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Configuring Cubase / Nuendo for use with M-Audio devices
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This guide will provide a quick walkthrough on how to setup your M-Audio audio and MIDI devices in Cubase or Nuendo.

Before proceeding, you must install the latest drivers for your device.

1. Launch Cubase or Nuendo.

2. Select Device Setup from the Devices menu.

3. Select the VST Audio System in the Device Setup window.  In previous versions of Cubase, this selection may be called VST Multitrack, or VST Audiobay.

4. Click the dropdown menu for ASIO Driver  and select your M-Audio device.  PC users should select the M-Audio ASIO driver.


Note: Cubase/Nuendo may identify your M-Audio device by Series (USB, FW/FireWire, Delta), and not by name.

5. To enable an M-Audio USB MIDI device, click MIDI Port Setup and place a check in the input and output ports you would like to make visible and available to use.

6. Click OK

If you have a multi-channel sound card, you may need to configure the VST connections in order to access all inputs and outputs of your M-Audio sound card.

7. Select VST Connections from the Devices menu.  Here you can add the Input and Output busses to route audio between Cubase and your M-Audio interface.

8. Click on the Inputs tab to configure the input channels available for use in Cubase.



By default, Cubase chooses a pair of stereo inputs and outputs (In/Out 1&2) for your interface.  If you are using an interface with more than two inputs and/or outputs (such as the FireWire 1814), you will need to click on Add Bus and manually add all other input (and output) channels you want to have available for use with Cubase. 

Cubase/Nuendo is now configured for use with your M-Audio devices.  Connect your speakers or headphones to your M-Audio sound card.  You cannot use your computer speakers, or built-in sound card for output.


When recording from a mono sound source such as a single microphone or guitar, it is necessary to select the appropriate mono input to record from.

Create a New Project and add an Audio Track from the Project menu.

In the Audio Track Configuration windows select Mono.



In addition to adding a Mono Audio Track, you must also select the appropriate input channel to record from.  This selection is made on the left side of the audio tracks display in the main sequencer window.  As you can see on the picture below, the available inputs correspond with those activated in the VST Connections window.

If your audio interface does not feature hardware direct monitoring, (Audiophile USB, JamLab, Transit), or if you wish to monitor with software effects, you will need to enable input monitoring.  To enable input monitoring, click on the speaker icon next to the record button.



If your device features hardware direct monitoring and you enable audio input monitoring in Cubase, you will need to disable the hardware direct monitoring of your M-Audio device to avoid doubling your monitored signal.  Please refer to the user guide for your M-Audio device for how to enable/disable hardware direct monitoring.


* This setup procedure is similar across different versions of Cubase and Nuendo.  For more information on configuring and recording with Cubase or other Steinberg products, please consult the Cubase/Nuendo User Guide, or contact Steinberg Support.