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Cubase® 6 Power!: The Comprehensive Guide

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Take your Cubase 6 project from idea to finished product using tips and guidance in CUBASE 6 POWER! Packed with useful tips and detailed explanations, this book is your guide to taking advantage of all that Cubase 6 has to offer to make a powerful difference in your music output. Whether you're a recording professional, hobbyist--or even a beginner to the field--authors Michael Miller and Robert Guerin offer the clear and concise information you need to successfully navigate each step of the recording, editing, and mixing process with Cubase.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  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. Introducing Cubase
      1. What Is Cubase?
      2. A Brief History of Cubase
      3. Understanding the Cubase Toolset
      4. What’s New in Cubase 6
      5. Understanding the Different Versions of Cubase 6
    2. 2. Understanding Cubase Recording Technology
      1. A Brief Overview of Digital Audio
        1. What Is Analog Sound?
        2. What Is Digital Audio?
        3. How Sampling Works
        4. About 32-Bit and Floating-Point Recording
      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. Understanding Audio Connections
        1. Input Busses
        2. Output Busses
        3. Audio Track
        4. Audio Channels
      4. Understanding MIDI Connections
        1. MIDI Ports
        2. MIDI Channel
        3. MIDI Track
      5. Understanding the Cubase Environment
      6. Understanding Cubase Audio Terminology
        1. Audio Clips and Audio Events
        2. Audio Regions
        3. Audio Slices
        4. Audio Parts
      7. Understanding Nondestructive Editing
    3. 3. Setting Up Peripherals
      1. Connecting an Audio Interface
        1. Audio Interface Devices
        2. MIDI 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 Up a Remote Device
        3. Setting Up Audio Ports
      5. Running Other Applications Simultaneously
        1. Background Processes
        2. Other Audio Applications
      6. Getting It All Working
    4. 4. Monitoring and Connecting 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
        1. Saving Connections in a Template
        2. Saving Connection Presets
    5. 5. Creating a New Project
      1. Understanding Cubase Projects
        1. Creating a Project
        2. Configuring Project Settings
      2. Creating Audio Tracks
      3. Creating an Audio Track with a Preset Configuration
        1. Setting Up an Audio Track
      4. Creating an Instrument Track
      5. Creating a MIDI Track
      6. Setting Up a MIDI or Instrument Track
  6. II. Recording
    1. 6. Using the Control Room Mixer
      1. Understanding the Control Room
      2. Monitoring with the Control Room
        1. External Inputs
        2. Monitoring Options
        3. Listen Mode
        4. Talkback Options
        5. Dim and Reference Levels
        6. CRM Extended View
        7. Studio Sends
    2. 7. Managing Your Media
      1. Using the MediaBay
        1. Define Locations
        2. Locations
        3. Filters
        4. Results
        5. Previewer
      2. VST Instrument Presets
        1. Applying Instrument Presets
        2. Using Other VST Presets
        3. Saving Your Own Presets
      3. Importing Audio Content
        1. Importing Audio Files
        2. Importing Audio CD Tracks
        3. Importing MIDI Files
        4. Importing Audio from Video Files
        5. Importing Video Files
    3. 8. Recording Audio
      1. Recording an Audio Track
      2. Click Track, Tempo, and Time Signature
        1. Click Settings
        2. Tempo and Time Signature
    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
        1. Recording in Cycle Mode
        2. Working with Lanes
        3. Assembling a Master Take
    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. Adding MIDI Devices with 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. Recording Multiple Takes
        1. Recording MIDI in Cycle Mode
        2. Working with MIDI Lanes
        3. Assembling a Master MIDI Take
      6. Virtual MIDI Keyboard
    7. 12. Using ReWire
      1. ReWire Setup
      2. VSTi and ReWire Channels
      3. Exporting VSTi and ReWire Channels
    8. 13. Using 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. 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. Navigating the Project Window
      1. Project Window Areas
        1. Toolbar
          1. Activate Project
          2. Set Up Window Layout
          3. Constrain Delay Compensation
          4. Global Automation Mode
          5. Auto-Scroll
          6. Transport Controls
          7. Tools
          8. Project Root Key
          9. Snap to Zero Crossing
          10. Snap On/Off and Snap Type
          11. Grid Type
          12. Quantize
        2. The Inspector
        3. The Track List
        4. Transport Panel
      2. Track Classes
      3. Adding Tracks
    2. 16. Mastering Project Navigation
      1. Changing Your Focus
        1. Using the Overview Line
        2. Using the Zoom Tools
      2. The Transport Panel
        1. Main Transport
        2. Shuttle, Jog, and Nudge
    3. 17. Navigating 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. Navigating Audio Tracks
      1. Setting Up an Audio Track
        1. Controls and Parameters
        2. Inspector Sections
      2. The Channel Section
        1. Channel Section Controls
        2. Channel Settings Panel
      3. Overlapping Audio Events
  8. IV. Editing
    1. 19. Using the Sample Editor
      1. Sample Editor Areas
        1. Main Areas
        2. Toolbar
        3. Thumbnail and Waveform Displays
      2. Basic Editing Functions
        1. Trimming Start and End Points
        2. Cutting and Pasting
        3. Inserting Silence
        4. Erasing Individual Notes
      3. Musical Mode
      4. Working with Regions
      5. Snap Point
    2. 20. Using Audio Processing Options
      1. Audio Processing Options
        1. Online vs. Offline Processing
        2. Using Audio Processes and Effects
        3. Cubase 6 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
      2. Managing Offline Process History
      3. Changing Tempo and Pitch with AudioWarp
        1. Time-Stretching
        2. Pitch Shifting
    3. 21. Editing Vocals
      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 with the In-Place Editor
      1. Using the In-Place Editor
      2. Zooming
      3. Moving MIDI Events
      4. Muting Events
      5. Splitting and Resizing Note Events
      6. Merging Note Events
      7. Using the Draw Tool
      8. Using the Line Tool
    5. 23. Using the Key Editor and Note Expression
      1. Using the Key Editor
        1. Solo Editor and Acoustic Feedback
        2. Tool Buttons
        3. Auto Select Controllers
        4. Note Expression Data
        5. Part Editing Options
        6. Indicate Transpositions and Insert Velocity
        7. Snap and Quantize
        8. Step Input and MIDI Edit Buttons
      2. Key Editor Display Areas
      3. Using Step Input
      4. Editing Multiple Tracks
      5. Editing Controller Data with Note Expression
        1. Activating Note Expression
        2. Mapping Controllers for Note Expression
        3. Recording Note Expression Data
        4. Editing Note Expression Data
    6. 24. Editing MIDI Drum Tracks
      1. Understanding the Drum Editor
      2. Editing Drum Parts
      3. Working with Drum Maps
        1. Understanding Drum Maps
        2. Remapping Drum Maps
      4. Quantizing MIDI Drum Parts
    7. 25. Understanding 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
    8. 26. Quantizing Events
      1. Understanding and Configuring Quantize Methods
      2. Setting Up a Quantize Grid
      3. Setting Quantize Parameters
      4. Applying MIDI Quantization
      5. Creating MIDI Groove Quantize Presets
      6. Quantizing Audio Events
        1. Understanding Hitpoints
        2. Creating Hitpoints
        3. Other Hitpoint Functions
        4. Applying Quantization
        5. Applying Quantization to Multiple Audio Tracks
    9. 27. Adding MIDI Track Effects
      1. Cubase 6’s MIDI Effects
      2. MIDI Inserts
      3. MIDI Sends
  9. V. Arranging
    1. 28. Arranging in the Project Window
      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
    2. 29. Using the 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
    3. 30. Working with Tempo
      1. Using the Tempo Track Editor
      2. Time Warping
        1. Changing Tempo with Time Warp
        2. Locking Tempo with Warp Tabs
      3. Automatic Tempo Detection
    4. 31. Working with 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. Replacing Drum Hits in an Audio Track
        3. Using Groove Agent ONE
        4. Using Beat Designer
      3. Using LoopMash2
  10. VI. Mixing and Mastering
    1. 32. Using the Mixer
      1. Understanding the Mixer Areas
        1. Common Panel
        2. Channel Strips
        3. Extended Mixer 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
      6. What Makes a Great Mix?
    2. 33. Working with FX Channel Tracks
      1. Understanding the FX Channel Options
      2. Using Audio Track Sends
        1. Understanding Send Effects
        2. Managing Audio Track Sends
      3. Managing FX Channels Through VST Connections
    3. 34. Adding 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
    4. 35. Working with Group Channel Tracks
      1. Anatomy of a Group Track
      2. Using Group Channels
    5. 36. Writing and Reading Automation
      1. Using the Read and Write Buttons
      2. Writing Channel Track Automation
      3. Writing Parameter Automation
      4. About Automation Modes
      5. Managing Automation with the Automation Panel
      6. Drawing Automation
        1. Adding Additional Automation Events
        2. Drawing Shapes
      7. Hiding and Removing Automation Subtracks
      8. Editing Automation
        1. Using Write Automation
        2. Using Automation Subtracks
    6. 37. Mixing for Surround Sound
      1. Multichannel Configurations
      2. Creating a Surround Bus
      3. Surround Routing Options
      4. SurroundPanner V5
      5. Routing Effects in Surround Outputs
      6. Exporting a Surround Mix
    7. 38. Mastering and Exporting the Final Mix
      1. Audio Exporting Options
      2. Choosing an Audio Format
      3. Adding Metadata
      4. About Mastering
      5. About Dithering
      6. Backing Up Your Work
      7. OMF Export Options
  11. VII. Managing
    1. 39. Customizing Your Project
      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. 40. Optimizing Your Project
      1. Disabling Audio Tracks
      2. Processing VST Plug-Ins Offline
      3. Using the Freeze Function
        1. Freezing an Audio Channel
        2. Freezing Edits
        3. Freezing VSTi
      4. Using Folder Tracks