DAW as Master 788 as Slave?


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Jul 21, 2013
Gear owned
788 portastudio
Hi! My 788's overheated for the last time. I'm not going to chance taking it on the road with me any longer. My idea was to get a DAW, sync it to the 788 via midi interface, trigger it via the DAW while recording it track by track. This way I'll have my prerecorded material off my 788 & onto my Mac. (hopefully this makes sense). I tried this with GarageBand & Audacity- no midi sync. I then tried demos of both Reaper & Ableton- both of which have midi sync, yet for the life of me, I couldn't get to work the way I intended.
I'm at a total standstill. Currently, I'm downloading some demo of Cubase (elements 7), & will give it a try tomorrow before giving up altogether.
Does anyone have any ideas or solutions? In theory it seems so simple: DAW triggers 788, 788 plays, DAW records- yet no matter how much I mess with setting on both (DAW & 788) nothing ever happens.

Please help, or tell me to quit because what I'm asking is a feat that is impossible!!!

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