For Cubase users, Steinberg‘s recent evolution brings some surprising new features and features that are truly worth.
Here are six tips for Cubase 9 to use your tools creatively.
1. Choose your view
By default, by double-clicking any clip (MIDI or audio) in Cubase 9, you get the clip in the Editor in the Lower Zone. In previous versions, when you double-clicked a clip, the associated Editor opening in a floating Window. If you like the old method, you can go to Preferences, select Editors, then double-click in opens Editor in a window.
While in Editors Preferences, you can also tell Cubase which should be the preferred default MIDI editor by selecting from a drop-down menu. Open Key Editor is the factory default selection, but you can also choose Open Score Editor, Open List Editor, Open Drum Editor or Open In-Place Editor.
2. Synthesis of the sampler track
The Cubase sampler track allows sample loops to be made, loops can be reproduced in various ways, with user control over loop start and end points. Significantly, these loop points can be fixed to short spans, giving us the ability to loop a single cycle of the frequency of a sample.
Using this technique, we can loop individual cycles of raw synthesis waveforms such as square, saw or triangle waves – or even load waves into hardware or software synthesizers. When dealing with the Sampler Track’s amplifier and envelope, it will transform the Sampler Track into a complete virtual analog synthesizer.
3. Custom Tool Sets
Now Cubase 9 has the built-in transport at the bottom of the GUI, taking the place of the floating transport option. It can also be customized. This customization also extends to the toolbars in the lower zone Editor windows.
4. Keeping score: Sharps ‘n’ flats
Now, the ability to display note values as sharp and flat objects is now included.
5. Zoom Sync
Multiple Cubase windows allow for independent scrolling and zoom during playback. For example, you can keep your zoomed out for a complete overview, while the Editor opened in the Lower Zone might be zoomed in close for a detailed view of audio waveforms or MIDI data.
The behavior of these different views can be synchronized by clicking on the Chain Link button in the upper left of the Editor.
6. Track synthesis of the sampler II
Because we can loop such short periods in the Sampler Control Editor, any sound can be played in a musical form, using the Sampler track. Even the percussion sounds can be turned into tonal instruments, accomplished by bringing the loop points very close together.
You can open Cubase’s Tuner plugin in a Sampler Track Audio Insert and watch it while adjusting the loop points until it is set to the pitch. You may need to adjust the root key or adjust the tone parameters in the Sampling Control Editor to nail it down.
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