How to Setup Metagrid With Cubase or Nuendo for Windows

Metagrid Phil Setup

How To Set Up Metagrid With Cubase or Nuendo for Windows

Metagrid is a very substantial and inexpensive remote surface for the iPad. It offers you virtually unlimited control of Cubase and Nuendo.

Once set up it will save you a lot of time and add a lot of convenience.

The setup can a be a little tricky. So here is a step by step walk-through.

DOWNLOADS:

Download Meta Server:
http://www.metasystem.io/resources/Metaserver_Win_2.1.9.zip

Download App Specific Resources:
http://www.metasystem.io/resources/Metasystem_App_Specific_Resources_v1.7.zip

Download Loop MIDI:
http://www.tobias-erichsen.de/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/loopMIDISetup_1_0_16_27.zip

FOLDERS:

Extract all of the above to a folder for example: C:/Users/YOURUSERNAME/Documents/MetaGrid/
Extract the Cubase folder from the Metasystem_App_Specific_Resources_v1.7.zip file to the same location

Copy the Project Logical Editor folder and the Logical Edit folder from Metasystem_App_Specific_Resources_v1.7.zip
to Windows: C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Steinberg\Cubase 10.5\Presets

Run the LoopMIDI Setup executable to install loopMIDI

SETUP WINDOWS:

Start loopMIDI and setup two MIDI ports named: MS_MIDI and MS_CUBENDO (you can name these whatever you like)

loopMIDI Setup
loopMIDI Setup

 

Start Metaserver and go to the MIDI Ports Tab
At Port name Metasystem MIDI select MS_MIDI as IN and OUT
At Port name Cubase select MS_CUBENDO as IN and OUT

Metaserver MIDI Ports
Metaserver MIDI Ports

 

Go to the Files Tab in Metaserver
Under Cubase, select metasystem_macros.xml
Under Cubase, select metasystem_macros2.xml

Metaserver Files
Metaserver Files

 

SETUP CUBASE:

Now Open Cubase and go to Studio Setup (or press F9)
Add 2 Generic Remotes
Select the MIDI input and output of each to MS_CUBENDO
Select metagrid for iOS (metasystem1.xml) as the source for remote 1
Select metagrid for iOS – C9 (metasystem2.xml) as the source for remote 2

Generic Remote
Generic Remote

 

That is it! You are ready to run METAGRID on your iPad.

Make sure your iPad and computer are on the same network. When you start Metagrid you will see a scan and then you will see Available Computers.

Metagrid Devices
Metagrid Devices

 

Select your Computer
Make sure Cubase is in focus on your computer
Metagrid will now open the default Cubase configuration
If you want to lock Metagrid to Cubase regardless of whether it has focus or not. Double tap on the Cubase name at the top.

Metagrid for Cubase
Metagrid for Cubase

 

Happy Editing.

 

If you like the look of my default setup you can download it here: METAGRID CUBASE ONE PAGE + BATCH FILE

Put the file into your Dropbox (C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Dropbox\Apps\Metagrid) and import into Metagrid using View Editor > Import > Import View

Import Metagrid View
Import Metagrid View

 

The file also contains the batch file below. It has txt extension. Just edit it as guided then rename to Metastart.bat


BATCH FILE:

You may also want to set up a batch file to start Metaserver AND loopMIDI at the same time. So you don’t have to have them run at Windows’ start-up.

EDIT The FOLLOWING to point to the correct Metaserver.exe location and put it in a file. Name it to METASTART.bat

Double clicking this will start loopMIDI and then after 2 seconds will start Metaserver.

REM Metastart Batch file by Phil Pendlebury

@echo off
cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Tobias Erichsen\loopMIDI\"
start loopMIDI.exe

timeout /t 2 >nul

REM EDIT this path to point to your Metaserver folder
REM When you are done rename the file extension to .bat

cd "C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Documents\MetaGrid\"
start Metaserver.exe

exit

Cheers, P.

Thanks for reading.