MIDI Keyboard > Cakewalk > VCV Rack > Cakewalk(Audio)


Firstly, I apologise if this is the wrong place to ask this. I am new to VCV/cakewalk combination so I have spent a great deal of time reading both forums for the answer.

Please can someone tell me if what I want to do is possible and if so how to do it. I would like to be able to send the midi pattern from cakewalk to VCV rack, which will play the noises and send them back to cakewalk as audio. I can get the rack (when using the computer keyboard or the midi keyboard) to send the audio back to cakewalk fine, but I am unable to get any midi signal into VCV from cakewalk. I may have set something up wrong but cannot for the life of me work out what.

If anyone has any suggestions they will be grteatly appreciated.

Many Thanks in advance JW

I´m not using cakewalk, but I´d try something like loopmidi to route the midi signal.


The short answer is yes, it can be done.

A virtual MIDI cable can send MIDI from Cakewalk by BandLab (or any DAW) to VCV. The problem is getting audio back into the DAW.

Right now the only solution is VCV Bridge, a VST plug-in developed for VCV Rack 0.6. There are FX and synth versions of the plug-in. It still works in the current release of VCV Rack.

VCVBridge can handle both sending MIDI to VCV and receiving audio from it.

I have not used this in some time but just loaded my templates in CbB and VCV. It still works but…it really is not a good solution.

Development on VCVBridge stopped some time ago. The best solution for using VCV in a DAW is buying the VST plug-in version of VCV Rack when it is released. At least, that is what I an anxiously awaiting.

If you really want to mess with it, here is a post I made on the old Cakewalk forum about using VCV Bridge. While you cannot post on that site, feel free to ask questions here or on the CbB forum. I will do my best to answer.

Hi nilshahn and scook

Thank you both very much for your advice. I am now pleased to say thtat I have managed exactly what I have been after. It may have been my own stupidity holding me back but I got there.

I will let you know here just in case anyone else has the same issue.

I used LoopMidi as nilshahn said. I set up 2 midi channels calling them “From_Cakewalk” and “To_VCV” In Cakewalk I set the midi track up with an input using “From_Cakewalk” and out it to “To_VCV” In VCV_Rack, I set the MIDI-CV unit for -Windows Midi -“To_VCV” -All Channels

The Audio-8 unit I set to Bridge Port 1

In Cakewalk I set an Audio track up and inserted an Audio FX for VCV Bridge.

I can now add midi patterns in Cakewalk and play with / record the output from VCV Rack in Cakewalk.

Thanks for the advice once again.