Cubase 6 Tips and Tricks

Cubase 6 Tips and Tricks

by Keith Gemmell


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Cubase 6 Tips and Tricks by Keith Gemmell

  • Recording, editing, mixing and mastering
  • Time saving shortcuts
  • Cubase 6's hidden secrets
  • Become a power user
  • Improve your workflow
  • Cubase 6 is undoubtedly one of the most powerful MIDI and audio production environments around, but are you realizing its full potential? This highly readable book is crammed with practical insider tips and tricks on 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 and mixing - all within the realms of Cubase 6.

    Cubase 6 contains many new features and this book includes the new drum editing and replacement tools, advanced tempo detection, audio quantization, track comping, VST Expression 2, guitar amp modeling and the brand new VST workstation, HALion Sonic SE.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781906005191
    Publisher: PC Publishing
    Publication date: 12/28/2011
    Pages: 192
    Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)

    About the Author

    Keith Gemmell is a UK music technology writer who contributes monthly to Music Tech Magazine. He also publishes educational sheet music and audio products from his busy Internet site.

    Keith began his musical career at the age of seventeen playing saxophone, composing and recording for such labels as Virgin, Electra and Elton John's Rocket Records. This valuable experience enabled him to work alongside top record producers such as Gus Dudgeon. Since then he s been involved in just about every style of music imaginable both as a player and writer ranging from jazz orchestras to reggae outfits. You can find out more about him at

    Table of Contents

    1 Setup tips 1

    Studio ready computer. Speed matters. Which driver? Setting a buffer size. VST Audio System, Advanced Options. 32 bit or 64 bit? VST Bridge.

    2 Working methods 7

    Manual work. Preferences. Preferences - Appearance. Startup behaviour. Templates. Toolsets and shortcuts. Project Setup. MIDI Device Manager. Renaming MIDI ports. MIDI Thru. Quick controls. Steinberg CC121. Workspace layouts. Window box. The Project Browser. Key Commands. Switching preferences with Key Commands. Key Command macros. Plug-in Information window. Backing up. Backing up. Archive back up. Opening files. Importing audio. Cleaning up. Slide control. Edit History window. The Library. VST Sound. Media Bay. Media management - which view?. Track Presets. Track exchange. Channel Batch Export. Data dump. Notepads. First choice Editor. Editing Tools. Move To Front.

    3 Project window 29

    Multiple projects. Toolbar shortcuts. Snap points. Info line. Project Overview. Grid display. Ruler display. Ruler Tracks. Arranger Track. Zooming. Track Controls Setting. Extending track lists. Locking tracks. Folder Tracks. Automatic fades. Shuffle events. Drag delay. Select events under Cursor. Shared copies. Drag and repeat events. Use drag and drop. Range selections. Inserting silence. Transport menu. Transport panel configuration. The Jog Wheel. Markers. Cycle Markers. Reverse locators. Colouring parts. Importing MIDI files. Exporting MIDI files. Project activation. Renaming parts. Renaming events. Track List division. Group events.

    4 Mixer tips 45

    Track count. Mixer 2 and 3. VST Channel window. Inspector Channel strip. Channel Select menu. Mixer Setting files. Linked Mixer Channels. Copy and Paste settings. Channel View Sets. Initialize Channel. Automation data. Group Tracks. GM/GS/XG control. Instrument tracks. VST Instrument setup. Group Channel routing. Moving inserted plug-ins. REVerence.

    5 Audio recording 57

    Events, clips and files. Inputs and outputs. Surround sound bus naming. Sample rates. Bit resolution. File types. Input/Output channels. Clipping and distortion. Maximizer plug-in. Warming up audio signals. 32-bit float record format. Input levels. Record Enable (manual v automatic). Multitrack recording. Recording vocals. Recording electric guitars. Recording acoustic guitars. Recording brass. Recording strings. Recording acoustic bass. Recording grand piano. Recording upright piano. Monitor inputs. Lane recording, Comping. Deleted takes. Punch In/Out. Waveform display. Remaining Record Time Display. Lock Record.

    6 MIDI recording 71

    MIDI track setup. Chase Events Filter. Cycle recording. Delete doubled notes. Stacked recording in cycle mode. Catch range. Retrospective recording. HALionSonic. Realistic performance. Delete overlaps. Note length adjustment. Pitch bend and modulation. Applying legato. Delete unwanted ghost notes. Restricting polyphony. Adjusting note velocities. Smoother playing. Human touch. Plug-in trick. Step sequencing. Creating a sequence with Step Designer. Transposing parts. Hidden data. VST Expressions.

    7 Time and tempo 87

    Creating tempo changes. Time signature changes. Tempo changes. Alternative Metronome click. Metronome setup for 6/8 time. Musical v Linear time base. Cross-fading music at different tempi. Beat calculation. Tap Tempo. Tempo mapping (tap along method). Tempo mapping with the Time Warp tool. Importing and exporting tempo maps. Tempo slider. Time-stretching.

    8 Inspector tips 97

    Audio track. Instrument track. MIDI track. Show/Hide Inspector. Alternative mixer. Inspecting Marker and Folder Tracks. Auditioning sounds. Track Preset box. Input Transform. Extra track parameters, including Scale Transpose. Length Compression. MIDI Modifiers v MIDI menu.

    9 Key Editor 107

    Coloured Parts. Velocity values. Selecting notes. Tonic Sol-Fa note display. Step Input. MIDI Input. Splitting notes. Controller Lane uses. MIDI data scaling. Multiple controller lanes. Controller Menu Setup. Chord recognition. Independent track looping. Multiple Part editing. Part Borders. Note expression. VST expression maps.

    10 List Editor 121

    The Filter Bar. Highlighting specific events. Display format. Set-up bars. Moving data. The System Exclusive Editor.

    11 Score Editor 127

    Page v Edit mode. Pre edit backup. Score settings. Score cleanup. Jazz quavers. Display Quantize tool. Score Event Layers. Selecting staves and notes. Selecting chords. Quick clicks and tips. Staff indent. Staff splitpoints. Transposing instruments. Speedy note entry. Guitar Tablature display. VST Expression Maps.

    12 Drum tracks 137

    Drum Editor v Key Editor. Defining drum tracks. Understanding drum mapping. Creating drum maps. Exporting MIDI drum tracks. Output mapping. Resorting the drum instrument list. Drumstick tool. Cymbal crashes (why you can't alter their note lengths). Selecting beats. Drum Solo Button. Speedy beat entry. Recording realistic-sounding drums. Unravelling a MIDI drum track. Groove Agent ONE. Beat Designer. Beat making with Groove Agent ONE and Beat Designer.

    13 Logical Editor 147

    Filter, functions, actions. Logical Editor factory presets. Store and share Logical Editor presets. Bass notes trigger a kick drum.

    14 Audio editing 153

    Time stretching. Regions. VariAudio. Instant harmonies. Pitch Correct. Normalizing. Inserting silence with Noise Gate. Detecting silence. Offline Process History. Using the Merge Clipboard function. Sample Editor Overview. Zero Crossings. Inserting audio clips into a Project. Pool folders. Pool cleaning. Missing files. Reconstructing deleted files.

    15 Quantizing 165

    Quantize values. Groove Quantize. Advanced Quantize. Quantizer - the plug-in. Automating the Quantizer. Automatic Quantize.

    16 Loops and Hitpoints 171

    Slicing a loop using hitpoints. Seven ways to edit hitpoints. Creating effects with a sliced loop. Quantizing loops. Groove quantize. Multitrack audio quantization. LoopMash.

    17 Automation 179

    Automation panel. REVerence program switching. Automatic gain riding. Merging MIDI Controller automation data. Convert MIDI part data into track automation data.

    Appendix 1 Key commands 187

    Appendix 2 Tool summary 193

    Index 197

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