Bome`s Mouse Keyboard

Bome`s Mouse Keyboard
Bome's Mouse Keyboard
Tutorial: Usage with Cubase SX
Bome's Mouse Keyboard: Tutorial Cubase SX
1 Overview
1 Overview
Bome's Mouse Keyboard and Cubase are a perfect combination, especially if
you don't have an external keyboard, or when you are on the move with a
laptop. Bome's Mouse Keyboard is a help to play melodies into Cubase. This
tutorial explains how to connect Bome's Mouse Keyboard with Cubase SX,
and how to play VST instruments with it.
2 Get and install a virtual
MIDI driver
There are several virtual MIDI drivers available. I suggest one of the
following drivers:
Sony Virtual MIDI Router for Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
(check out this tutorial for installation on Windows XP)
Maple Virtual Midi Cable for Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista
LoopBe1 for Windows 2000/XP
MIDI Yoke for Windows NT/2000/XP
Hubi's Loopback device for Windows 95/98/ME
Install one of them. Follow the installation instructions provided by the
respective author. After successful installation, you'll have a set of virtual
MIDI devices.
Virtual MIDI port drivers allow MIDI data to be sent directly from Bome's
Mouse Keyboard to the MIDI IN port of a MIDI enabled application.
Normally, Bome's Mouse Keyboard will accept the direct input of a
connected MIDI device, while outputing to the virtual port driver. It is also
possible for Bome's Mouse Keyboard to accept input from one virtual MIDI
port and output on different virtual port to allow Bome's Mouse Keyboard,
e.g. to translate the MIDI communications between two software programs.
Bome's Mouse Keyboard may NOT have the same virtual MIDI port driver
specified for both input and output, as this will cause a MIDI loop.
Note: The next version of Bome's Mouse Keyboard will ship with built-in
virtual MIDI support, so that you can select Bome's Mouse Keyboard
directly as MIDI INPUT in, e.g., Reason.
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3 Set up Bome's Mouse
3 Set up Bome's Mouse
Keyboard
First, select a virtual Midi cable as Midi Out in Bome's Mouse Keyboard like
you see in the picture. Your virtual MIDI device may also be named "MIDI
Yoke Junction: 1" or "LB1", depending which virtual MIDI cable you
installed.
Note: Select none as MIDI IN. If you selected the same virtual MIDI port
as MIDI IN, it would be reserved and Reason could not access it!
A good idea is to put Bome's Mouse Keyboard in Always On Top mode, so
that it's always visible on your screen.
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3 Set up Bome's Mouse
4 Set up Cubase SX
In Cubase, I open a new project:
For this example, I choose an empty project:
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4 Set up Cubase SX
Bome's Mouse Keyboard sends MIDI messages. So I create a new MIDI
track which will receive everything that is played in mouse keyboard:
By default, Cubase opens all MIDI IN ports for the MIDI tracks. I still like to
verify, so let's have a look:
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4 Set up Cubase SX
Here you can see Cubase's Device Setup screen. Make sure that it says Yes
at MIDI Yoke NT (or LB1 for Hubi's users). This will ensure that our MIDI
track will receive the MIDI messages from Bome's Mouse Keyboard.
Now let's set up a software synthesizer! Cubase ships with 3 VST
instruments, and you can add as many as you like... To use a VST
Instrument, select that menu item from the Devices menu:
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4 Set up Cubase SX
The VST Instruments console opens. Click on the first empty slot to choose
a VST Instrument.
In the menu, choose the instrument category and then the instrument. For
this tutorial, I select the vb-1 - a virtual eletric bass guitar.
After selecting the VST Instrument, you can see it in the console. Pressing
the e button will invoke the user interface of the virtual bass; pressing the
arrows will browse through the patches.
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4 Set up Cubase SX
Now all that is left is to connect our MIDI track the the VST Instrument. For
that we open the Mixer from the Devices menu:
Here you can see Cubase's Mixer. Visible are 2 channel strips: The first is
for our MIDI track, the other controls the vb-1 instrument.
In order to send the MIDI messages from the MIDI track to the VST
instrument, select it at the bottom of the channel strip - where it says Not
Connected.
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4 Set up Cubase SX
Important: There is an option in Cubase that you need to disable to hear
anything when playing Mouse Keyboard:
In the menu Devices|Device Setup|VST Multitrack, uncheck the option
Release ASIO driver in background. Otherwise you'll not be able to
hear anything when focus is on Mouse Keyboard.
5 Make music!
Now playing on Bome's Mouse Keyboard will play the vb-1 VST Instrument
in Cubase! There's nothing anymore that stops you from recording great
music!
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5 Make music!
Many thanks to the people at Steinberg, who were very friendly in making
available Cubase SX so that this tutorial could be created.
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