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Finale midi to Cubase
Last post Mon, Mar 09 2015 by EmBee1972, 3 replies.
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Posted on Mon, Mar 09 2015 13:18
by EmBee1972
Joined on Sat, Jan 17 2015, Posts 27

Hi all,

Maybe this has been covered in an earlier thread, but I have searched the forum and couldn't find it. Also I've read the manual of Cubase, but somehow it's either I'm doing something wrong, or I just don't find the right way to get what I want. Anyway, the thing is this:

I'm writing an orchestral piece, using Finale and since Finale's playback is, well, not that great, I thought it would be better to export the Finale file as midi and import it into Cubase. So far so good, everything is imported, tracks are assigned to instruments and playback is much better than with Finale. No glitches, cracks, pops or whatsoever.

But somehow I can't figure out how I have the first sixteen intruments play in only one Vienna Ensemble instance and the rest in a second instance. For every instrument I need to add a seperate instance of VE, which makes (for my piece) 27 instances of VE.... Although playback is fine, I think there should be another, much better way.

My method:

Export the finale file - every staff as single track

Import it into cubase - there are now the same instruments as in Finale, only of course as Cubase/midi data

Here I need to add an instrument track --> VST --> Vienna Ensemble opens --> Add instrument --> copy the info from the original cubase track to the VE track

This has to be done 27 times, thus opening 27 instances of VE in my case, as I can't find out how to add the next instument in the same VE instance. Next midi channel, change inputs, nothing works.

If this is the way to do it, okay, but I'm prety sure there's a better way, but that I'm somehow doing something not right.

My gear used for this piece: Finale 2011b, Cubase 7LE, VSL Special Edition 1, kontakt 5, Vir2 percussion. Computer: Core2duo, 8gb ram, Windows 8.1 (64x)

Posted on Mon, Mar 09 2015 13:50
by Bill
Joined on Fri, Sep 23 2005, Berkshires, MA, Posts 1245

Don't use instrument tracks; use the instrument rack. Load VE and route your MIDI tracks there.

You might also find using XML export/import a better choice then MIDI.

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Posted on Mon, Mar 09 2015 20:24
by EmBee1972
Joined on Sat, Jan 17 2015, Posts 27

Thanks a lot, that id the trick. I had been in that window, but thought it was meant for something else... Anyway, it's solved, makes it a lot easier.

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