Keyboard and Pads

Tapping the Keys button in the top menu brings up Cubasis' on-screen keyboard and drum pad controller.


In the top left corner of the Keyboard window, you can toggle between keys and pads, as well as turn the sustain pedal and pitch wheel (left) on / off. The wheel's pitch bend range can be adjusted in the instrument rack for Micro Sonic, MiniSampler or Micrologue.

Note: If you have Micrologue or an Audio Unit selected as your current instrument, you can use the mod wheel (right) to control modulation parameters directly. For Micro Sonic, MiniSampler and Classic Machines, the mod wheel is disabled.

To set the position of your keyboard, drag the light region in the miniature keyboard. Sliding the left or right marker changes the keyboard's range.

Chord buttons

Tapping one of the buttons labelled 1-12 at the top plays all the keys that are assigned to this button. It could be a chord, or any arbitrary number of keys. You can assign keys to a chord button by following these steps:

Note: The chord buttons are saved with a track and therefore change when selecting another track.

Drum and Chord Pads

If you have a drum kit selected, the pads play drum samples; any other instrument plays chords. Reassigning chords or samples is very simple:

  • Pad assignment is track specific, therefore deleting a track will discard all changes.

Pad Mapping Copy and Paste

Transfer pad mappings between tracks and even projects by using the copy / paste button located in the pads' toolbar menu to the right; these buttons are only visible when in pad edit mode.

Note Repeat

When Note Repeat is enabled, holding a key or pad creates a pattern. Tap the Note Repeat button in the toolbar and select a note value from the menu to the right between 1/2 and 1/64 (also available as triplets).

MiniSampler Instruments

If you have a custom MiniSampler instrument selected, you can toggle between drum and chord mode, allowing your instrument to either act as a drum kit or chromatic instrument. Open pad edit mode to bring up the toggle menu.