Cubase 4: Tips and Tricks

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Cubase 4 is undoubtedly one of the most powerful MIDI and audio production suites around - but are you realizing its full potential? This highly readable book is crammed with practical "insider" tips and tricks using the program creatively.

Keep it by you as you work. You'll find it not only a great companion for troubleshooting and advice but also a source of inspiration.

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Overview

Cubase 4 is undoubtedly one of the most powerful MIDI and audio production suites around - but are you realizing its full potential? This highly readable book is crammed with practical "insider" tips and tricks using the program creatively.

Keep it by you as you work. You'll find it not only a great companion for troubleshooting and advice but also a source of inspiration.

Discover the art of recording, arranging, editing, using plug-ins and VST instruments, processing audio, mixing and much more - all within the realms of Cubase 4.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906005016
  • Publisher: PC Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Gemmell is a composer/arranger and music technology author who uses Cubase 4 professionally on a regular basis.

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Table of Contents


Setup tips     1
First and foremost
Speed matters
Who's driving?
Setting buffer size
Become an expert
Working methods     5
Manual work
Conduct a search
Suits you
Looking good
Start it up
Working templates
Tool up
First things first
Your own devices
Renaming MIDI ports
MIDI Thru
Remote control
Workspace layouts
Window box
Just browsing
Different strokes
Enter to exit!
Switch keys
Macro
Plug watch
Regular savings
Crossing platforms
Backing up
Archive back up
Opening files
Importing audio
Cleaning up
Slide control
History lesson
Handy Edit menu key commands
Join the Library
The main frame
Bay Watch
Suits you
Track exchange
Data dump
Jot it down
Choice editing
Project window tips     23
Open windows
Take a shortcut
Make it snappy
Stay Informed
Oversee events
Breaking the rules
Making the rules
New Order
Zooming about
Show for me
Keeping track
Lock up
Fol-de-ro-do
Auto fades
Shuffle along
It's a drag
Under the Cursor
Share and share alike
What a drag
Use drag and drop
A Range of options
Silence please
Fast moves
Follow me
Personal transport
Jogging along
Edit on the move
Marking time
Recycling
Jumping locators
Colouring in
Importing MIDI files
What no project
Renaming parts
Renaming events
Split screen
Making tracks
Mixer tips     37
Less is more
Why so many mixers
Missing extension
Quick mix
Changing channels
Save thatmix
D'You Wanna be in My Gang
Copy and paste settings
Your own views
Start from scratch
Reading and writing
Group channels
Tweak tweak
2 in 1
What no VST Send Effects
Simultaneous reading and writing
One-way route
Insert Switch
Audio recording tips     45
Start right
Chase up
Cycle tracks
Dangerous doubles
A pile up
What's the catch?
Retro record
The hidden Sound Module (well not exactly)
Get real
Mind the gap
Multiple notes
Pitch bend and modulation
Smooth things over
Weeding
Avoid dropout
Just velocity
Smoother playing
Human touch
Plug-in fun
Step by step
Shut the gate
Transposing parts
Hidden data
MIDI recording tips     57
Start right
Chase up
Cycle tracks
Dangerous doubles
A pile up
What's the catch?
Retro record
The hidden Sound Module (well not exactly)
Get real
Mind the gap
Multiple notes
Pitch bend and modulation
Smooth things over
Weeding
Avoid dropout
Just velocity
Smoother playing
Human touch
Plug-in fun
Step by step
Shut the gate
Transposing parts
Hidden data
Time and tempo tips     69
Take your pick
Change your signature
Slow down
The right clicks
Count base settings
Musical or Linear time based tracks?
Frozen in time
Stretch to fit
Crossed time
On the beat
On tap
Tapping and mapping
Tempo mapping with the Time Warp tool
Transfers
As time slides by
Inspector tips     79
Multi change
Show for me
Alternative mixer
Also under inspection
Auditioning MIDI instruments
Sound choice
Create your own Track Presets
Transform your playing
Hidden extras
The long and the short
Decisions, decisions
Key Editor tips     87
Colouring in
Velocity values
Getting around
Get the habit
Tonic Sol-Fa
Easy piano
Easy note editing
Do the splits
Sweeping changes
Express yourself
Changing lanes
Hidden controllers
What's the chord
Loop back
All together now
Defining borders
List Editor tips     95
F is for Filter
Behind the mask
Set-up bars
Move on up
The hidden editor
Score Editor tips     99
Page or Edit mode
Destructive behaviour
The special relationship
Quick cleanup
Jazz quavers
Using force
The last resort
No notes
Garbled score
Jumpin' and scrollin'
All together now
Quick clicks
A touch of style
Do the splits
Transposing instruments
Fast entry
Keeping tabs
Drum tracts tips     107
Drum Editor v Key Editor
No drum tracks?
Map reading
Map making
Exporting MIDI drum tracks
Spread the load
Different optimize
The rubber pencil
Diamonds aren't forever
Getting around
Drum solos
Speedy entry
The virtual drummer
Spread the kit
Logical Editor tips     113
Examine the presets
Preset functions and tips on use
Share your knowledge
Bass notes to kick drum
No comment?
Audio tips     119
Stretch fit
Regions
Instant harmonies
It isn't normal
Detect Silence
Creative silence
Reinventing history
Cut and paste
Use the blue box
Zero Crossings
Inserting audio clips into a Project
Crowded Pool
Pool cleaning
Missing files
Reconstruction work
Quantize tips     127
Which Quantize value?
Homegrown grooves, 'A' levels
Grooves to go
Quantizer - the plug-in
Automating the Quantizer
Automatic Quantize
16 Loops and hitpoints 131
Creating Hitpoints
Slicing and dicing
Mind the gap
Seven ways to edit hitpoints
Try these
Looping and grooving
Feeling groovy
Key commands     135
Tools summary     141
Useful contacts     145
Index     147
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