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Posted by chris on October 23, 2000 at 23:08:07:

In Reply to: Re: Hooking it all to a PC, using Cubase posted by Michael P on October 23, 2000 at 15:55:55:

Ok. Yes everything is set properly. Now, I have got some sound out of it with either Cubase or CakeWalk. But now, there must be something else I do wrong because It sounds like a cheap Casio (hey no offense to those who actually like that sound...)
But anyways, I have selected the Alesis Midi output but no sounds comes out then. So I have to go back and select the synth chip from my sound card wich is very cheesy...

I am new to midi, so there must tons of things that I do wrong in there. (Recycled guitar player...I am).

Thanx for the reply.


: Okay, is your synth set to midi "ON" ?

: If not read the manual, where it talks about setting your synth up for midi.

: Mine works.

: : Ok. Now I've gotten closer to the solution. Based on your input, I can now have the QS6 & the PC to communicate together. I have tried with freeloader and soundbridge and it works fine.

: : Now I just can't make it happen with Cakewalk or Cubase. Since I know you are using Cakewalk, you probably have a few ideas about what is wrong. I keep getting the following message in Cakewalk when it opens :

: : "You have not selected any midi output devices, recording will not work..."

: : Although I select "Roland MPU-401" as input device and "Roland MPU-401" as output device, it still throws
: : the same message back at me.

: : I have more questions now, Is it going to be possible for me to listen to my QS6.1 thru my computer(connected via pc speakers ), even without recording? and also without any recording software on? Or will I always have to play with the software?(Cakewalk or Cubase) ( If I can get it to work anyways!)

: : Thanx,

: : Chris

: :
: : : Thanx Rod, I really appreciate your help!

: : : I'll give it a try and I'll keep you posted. In the meantime I have also installed Cakewalk, to see if anything will be easier...

: : : Thanx

: : : Chris

: : :
: : : : OK, now we're talking. I have a better idea where you running into problems.

: : : : For starters, you don't need the serial driver (the asdwin driver) if you're going to use standard midi connections. There's two ways to exchange midi info in a qs. With the midi in and out ports to the midi in and out of the soundcard (With the joystick cable) OR from the serial connector on the back of the QS to a serial port on the PC (and in this case you need the drivers).

: : : : Since it looks like you've hooked up the midi ports with the 'joytick cable' let's stay with this approach.

: : : : Make sure you set the QS to send and receive midi thru the midi ports and not the serial port (there's something in the global settings)

: : : : Make sure your cubase software is set to send and receive midi data to the midi port (usually called MPU-401 port). By default the sequencer I think tries to look at the soundcard 'synth' chip. There should be some kind of global setting. If you installed the serial driver it may even be configured to look at that.

: : : : If nothing shows up you may have to install midi drivers in the PC.

: : : : On an earlier posting I gave someone step by step instructions on using Freeloader. but for the time being try to get cubase to work 1st and the rest will follow.

: : : : Try this and let me know how you make out.

: : : : Rod

: : : : : I installed the drivers as per the manual: drivers installed come from the CD provided with the QS6-1, they are located in the /alesis/asdwin directory.

: : : : : They have been installed succesfully. Then I installed the other software included, Soundbridge & Freeloader.

: : : : : I already have the Cubase vst Vers. 5 Software installed on my PC. Now, I want to know if I need to do any special set-up to have Cubase record anything from the QS6. I just can't seem to get my PC & the QS6 to communicate in any way. (I have tried with Freeloader & Soundbridge with no success)

: : : : : I have connected the QS6 & PC together with a midi cable (midi in & out) that goes to the PC Joystick connection.

: : : : : I think there is two options :

: : : : : 1)
: : : : : Altough I did follow the manual step by step instructions, I might have missed something in the QS6 midi set-up.

: : : : : 2)
: : : : : Maybe I missed on something with Cubase or the PC midi settings.

: : : : : In any case, I still can't get any sound from it.

: : : : : Any help would be greatly appreciated.

: : : : : Thanx in advance,

: : : : : Chris

: : : :
: : : : :
: : : : : : There are a few steps. I don't know of any step by step guide, other than something in the cubase manual (I use cakewalk). If you outline exactly what you've done, we can point out what you missed.
: : : : : : Rod

: : : : : : : Help!

: : : : : : : I'va just bough a QS6 and I want to hook it up to my PC. I have bought a midi cable to do so (it connects to the joystick slot) and I have also installed the Midi Drivers. But I still can't anything to work... Does anyone has the stp by step procedure on how to make this work so I can record my stuff???

: : : : : : : Thanx

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