I have a Yamaha YPT-220 and Cubase 7.5. I would like to be able to set up a configuration that would allow me to press keys on my keyboard and have it play through Cubase, using the selected instrument track program. (Being able to input notes [record MIDI, basically] would be great too.) How can I achieve this?
Asian Squirrel, you can either buy a MIDI to USB cable, which I would not recommend because of the latency. Latency is the delay between when you press a key and when it registers in your DAW as a midi note. If you're interested in the MIDI to USB cable, here's a link:
It's the cheapest option.
You can also buy an audio interface, which is what I would suggest. I seem to get less latency using an audio interface. I've had a wholly positive experience with the focusrite scarlett series:
If you opt for the audio interface, bear in mind that you will also need to procure a midi cable.
I assume that you have already checked the manual of your Yamaha keyboard and it states that it can be used as a MIDI keyboard. I am not sure about Cubase but it works fine with NUendo. And someone has told me that Cubase and Nuendo iterfaces are same. Try the following
Add an Instrument track, then Select one of the available synths.e.g. Embracer Now under "input" section of the track, the name of your keyboard should appear (you stated that the program recognizes once the keyboard is connected) Select your keyboard as input.
Track output should show the synth that you have selected (embracer). Select Embracer Enable read/write and record on the track.
Play a few keys on the keyboard and you should hear the synth being played.Hit record and start playing and recording.. Hope this helps!!!