Hi all, glad to join this new site.
Proud owner of a Motif XS connected via midi to Cubase 8.0.5, my audio interface is a UR28M all working well and very happy with that setup...just waiting for Steinberg/Yamaha to sort out the issue with the Motif XS VST plugin to take full advantage of this setup. For context, I'm an aspiring composer focused on cinematic, trailer and music for the media, I currently do this as a very serious hobby.
Anyhow, I currently use the Motif in two ways:
1. In voice mode to play sounds and record them in Cubase on audio tracks. In this scenario I have the keyboard setup to transmit no MIDI to Cubase, this allows me to switch to midi/instrument tracks on Cubase freely while I still play my Motif sound (I keep a dedicated audio track called Motif with monitoring ON). If I want to control a VSTi in Cubase via midi (e.g. a KONTAKT instrument) I just push one button and switch to MASTER mode (see 2 below).
2. In MASTER mode I tried to setup the keyboard to be a MIDI controller where I can use the faders and knobs to send MIDI CC data (but I want no sound from the Motif to Cubase so I have the internal Motif switch off). I have zone ON, each zone configured as zone 1 (does that mean is MIDI channel 1?), I have each knob and fader sending each a unique CC# (so I can use these to control VST parameters). I'm almost satisfied with this setup but I feel I'm missing something and I'm dealing with a couple of nuisances.
It is worth noting that if I want to control Cubase transport I just enable the Motif remote control, although I now use an iPad with Lemur to do all that so I rarely use this function (maybe I use it more while mixing and mastering).
Nuisances when in MASTER mode:
a. I have Cubase sending midi clock to the Motif so arpeggios are in sync with my project, the problem is that when I click play in Cubase that also starts the Motif sequencer and the bank that I currently have as Master has a song which I have to manually stop in the Motif so it doesn't sound on top of my Cubase project. I know I can create another Master bank that has no song associated to it but before doing that I wanted to come here and see if you guys recommend a better Cubase/Motif/Master configuration.
b. With the 8 knobs and 8 faders I have pretty decent control over various VST parameters (setting up track quick controls and VST quick controls in Cubase) but I wish I had more, so I'm looking for a way to 'scroll' through banks in the Motif so I can change the CC# values on the knobs/faders quickly. My first logical idea is to setup multiple MASTER banks each with different CC's and just activate them or scroll through them as needed, before doing that I wanted to check here for suggestions.
In any case, MASTER mode is a very complex beast I'm trying to figure out and I really feel there is great potential here that will make my workflow easier while working on Cubase and the Motif as a midi controller, a tone generator and soon a VST instrument.
Looking forward for your input guys...can't wait for Bad Mister to chip in