ready to go!”
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.
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.
Automating Parameters in Cubase Pro
Now that we have learned how to setup VirusHC 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.
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 VirusHC plug-in special parameters and functions which are not available in the original hardware.