Here's the scenario I want to achieve: to have cubase 6.5 slave synchronized to a real drummer just to use Spectrasonics Stylus and Omni/Trilian grooves and arpeggios live.
Several days ago in my mind I thought it could have been a simple task. Some electronics coupled with say... kick pedal of the drum that may send an impulse trasformed to midi clock after some software algorithms.
Before plugging the solderer, I googled around to find if something already did exist. The first thing I found was the Redsound Soundbite Micro, a nice little piece of gear that receives an audio track in its input, beat detect it to find bpm and sends midi clock to its midi out. "I'm on a horse" I said to myself. After several days of trials I must say "What a childlike I was".
Music software companies seem to have a trust in a "Feed the drummer with a click track to torture him" company.
Before telling the full story of the last days the question is: is this possible in some way?
Here's the story:
First of all I bought a second hand Soundbite Micro. The device seems to work pretty well. You put an audio track with a straight beat in its audio input and, after some adjustments, four nice blue leds start to blink following the tempo. The first thing I discovered is that Cubase doesn't sync as slave to midi clock. WHY??? Google again and I find that other seqs do. So I started downloading trial version of Sonar X1. It receives play command, starts play but it doesn't follow tempo in any way.
Then I downloaded trial version of Ableton Live. It syncs perfectly with Soundbite Micro detecting a beat. I was so happy. So I loaded an arpeggiated patch in Omnisphere but when slaved to sync the patch sound for less than a second and then stops.
Ok... my last hope is Rewire. I thought: "Soundbite Micro as sync master to Live that could be master Rewired to a Cubase slave instance and maybe inside Cubase Omnisphere arp patches play in sync". Nothing! Cubase can't be slave rewired.
I hope some of you could have an answer to this. Last hope is Spectrasonics may look at sound interruption in patches when Live is synced to midi clock
Thanks for your response Eric but I'm sorry (and of course happy) to contradict you. Finally I solved. I have to pre tap a bit on the dedicated button in Live internally synced and then switching to external sync, every VSTs sound as they should following the tempo.
I must have to say thanks to Ableton support that suggested some hints that didn't help for the final solution but encouraged me to experiment again just when I was discouraged.
From now on for all of you I'm "The Drummers' Emancipator"