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Cubase 5 Power!: The Comprehensive Guide

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Get ready to dive into Cubase 5! This book provides a thorough look at the most common as well as lesser-known features of this impressive digital audio production software. Beyond describing the features of the program and how they work, Cubase 5 Power! tells why to use certain features and when they are most beneficial to your recording project. You'll gain a better understanding of Cubase while learning how to use all the exciting new tools in version 5, including its new vocal editing and pitch correction effects, LoopMash and Beat Designer features, and virtual MIDI keyboard. Packed with useful tips and detailed explanations, this book is your guide to taking advantage of all that Cubase has to offer and making a powerful difference in your music creation.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Authors
  4. Introduction
    1. Versions Covered
    2. How This Book Is Organized
    3. Keeping the Book’s Content Current
  5. I. Setup
    1. 1. Basic Concepts
      1. What Is Cubase?
        1. A Brief History of Cubase
        2. The Cubase Toolset
        3. Different Versions of Cubase
      2. What Is MIDI?
        1. Data, Not Notes: How MIDI Works
        2. Anatomy of a MIDI Message
        3. MIDI Connectors
          1. MIDI Out
          2. MIDI In
          3. MIDI Thru
      3. A Brief Overview of Digital Audio
        1. What Is Analog Sound?
        2. What Is Digital Audio?
        3. How Sampling Works
      4. About 32-Bit Recording
    2. 2. Cubase Terminology
      1. Audio Connections
        1. Input Busses
        2. Output Busses
        3. Audio Track
        4. Audio Channels
      2. MIDI Connections
        1. MIDI Ports
        2. MIDI Channel
        3. MIDI Track
        4. MIDI Channels in the Mixer
      3. Cubase Environment
      4. About Cubase Audio Terminology
        1. Audio Clips and Audio Events
        2. Audio Regions
        3. Audio Slices
        4. Audio Parts
      5. Nondestructive Editing
      6. Working with Events, Regions, and Parts
      7. The Browser Window
        1. Browser Window Areas
        2. Understanding the Information
      8. Linear and Musical Timebases
    3. 3. Setting Up Peripherals
      1. Connecting an Audio Interface
        1. MIDI Interface Devices
        2. Audio Interface Devices
        3. Control Surfaces
      2. Working with Audio Drivers
        1. ASIO Drivers and Latency
        2. ASIO DirectX Full Duplex Drivers
      3. MIDI Interfaces and Drivers
      4. Setting Up Devices in Cubase
        1. Setting Up MIDI Ports
        2. Setting a Remote Device
        3. Setting Up Audio Ports
      5. Running Other Applications Simultaneously
        1. Background Processes
        2. Other Audio Applications
    4. 4. Monitoring Audio
      1. Monitoring Methods
        1. Monitoring Through Cubase
        2. Monitoring Externally
        3. Direct Monitoring
      2. Setting Up VST Connections
        1. Input Connections
        2. Output Connections
        3. Group/FX Connections
        4. External FX Connections
        5. External Instrument Connections
        6. Studio Connections
      3. Saving Connections
    5. 5. Creating a New Project
      1. Create a New Project
        1. Project Setup
      2. Creating Audio Tracks
      3. Creating an Audio Track with a Preset Configuration
      4. Setting Up an Audio Track
      5. Creating an Instrument Track
      6. Creating a MIDI Track
      7. Setting Up a MIDI or Instrument Track
  6. II. Recording
    1. 6. Control Room Mixer
      1. Understanding the Control Room
      2. Monitoring with the Control Room
        1. External Inputs
        2. Monitoring Options
        3. Listen Enable Bus
        4. Talkback Options
        5. Dim and Reference Levels
        6. CRM Extended View
        7. Studio Sends
    2. 7. Using VST Sound
      1. Accessing Cubase’s Media Browsers
      2. MediaBay
        1. Browser
        2. Viewer
        3. Scope
        4. Tag Editor
        5. Manage Tags
        6. Customizing the MediaBay
      3. VST Instrument Presets
        1. Applying Instrument Presets
        2. Using Other VST Presets
        3. Saving Your Own Presets
      4. Track Presets
    3. 8. Recording Audio
      1. Recording an Audio Track
      2. Understanding the Click Track, Tempo, and Time Signature
        1. Click Settings
        2. Tempo and Time Signature
      3. Recording Audio in Cycle Mode
        1. Create Events
        2. Create Regions
        3. Create Events and Regions
        4. Stacked Cycle Record Modes
      4. Importing Content
        1. Importing Audio Files
        2. Importing Audio CD Tracks
        3. Importing MIDI Files
        4. Importing Audio from Video Files
        5. Importing Video Files
    4. 9. Overdubbing
      1. Adding a New Track
      2. Punch-In/Punch-Out Recording
      3. Pre-Roll/Post-Roll
      4. Punching In New Tracks
      5. Recording Multiple Takes
    5. 10. Using VST and MIDI Instruments
      1. Using VST Instruments
        1. Setting Up an Instrument Track
        2. Setting Up a VSTi
        3. Saving Presets
        4. VSTi and Latency
      2. The Device Manager
        1. Adding a MIDI Device
        2. Managing a MIDI Device
        3. Using Devices in the Inspector
    6. 11. Recording MIDI
      1. Record Modes
        1. Linear Record Mode
        2. Cycle Record Mode
        3. Auto-Quantize
      2. Left and Right Locators
      3. MIDI and Audio Activity Indicators
      4. Recording MIDI
      5. Virtual MIDI Keyboard
    7. 12. Using ReWire
      1. ReWire Setup
      2. VSTi and ReWire Channels
      3. Exporting VSTi and ReWire Channels
    8. 13. Insert Effects
      1. How Plug-In Effects Work
        1. Applying Effects
        2. Inserts versus Sends
      2. Cubase’s Audio Plug-In Effects
      3. Audio Track Inserts
        1. How Track Inserts Work
        2. Insert Effect Controls
        3. Applying Insert Effects
        4. Processing Power
      4. Inserts on Control Room Connections
    9. 14. Understanding and Using the Pool
      1. Understanding the Pool
      2. Understanding the Information
      3. Using the Pool Functions
        1. Dealing with Missing Files
        2. Optimizing the Pool
        3. Archiving and Exporting a Pool
      4. Pool Interaction
      5. Applying Offline Processes in the Pool
  7. III. Navigation
    1. 15. The Project Window
      1. Project Window Areas
        1. Constrain Delay Compensation
        2. View Switches
        3. Automation Modes
        4. Transport
        5. Tools
        6. Project Root Key
        7. Autoscroll
        8. Snap/Quantize
        9. Context Menus in the Project Window
        10. The Inspector
        11. The Track List
        12. The Event Display
      2. Track Classes
      3. Adding Tracks
    2. 16. Project Navigation
      1. Changing Your Focus
        1. Using the Project Overview
        2. Using the Zoom Tools
      2. The Transport Panel
        1. Main Transport
        2. Shuttle, Jog, and Nudge
    3. 17. MIDI Tracks
      1. MIDI Events in Cubase
      2. Setting Up a MIDI Track
        1. Notepad
        2. Quick Controls
      3. MIDI Fader
      4. MIDI Channel Settings
      5. Converting MIDI to Audio Track
    4. 18. Audio Tracks
      1. Setting Up an Audio Track
        1. Controls and Parameters
        2. Inspector Sections
      2. The Channel Section
        1. Channel Controls
        2. Channel Settings Window
      3. Overlapping Audio Events
  8. IV. Editing
    1. 19. Sample Editor
      1. Sample Editor Areas
        1. Main Areas
        2. Toolbar
        3. Thumbnail and Waveform Displays
      2. Basic Editing Functions
        1. Cutting and Pasting
        2. Inserting Silence
        3. Erasing Individual Notes
      3. Musical Mode
      4. Working with Regions
      5. Snap Point
      6. Hitpoints
        1. Creating Hitpoints
        2. Other Hitpoint Functions
    2. 20. Audio Processing Options
      1. Audio Time Stretching
        1. Musical Mode
        2. Warp Audio
        3. Editing Warp Tabs
        4. Creating Warp Tabs from Hitpoints
      2. Audio Processing Options
        1. Online versus Offline Processing
        2. Using Audio Processes and Effects
        3. Cubase 5 Offline Processes
          1. Envelope
          2. Fade In and Fade Out
          3. Gain
          4. Merge Clipboard
          5. Noise Gate
          6. Normalize
          7. Phase Reverse
          8. Pitch Shift
          9. Stereo Flip
          10. Time Stretch
          11. DC Offset, Reverse, and Silence
      3. Offline Process History
    3. 21. Vocal Editing
      1. Recording Vocals
        1. The Recording Space
        2. Vocal Microphones
        3. Microphone Placement
        4. Equalization
      2. Using Popular Plug-Ins
        1. Compressor
        2. DeEsser
        3. Gate
        4. Reverb
        5. Pitch Correct
      3. Editing Vocals with VariAudio
        1. Changing Pitch
        2. Changing Timing
        3. Editing Notes
    4. 22. Editing MIDI Events
      1. In-Place Editor
        1. Moving MIDI Events
        2. Muting Events
        3. Splitting and Resizing Note Events
        4. Merging Note Events
        5. Using the Draw Tool
        6. Using the Line Tool
        7. Zooming
      2. MIDI Controllers
    5. 23. Using the Key Editor
      1. Using the Key Editor
        1. Solo Editor and Acoustic Feedback
        2. Show Info
        3. Tool Buttons
        4. Autoscroll
        5. Auto Select Controllers
        6. Part Editing Options
        7. Indicate Transpositions
        8. Insert Velocity
        9. Snap and Quantize
        10. Step Input of MIDI Events
        11. Mouse Time Value
        12. Independent Track Loop
        13. Color Scheme Selector
        14. Other Toolbar Items
      2. Key Editor Display Areas
      3. Using Step Input
      4. Editing Multiple Tracks
    6. 24. Using the Drum Editor
      1. Understanding the Drum Editor
      2. Editing Drum Parts
      3. Working with Drum Maps
        1. Understanding Drum Maps
        2. Remapping Drum Maps
      4. Quantizing Drum Parts
    7. 25. MIDI Menu Options
      1. Using the MIDI Transpose Command
      2. Merge MIDI in Loop
      3. Using the Dissolve Parts Function
      4. Using the O-Note Conversion Tool
      5. Using MIDI Functions
  9. V. Arranging
    1. 26. Quantizing Your Events
      1. Understanding the Quantize Methods
      2. Setting Up a Quantize Grid
      3. Quantize Parameters
      4. Applying Quantize
      5. Creating Groove Quantize Presets
    2. 27. MIDI Track Effects
      1. Cubase 5’s MIDI Effects
      2. MIDI Inserts
      3. MIDI Sends
    3. 28. Edit Menu Options
      1. Splitting Events
        1. Split at Cursor
        2. Split Loop
        3. Split Range
        4. Range Crop
      2. Inserting Silence
      3. Pasting Functions
      4. Copying Events
        1. Duplicate Command
        2. Repeat Command
        3. Fill Loop Function
      5. Resizing Objects
        1. Normal Sizing
        2. Sizing Moves Contents Mode
        3. Sizing Applies Time Stretch Mode
      6. Shifting Events Inside an Object
      7. Muting Objects
      8. Locking Events
      9. Undoing Steps Using the Edit History
    4. 29. Creating an Arranger Track
      1. Creating an Arranger Project
        1. Creating an Arranger Track
        2. Working with Arranger Controls
      2. Creating Arranger Events
      3. Arranger Track Inspector
      4. Using the Arranger Editor
        1. Populating a Chain
        2. Navigating the Arranger Chain
        3. Changing the Order of Events
      5. Managing Arranger Chains
      6. Flattening a Chain
    5. 30. Tempo Track
      1. Using the Tempo Track Editor
      2. Time Warping
    6. 31. Beats and Loops
      1. Working with Loops
        1. Obtaining Samples and Loops
        2. Matching Tempo
        3. Matching Pitch
        4. Extending Loops
      2. Creating and Manipulating Drum Tracks
        1. Enhancing Drum Loops
        2. Using Groove Agent ONE
        3. Using Beat Designer
      3. Using LoopMash
    7. 32. Working in Sync
      1. About Word Clock, SMPTE, and MIDI Clock
        1. Timecode
          1. Frame Rates
          2. Using the SMPTE Generator Plug-In
        2. MIDI Clock
        3. MIDI Machine Control
        4. Digital Clock
      2. Resolving Differences
        1. Internal and External References
        2. Setting Up Synchronizations
        3. Synchronizing Cubase
  10. VI. Mixing and Mastering
    1. 33. Using the Cubase Mixer
      1. Understanding the Mixer Areas
        1. Common Panel
        2. Channel Strips
        3. Extended Panel
        4. Routing Panel
      2. Working with Mixer Settings
      3. Editing the Input Bus Channels
      4. Editing the Output Bus Channels
      5. Using the “Can Hide” Function
    2. 34. Creating FX Channel Tracks
      1. Understanding the FX Channels Options
      2. Using Audio Track Sends
        1. Understanding Send Effects
        2. Managing Audio Track Sends
      3. Managing FX Channels Through VST Connections
    3. 35. Equalization
      1. Understanding Equalization
        1. Frequency
        2. Gain
        3. Q
      2. Adding EQ
        1. EQ in the Channel Settings Window
        2. EQ in the Track Inspector
        3. EQ in the Extended Mixer
      3. Applying Filter Types
      4. Using EQ Presets
      5. Carving EQ Holes
      6. Reversing the EQ
    4. 36. Using Group Channel Tracks
      1. Anatomy of a Group Track
      2. Using Group Channels
    5. 37. Writing Automation
      1. Using the Read and Write Buttons
      2. Writing Channel Track Automation
      3. Writing Parameter Automation
      4. About Automation Modes
      5. Drawing Automation
        1. Adding Additional Automation Events
        2. Drawing Shapes
      6. Hiding and Removing Automation Subtracks
      7. Editing Automation
        1. Using Write Automation
        2. Using Automation Subtracks
      8. Using a Remote Control Mixer
    6. 38. Using MIDI SysEx Messages
      1. Using SysEx
      2. Recording SysEx
        1. Recording a Bulk Dump
        2. Recording Parameter Automation
      3. Transmitting Bulk Dumps
    7. 39. Surround Mixing
      1. Multichannel Configurations
      2. Creating a Surround Bus
      3. Surround Routing Options
      4. SurroundPanner
      5. Routing Effects in Surround Outputs
      6. Exporting a Surround Mix
    8. 40. Final Mix Export
      1. Audio Exporting Options
      2. Choosing an Audio Format
      3. Broadcast Wave Properties
      4. About Mastering
      5. About Dithering
      6. Backing Up Your Work
      7. OMF Export Options
  11. VII. Managing
    1. 41. Project Customization
      1. Creating and Organizing Workspaces
      2. Creating Templates
      3. Customizing Key Commands
      4. Using Cubase Macros
      5. Customizing Toolbars
      6. Customizing Your Transport Panel
      7. Customizing Track Controls
    2. 42. Project Optimization
      1. Disabling Audio Tracks
      2. Processing VST Plug-Ins Offline
      3. About Freeze
        1. Freezing an Audio Channel
        2. Freezing Edits
        3. Freezing VSTi
      4. Working with Video Files
      5. Using Folder Tracks