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TFP and Cubase5: how do you synchronize them so the TFP starts playing and Cubase starts recording simultaneously?

hi all,
I managed to connect fully my TFP with Cubase 5 and make it record some tracks.
Now it is the time to record in a synced way!
I have Cubase 5, win7-64bit.
Obviously by pressing a single button magic must happen:
1. TFP start playing
2. Cubase starts recording

1+2 must occur synchronized, which means that the start of the bar in Cubase must be the start of the bar in the sequencer of the TFP.

How can I do it?
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  • Hey RadioS,

    Thanks for posting!

    You will need to do a few things to synchronize your TFP to Cubase - set the TFP to send a transport format that Cubase can understand, set the TFP to use an external clock source, and make sure Cubase is sending clock to the TFP.

    Cubase will respond to Mackie transport protocol and the TFP can send that type of transport. To set the TFP to Mackie, press the CTRL button and use the Value Dial to scroll to the last page, Advanced. Set the TRNSPRT and CURSORS fields to Mackie. Press the button under EXIT when you're done.

    This knowledge base article will help you set up a Mackie Device in Cubase:

    M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro - Cubase & Arsenal Setup

    To synchronize the TFP to an external source, select PREFS on the main screen and press the button under CLOCK so it reads External then press the button under EXIT.

    Once you've completed those steps, the hardware is all set. The last thing you'll need to do is make sure that Cubase is sending clock data to the TFP. The Cubase documentation will help you do that - I think this will be a good place to start:

    Cubase - Synchronization

    I hope that helps you!
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  • Hi!!!
    This is the happest moment since I bought TFP (2-3 years ago)!!!!
    things are not definitely as described in the articles, there are a lot of differences depended on the system.
    Well,
    In the guide
    M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro - Cubase & Arsenal Setup
    1. when I set the buttons, faders and knobs to Mackie, they stop working, I have to set them to Arsenal
    2. In Step 4, device set up, options MIDIIn2 and MIDIout2 do not exist. I have "Finger Trigger Pro MIDI" and "3 - Finger Trigger Pro MIDI", why are they duplicated? These options do not work. BUT thanks to option "Trigger Finger Pro Mackie" it works
    3. The trick I was missing was how to send the clock to TFP so it starts playing. So far the sequencer was disabled expecting an external clock. The article you send me didn't help at all. The control panel of my interface has nothing to do with clock. I simply used the information here:
    https://www.steinberg.net/forums/view...
    and I set up the clock!!!
    D.
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  • well, never say never,
    now I started using it, new -funnier- issues have showed up!

    1. how can i make the sequence of the TFP go to the start? double stop button clicking does not do anything. The only way to do this is to go to the TFP preferences and set the clock to internal
    2. I recorder something, when I press the play in the Cubase to listen to it....the TFP starts playing as well. Here too, the only way to do this is to go to the TFP preferences and set the clock to internal

    Is there a more sophisticated way to fix these issues?
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