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  1. dave
  2. Sherlock Holmes The Voice
  3. MODX Series Synthesizers
  4. Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Hi there,

I am playing along to a backing track which is playing through Spotify (normally if I had an mp3 file I wouldn't have this problem).

The spotify track is coming through my USB connection and is playing back via my studio monitors connected to the MODX output.

I can play my keys part along with the track "live", but when I go to record , only the keys(MODX) part seems to be getting through to Cubase.

I have set up an audio track with input as "Stereo In" but this seems only to hear the MODX part.

How do I set up the track to "hear" the spotify audio?

thanks in advance...
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What you can and cannot do is somewhat determined by your computer type and operating system. Unfortunately, the MODX drivers, for PC at least, do not let you choose MODX's Digital Input as a destination for the main system audio. I can route main system audio out to Main L&R from the computer. This path does not come back to Cubase. Only Digital L&R can. In order to get around this - I've used either 3rd party "drivers" to redirect audio in ways the Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver doesn't let you - or I've also uninstalled the drivers altogether which allows for a little more control only for the PC's main speaker output back to MODX using the class compliant drivers. I imagine there are more or different options on Mac.

The easiest thing to do, really, is to get a 2nd machine to be your "spotify" (backing track) playing machine. Connect it up using analog connections to the A/D input. The A/D input will route to the digital output of MODX and Cubase will pick this up. You can use an audio interface on the 2nd backing-track machine so the audio output is higher fidelity than a 3.5mm consumer-grade output.

In this configuration, you would set the A/D output to Main L&R so you can hear the backing track and record it at the same time. Everything will go to Main L&R so the backing and what you play will be mixed on the same audio channel.

If you want to split the channels - you could use the same connect to A/D input. Again set the A/D input's output to Main L&R. However, set all of your Part outputs to USB channels other than Main L&R. Make sure "Direct Monitor" is turned on under [UTILITY] "Settings" -> "Audio I/O". This way you will hear everything mixed on your monitor speakers and your backing track + MODX tone generator will send out to different audio (USB) channels so they can be recorded on separate audio tracks.
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Thanks Jason,

So I can have 2 audio interfaces and drivers running at the same time on the one computer?

One driver works with the MODX and the other works with my 2nd separate audio interface?

Sounds interesting and I might try it but also sounds like it may be simpler to try to get the original audio files that I am listening to through Spotify... I know the artist but he is not techie and has trouble sending files, etc....
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I didn't suggest that - but you can try.
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Your best bet is to do whatever it takes to get the Mp3 file that you wish to play along with, drop it onto a Cubase audio track, take your time syncing the project tempo to that of the file, and you are good to go. Hell, you can even add markers, extend, shorten, repeat the file, etc... After taking your time to set this up, you can even make this the (song name here) template, in which you can save different versions of you playing along.
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