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Q:
How do I use my Native instrument in Cubase?
 
A:
The Integration of NI-Software in Steinberg Cubase (VST32, Version 5)

NI-Software can integrate directly with the VST interface of Cubase, therefore it may be opened from within the sequencer as a plug-in, be remote-controlled and played via the MIDI tracks, work together with further effect plug-ins and be recorded direct to audio tracks.

This tutorial illustrates the fundamentals of the integration of NI-Software in Cubase.

1. Installation of a plug-in:
During the installation you need to supply the exact location of the Cubase VST-Plugins folder. eg. „c:\programs\cubase vst 32\Vstplugins“. To be able to open a plug-in within Cubase there needs to be an appropriate Native Instruments file (under PC with the extension ".dll" for: Dynamic Link Library) located inside the „Vstplugins“ folder eg. "B4.dll" and "B4fx.dll" (the second is the effects plug-in). This occurs automatically if the installation instructions in your handbook are followed.

Once installed you may copy (don't move !) these NI VST files to the Vstplugins folder of another Audio/Sequencer program. This can be useful if you install a second sequencer after installing your NI software.
2. Opening a VST Plug-in:
 Instrumentens rack: Load a VST instrument
To select a VST Instrument, choose “Panels -› VST Instruments”. An instrument rack then appears with the entry “No VST Instrument”. Click on this entry and continue to hold down the mouse button. An options menu opens with all installed VST Instruments. If you release-click on one of these instruments it will be loaded into the rack and at least one channel fader appears in the VST Channel mixer.

With the “Edit” button, open the user interface for the selected plug-in. The red button on the plug-in should be activated. Choose a MIDI track. After opening the MIDI track inspector (opened by the small arrow at the lower left of the “Arrange” window) an entry for the VST Plug-in can be found in the “Output” column (alternatively you can enlarge the grey part of the left window to find the output column). Make the selection by clicking on it. This MIDI track now controls the VST Instrument.

REAKTOR for Mac users please note: Please read the information in your product packaging concerning the use of REAKTOR 3 as a VST plug-in.3. NI instruments as effects plug-ins
Within Cubase, B4 and Pro-52 can be used both as sound sources and also as effects for an audio-track, or the output of another VST instrument. To use an NI Instrument as an effect choose an Insert or Send Effect slot of a mono track in the Cubase mixer and load the appropriate effect plug-in (B4fx or Pro-52fx). With B4 the Vibrato, Drive and Rotator effects can be used to manipulate the sound. With Pro-52 the Filter, Amplifier and Effect sections are available. Although B4 can be used as an effect with Cubase 3.7, Pro-52 requires Cubase 5 (VST 2.1). Since the audio signal is sent through all the signal-processing parameters no sound will be heard until the Envelope is triggered by a Gate signal. Cubase 5 is required because MIDI control of effect plug-ins is not possible in Cubase 3.7.
 Pro-52 EXT IN an envelope
After activating the plug-in an entry for the effect appears in the output column of the MIDI track. To route an outside signal to the Pro-52 it is necessary to turn on the “EXT” button.
If you wish to avoid using the volume envelope of the Pro-52 then turn the “Sustain” value completely to the right and all other parameters completely to the left. Then draw a MIDI note in the Key Editor whose length corresponds to the duration of the effect. The pitch of this note only plays a role if you have turned up the “KEYB” (Keyboard Tracking) control in the “Filter” settings. In this case the pitch then affects the filter frequency. If you do not want to use keyboard tracking then the “KEYB” control should be turned completely to the left.