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Chapter 5. Recording MIDI > Naming MIDI Inputs and Outputs

Naming MIDI Inputs and Outputs

Before you begin to record MIDI in Cubase, you should give your MIDI inputs and outputs meaningful names. A complex project can route multiple tracks to multiple pieces of MIDI hardware, as well as route automation settings and MIDI data to software instruments and effects. Having recognizable names is a big advantage as the complexity of a project or your recording setup increases. For example, in my studio, I have a Yamaha Motif synthesizer, and it's a lot easier to figure out where MIDI data is going when I have the option to rout it to “Motif” instead of “Midex8 3.” Cubase gives you the option to organize your MIDI devices by names, simplifying the task of keeping track of MIDI comings and goings.

To name MIDI inputs and outputs

From the Devices menu, select Device Setup (Figure 5.1).

Figure 5.1. Opening the Device Setup panel from the Devices menu.

In the Device Setup dialog box, do one of the following:

  • In Windows, from the Devices list, select DirectMusic (Figure 5.2).

    Figure 5.2. Select DirectMusic in Windows to see all available MIDI inputs and to rename them.

  • In Mac OS, from the Device Setup dialog box, select MIDI System.

The right panel of the Device Setup window lists all installed MIDI inputs and outputs. Click any of the generic names and then type a new name for that MIDI device (Figure 5.3).

Figure 5.3. Select a generic name, such as Midex8 7, and then simply type a new, more descriptive name, such as the one shown here.

Click OK in the Device Setup window to save the changes and close the window.



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