Sync settings for personal music studio

To synchronize the devices in this example scenario, proceed as follows:


  1. Make the connections as shown in the diagram above.

    In this simple example, any device that uses MTC can be substituted.

  2. Open the Project Synchronization Setup dialog and select “MIDI Timecode” as the timecode source.

    When recording from the hard disk recorder into Cubase, Cubase will be the machine control master and the timecode slave, locking to incoming MTC.

  3. In the “Machine Control Output Destination” section, select the “MIDI Machine Control” option.

    Cubase will now send MMC commands to the hard disk recorder to locate and start playback.

  4. In the “Machine Control Output Settings” section, assign the MIDI input and output ports that are connected to the hard disk recorder.

    Since MMC uses 2-way communication, both MIDI ports should be connected. Be sure the MIDI filter does not echo SysEx data.

  5. On the Transport menu, activate “Use External Synchronization”.

    This routes transport commands to the hard disk recorder via MIDI and sets Cubase as the timecode slave.

  6. On the hard disk recorder, enable MMC and MTC.

    Follow the instructions on how to set up the unit to receive MMC commands and transmit MTC.

  7. In Cubase, click the Play button.

    The hard disk recorder should start playback and send MTC to Cubase. Once Cubase syncs to MTC, the status on the Transport panel should read “Lock” and show the current frame rate of incoming MTC.