I'm trying to make a Roland A-500PRO USB MIDI Controller work with Steinberg's Cubase LE AI Elements 6 for Windows. By default, except the 49 keyboard keys, none of the other sliders, knobs or transport controls work.
I'm able to play and record songs with the Roland A-500PRO keys but I have to use the computer keyboard and mouse for starting and stopping the recording, or changing the volume of a track for instance, which is very frustrating.
The Roland A-500PRO has the concept of a Control Map which is designed to send specific MIDI messages when using a specific controller. It comes with a simple to use software editor in order to customize an existing or create a new Control Map from scratch.
I would like to be able to use this editor to customize the Roland A-500PRO so that it works with Cubase, but I figure I would have two strategies.
- Either customize the Roland A-500PRO Control Map in order to produce MIDI messages as expected by Cubase...
- Or, instruct Cubase to trigger the desired function when receiving specific MIDI messages from the Roland A-500 PRO controller.
In order to do that I would like to monitor the MIDI messages sent by the Roland A-500PRO controller when pressing specific keys or using specific controls. However, I have been unable to find a way to do that.
I'm aware of several MIDI monitoring software but I could not make any of these work.
- Midi Test : this software simple does not work. It simply fails with a "MIDI no properly initialized" message, even though MIDI works perfectly well with Cubase.
- Midi Monitor : this software is hard to understand. It ran once and successfully detected the Roland A-500PRO input and output MIDI ports, but I did not manage to use it. Now, it fails to run with a "Unable to create C:\windows\System32\WINMM174.SYS" message.
- MidiOX : this software sounds like the best bet but I'm unable to make it produce MIDI message when using the Roland A-500PRO controller.
Please, can someone point me in the right direction?