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Installing and Updating C_brains (Cubase 12+)

Updating from Cubase 11 to 12
C_brains users updating from Cubase 11 should first delete the old Generic Remotes and disconnect the MIDI ports.

1. Install Lemur Project

C_brains ships as a standard .jzml file and can be installed like any other MK Lemur controller. If you are new to using MK Lemur controllers, check our main article Installing MK Lemur Controllers for first steps.

For instructions on how to update to a new version, see Software Updates: Transferring Settings to a New Version.

2. Install Logical Editor Commands

  1. Quit Cubase.
  2. Drag the C_brains Command Set folder into Cubase’s Logical Edit presets folder. Existing Cubase users will note that this folder location has changed from previous versions.
macOS
*Your Username / Documents / Steinberg / Cubase / User Presets / Logical Edit

Tip: Some installations of Cubase might not create a Logical Edit folder. Just create a folder named Logical Edit if it doesn’t exist.
Windows
C: // Users / *Your Username / AppData / Roaming / Steinberg / *Your version of Cubase / Presets / Logical Edit

Tip: The easiest way to jump to this file location is to open the command prompt and type %appdata%/Steinberg

3. Create MIDI Kinetics remote folder directory

  1. Drag the midikinetics remote folder that comes with C_brains into Cubase’s MIDI Remote folder directory, inside the Local subdirectory.
macOS
/Users/*Your Username/Documents/Steinberg/Cubase/MIDI Remote/Driver Scripts/Local
Windows
C:\Users\*Your Username\Documents\Steinberg\Cubase\MIDI Remote\Driver Scripts\Local

When you are done, the folder structure should look like this:

Multiple MIDI Kinetics Remotes
If you have any other MIDI Kinetics remotes, drag only the C_brains folder into the midikinetics subdirectory. All MIDI Kinetics controllers should reside inside the same parent directory:

4. Reserve a MIDI port for C_brains

Pick an unused MIDI port and commit yourself to using it for C_brains only. Cubase will take ownership over this MIDI port and not allow anything else to communicate with it. This includes the connection you use for MKConnect. Do not connect MKConnect and C_brains to the same MIDI port.

Check your MIDI flow to make sure this port isn’t being used in any other pipeline. This includes any MIDI tracks in your Cubase project and any other MIDI remotes you are using.

Make a Commitment
At the time of writing this article, it is important to commit yourself to using this port for C_brains up front as it is currently quite difficult to change it later, requiring the complete deletion of the MIDI remote file and reinstalling. This may change in a future update to Cubase.

5. Install the remote

  1. Launch Cubase and open the MIDI Remote panel.
  2. In the Scripting Tools panel, click Reload Scripts to ensure Cubase sees the new remote.

If the Scripting Tools menu is hidden, you can show it by clicking the cog-wheel icon at the top right of the panel:

  1. Click the plus button to add a new remote:
  1. Select Vendor: MIDI Kinetics, Model: C_brains, and choose the MIDI input and output you want to use.

6. Block Cubase from recording C_brains and MKConnect’s output on your tracks

  1. Go to MIDI Port Setup.
  2. Uncheck C_brains’ and MKConnect’s MIDI connections from In ‘All MIDI’.

7. Ensure MIDI Display Resolution is set to Cubase defaults

For the Selector to properly perform rhythmic selections, Cubase’s MIDI display resolution must be set to the default setting of 480 PPQ (120 Ticks). This setting can be found in Cubase Preferences: MIDI.

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