How to set up a nano kontrol with cubase

Written by robert ceville
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The Korg Nano Kontrol allows users to control the parameters within Cubase by way of MIDI, but it has to be installed and configured correctly in order to work properly. With nine mixer channels on its interface (four programmable banks of nine total), and multiple transport control buttons, you can assign the device to control mixer channels and virtual synth programs without much effort at all. Once you choose the device as your MIDI controller in Cubase, you will be able to bridge the gap between the virtual studio, and traditional hardware control.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Mini USB cable
  • Korg USB-MIDI driver tools

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Plug the mini USB end of the USB cable into the USB port on the left side of the Nano Kontrol, then plug the regular-sized end of the cable into an open USB port on your computer. Drivers will be loaded and you will see the red lights appear on the controller. Even though the Nano Kontrol has on-board drivers that load automatically, you will have to install more software to get it to work properly.

  2. 2

    Go to the Korg support website and download the "Korg USB-MIDI Driver Tools" application, then install it to your hard drive (see Resources).

  3. 3

    Finish installing the drivers for the Nano Kontrol. Go to "Start," "All Programs," "Korg," click on "Korg USB-MIDI Driver Tools," and select "Install Korg USB-MIDI Device." A screen will appear stating that the Nano Kontrol is connected, then click "Install Device." The installation will only take a few minutes to complete.

  4. 4

    Open Cubase by going to "Start," "All Programs," and selecting it from the list of applications that are currently installed within Windows. If you created a shortcut when you first installed Cubase, you can just double-click on the icon located on your desktop.

  5. 5

    Select the Nano Kontrol as a MIDI device for Cubase to use by clicking "Devices" on the toolbar at the top of the screen, then selecting "Device Setup" from the drop-down menu. Choose "All MIDI Inputs" from the "MIDI" folder, click on the "Nano Kontrol" from the right side of the same screen, click "Apply," then "OK."

  6. 6

    Select the MIDI channel that Cubase and the Nano Kontrol will communicate on by clicking "Default MIDI Ports" from the "MIDI" folder, then selecting "All MIDI Inputs." This will allow Cubase to work in omni mode, which means it will receive information on all MIDI channels. Since the Nano Kontrol does not receive MIDI information, you do not have to change the MIDI Out settings in Cubase.

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