Today I got myself another nice toy, which should make it easier and faster for me to work within electronic music systems. Korg’s controller “nanoKontrol2“.
While it was easy to connect and make it work, it seems to be a different story all together to make it run with and in Nuendo 4.
The first step is to connect the device to the computer. Then of course, installing the MIDI drivers, which are to be downloaded from Korg’s web pages. For the most up to date ones check here for example, and for a version a bit older, but still running under XP, check here (follow the link “software & downloads” on the left).
After installing the basic drivers, install and run the editor (included on the download pages). Pick your device (in my case nanoKontrol2) in order to assign keys and functions to MIDI commands.
In the left lower part of the window click the tab ‘Control’ and choose ‘Common’ from its list. On the right side of he window appear three labels with pull-down menus each. In the one named ‘Control Mode’ select ‘Cubase’ from the list and wrap this section off by sending the adjusted data to the device (menu bar -> ‘Communication’, then ‘Write Scene data’).
This is sufficient concerning the nanoKonrol2 itself.
Now open Nuendo, and in a new, still empty project set up the device.
In order to do so, go to:
|The by the nanoKontrol2 covered tracks have a white strip on the left end of the track. Moving the faders or knobs, or pressing the buttons is executed in real-time.|
|Something important concerning each MIDI track: change the input device! Otherwise using the fader for example will not only result in volume changes but also in pitch bending.|
Here is a video (in Portuguese) I found one youtube demonstrating these easy steps for running the device in Cubase. It is basically the same steps under Nuendo, and should work perfectly fine in the DAW after choosing for ‘Cubase” in the editor and sending the data to the device.