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Cubasis 3.3 MIDI Hardware Mixer Experiences
Following the 3.3 Update that brings external controller support to the Cubasis 3 platform, I thought it might be helpful to have shared experiences on the different controllers that users have implemented with Mackie/HUI and MIDI Learn.
Here are my experiences:
Behringer X-Touch (FW v1.21)
Cubasis 3.3/ iPad Pro 2015/ OS 14.4.2
- All main transport, Jog Wheel (but no scrub), Track zoom (Vert & Horiz), Undo, Click, Cycle, Rec, Solo, Mute, Select, Automation buttons, Fader Bank Select.
- Zoom buttons can also be toggled to be track and region navigation buttons using the center button.
- Rotary encoders can be toggle assigned to pan, send level, or the native Cubasis Studio EQ (Other Plug-in support is not functioning yet in Mackie/HUI as of the specified FW and software versions). Pushing in the encoder toggles audio channel input monitoring on/off.
Although the faders will adjust track level, there is no motorized fader support the way it works in Auria Pro..
There is also no support for Scribble strip information or the L.E.D collars around the endless encoders all of which are supported in Auria Pro.
The motorized faders, scribble strips and L.E.D collars all work when BOTH input and output ports are enabled. Many thanks to Lars and his team for pointing out this detail.
The L.E.D metering appears to not yet be supported though (the way it is in Auria). I verified this with both midi and audio tracks. This feature would be very helpful to save/optimize screen real estate during your workflow by allowing you to visually monitor signal levels without pulling up the mixer view in Cubasis. Almost all other ‘mixer view’ operations can be performed directly from the X-Touch.
The implementation of manual fader support in Cubasis 3.3 is non-destructive. This means a track level will wait for its corresponding fader to ‘catch up’ before the previously set track level will be changed which is a great feature to have.
The X-Touch as of v1.21 supports far more Cubasis 3.3 features in Mackie mode than it does in HUI but it does technically connect in HUI as well for basic features such as transport control.
I hope this information helps some users and I am curious on experiences with other controllers as well.