MOTIF-RACK ES Recording the Arpeggio Data via MIDI to Cubase

Last Update: 09/29/2010

MOTIF-RACK ES arpeggio performances can be output as MIDI data and recorded to Cubase MIDI tracks. The MOTIF-RACK ES and Cubase MIDI settings must be properly set up prior to recording.  By making settings that allow the arpeggio playback tempo to synchronize to MIDI clock, playback can be synchronized to the Cubase playback tempo.

Recording Procedure
When recording arpeggios be careful to avoid a MIDI loop. This can occur when the arpeggio data sent to Cubase from the MOTIF-RACK ES is returned to the MOTIF-RACK ES via the Cubase MIDI Thru function, interfering with proper operation.

In the following example MIDI loop problems will be avoided by creating separate Cubase tracks for trigger data and the arpeggio data. In this example the MOTIF-RACK ES and computer are connected via USB, and the MIDI OUT terminal of an external keyboard is connected to the MOTIF-RACK ES MIDI IN terminal. (Windows XP/USB-MIDI Driver V2.2.0) The illustrations in the text refer to Cubase 4 (Cubase Studio 4), but operation is the same for Cubase SX3/SL3/SE3, etc.


MOTIF-RACK ES Multi Settings
1. Execute the initialize operation to reset the Multi to its default state.

2. Press the [EDIT] button to go to the Multi Edit Mode.

3. Press the [MUTE/SEL/ENTER] button so that its indicator goes OFF.

4. Press one of the [1/5/9/13] ~ [4/8/12/16] buttons to go to the Multi Part Edit Mode.

5. Use the PAGE [<][>] buttons to select the [Voice] display, and set the ArpSw item of the part to be used for arpeggio performance to ON.
NOTE: The arpeggio function can only be applied to one part.

6. Press [SHIFT] + [ARPEGGIO]. Use the upb.gif and downb.gif buttons to position the cursor at the OutputSwitch item and set it to off.
NOTE: The Arpeggio type and other parameters can also be set via the same display (Arpeggio Edit Mode).

7. Press the MOTIF-RACK ES [ARPEGGIO] button to enable the Arpeggio function (the indicator will light orange).

Creating a Trigger Track
1. Select a MIDI track in the Cubase project window. Set the inspector Input item to Yamaha MOTIF-RACK ES-1, and the Output item to Yamaha MOTIF-RACK ES-1.

2. Click the record enable button for the MIDI trigger track.

3. Click the record button in the transport panel. The transport panel should appear as shown below, and MIDI recording will begin.

4. Play the external MID keyboard connected to the MOTIF-RACK ES and record the MIDI data. Up to this point you have only recorded the notes you played on the external keyboard (the arpeggio trigger notes) to the Cubase MIDI track.


Creating an Arpeggio Recording Track
1. In the project window select a different MIDI track from the one chosen when creating the trigger track, above. Set the inspector Input item to Yamaha MOTIF-RACK ES-1, and the Output item to Unconnected.

2. Press [SHIFT] + [ARPEGGIO]. Use the upb.gif and downb.gif buttons to position the cursor at the OutputSwitch item and set it to on.

3. Click the record enable button for the arpeggio track.

4. If you start recording with the above settings, the MIDI data played back from the trigger track will trigger arpeggio playback, and the arpeggio performance data from the MOTIF-RACK ES will be output as MIDI data. At the same time the MIDI data will be recorded as shown below.


MIDI Data Playback
1. Press the MOTIF-RACK ES [ARPEGGIO] button to disable the arpeggio function (the button's indicator will go out).

2. Change the Output setting of the Arpeggio track from Unconnected to Yamaha MOTIF-RACK ES-1.

3. Click the [PLAY] button in the Cubase transport panel to play back the MIDI data.
NOTE: Mute the trigger data track.

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