How to Use a USB Keyboard As a MIDI Device in Cubase

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Things You'll Need

  • MIDI keyboard
  • USB cable

The MIDI keyboard is a useful tool for the recording musician. It allows you to record realistic sounding instruments in the quiet of your own apartment without the use of fancy recording equipment. Cubase, a popular Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), or recording program, gives you access to thousands of realistic instruments that interface with most any MIDI interface.

Connect the small end of your USB cable to the USB output on your MIDI keyboard, and then connect the other end to an available USB port on your computer. USB ports are usually located in the back of the computer tower.

Power on your keyboard and your computer, and then open Cubase and wait for the software to load completely.


Go to "MIDI Device Manager" then click on the "Install Device" button.


Locate and select your MIDI keyboard from the device list located on the left.


Select the MIDI output that is connected to your device. In the case of the USB MIDI cable it will be a USB port. Close the "Device Manager" window.



About the Author

Ezekiel James began as a music writer in 2003. Since then, James has served as a writer for several music, technology and design publications. His work has been published on eHow, and in print for the "The Potrero View" and "Punk Planet." James is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Portland State University.

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