I use a usb midi controller. Fun as heck. Easy as pie. I’m on a Mac. Not sure if PC is plug and play and not sure which you’re using. Additionally, if you are on a Mac, you could map out your beats for free in GarageBand with its Drummer. It’s really quite intuitive. Then you could export the wav files to Cubase if you’re more comfortable there. (Ignore if you’ve already purchased EZD.) Edit: Never mind. I see I’m late to your thread party.