Although plug-ins are a popular way to generate sound, many DAWs started life as MIDI-only sequencers which would need to be connected to external MIDI hardware. Cubase is in fact one of the very longest-lived of the DAWs out there, and originally made its name as a MIDI sequencer long before hard disk recording or plugins even existed. Virtually any electronic instrument you can buy will have MIDI capability, and the resurgence in the popularity of hardware, especially synths, has meant that Cubase's ability to control external gear is as important as ever. In this short video from the course Cubase 10 102: MIDI Recording and Editing, Matt Hepworth shows you how to set it up.
Matt demonstrates the building blocks of a system where you connect Cubase to an instrument via MIDI and then record the audio outputs of that instrument back into Cubase via an interface. This can happen in a variety of ways depending on your equipment. The MIDI may be DIN format via a MIDI interface, or it might be over USB. The audio could be via Jack plugs, or it too might be over USB. What's crucial to understand is the way it all fits together, and that's what you'll learn in this video. Be sure to check out the full course using the links below for a complete guide to recording and editing MIDI in Cubase.