This page contains settings that affect MIDI recording and playback.

MIDI Thru Active

Sets all MIDI tracks that are record-enabled or have monitoring activated to echo incoming MIDI data, sending it back out on their respective MIDI outputs and channels. This allows you to hear the correct sound from your MIDI instrument during recording.


If you use MIDI Thru, select Local Off mode on your MIDI instrument to prevent each note from sounding twice.

Reset on Stop

Sets Cubase to send out MIDI reset messages, including note-off and controller resets, on stop.

Never Reset Chased Controllers

Never resets controllers to 0 when you stop playback or move to a new position in the project.

Length Adjustment

Allows you to enter a length adjustment value in ticks by which the notes that have the same pitch and MIDI channel are adjusted. This ensures that there is always a short time between the end of one note and the start of another. By default, there are 120 ticks per 1/16 note, but you can adjust this with the MIDI Display Resolution setting.

Chase Events

Chases event types for which one of the chase options is activated when you locate to a new position and start playback. This makes your MIDI instruments sound as they should when you locate to a new position and start playback.

If Chase not limited to Part Boundaries is activated, MIDI controllers are also chased outside the part boundaries, and the chase is performed on the part under the cursor as well as on all the parts to the left of it. Deactivate this for very large projects, as it slows down processes such as positioning and soloing.

MIDI Display Resolution

Allows you to set the display resolution for viewing and editing MIDI data.

Extend Playback Range of Notes that start before the Part

Extends the playback range of MIDI notes that start before the part in ticks. This is useful if MIDI events start shortly before the start of the MIDI part. If you do not extend the playback range, these events are not played. This setting is also taken into account during cycle playback.

Insert Reset Events after Record

Inserts a reset event at the end of each recorded part. This resets controller data, such as Sustain, Aftertouch, Pitchbend, Modulation, or Breath Control. This is useful if you stop recording before the note-off command is sent, for example.

MIDI Latency Mode

Allows you to specify the latency of the MIDI playback engine.

Low lowers the latency and increases the responsiveness of the MIDI playback engine. However, this setting might also decrease your computer performance if your project contains lots of MIDI data.

Normal is the default mode and the recommended setting for most workflows.

High increases the latency and the playback buffer. Use this if you work with complex VST instrument libraries or with projects that have a very high performance level.

MIDI Max. Feedback in ms

Allows you to set the maximum length of the notes when using Acoustic Feedback in MIDI editors.