Recovery of MIDI Recordings

Cubase allows you to recover MIDI data, including controller data, that was captured in Stop mode or during playback.

The MIDI data is stored in the retrospective record buffer, and you can insert it as a MIDI part on the selected MIDI track.

The buffer captures up to 10000 MIDI events. This can amount to a MIDI recording of around 2 minutes and 30 seconds. However, if you use a keyboard that produces a large amount of MIDI controller events, such as the ROLI Seaboard, this only corresponds to a recording of around 20 seconds.


In the Preferences dialog (Record—MIDI page), you can specify a Retrospective Record Buffer Size.

If the buffer is full, the MIDI events that were captured first are replaced by the new events. MIDI events in the buffer are also replaced in the following situations:

  • You have inserted the retrospective recording on a track, and you play new events in Stop mode or during playback.

  • You play MIDI notes in Stop mode, and you do not play for more than 30 seconds, before playing further MIDI events in Stop mode.


You can also empty the buffer manually.