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Get up and running with the cutting-edge DAW Cubase 7 in this quick one-hour class. Author Pieter Schlosser shows how to use Cubase 7 to create your music, starting with the very first steps: setting up audio and VST connections, utilizing templates, and customizing your Cubase workspace. Then learn how to import audio, set your tempo, and create a click track and markers. The next chapter shows you how to record and edit audio tracks, including how to overdub and loop, as well as apply and edit fades and crossfades. Then, Pieter moves into MIDI recording and editing, covering how to choose sounds, edit performances in the Piano Roll view, and use MIDI controller lanes to enhance the performance. He wraps up the course with a chapter on adding effects, creating aux sends, automating your mix, and exporting the final track.
In this video we're going to talk about how to add common effect, like compressors and delay, into our signal chain to enhance our mix. We will get more familiar with the Rack, as well as some of Cubase's effect presets, significantly speeding up our workflow. I've gone ahead and resized the mixer, I want to be able to see my transport and my markers. Let's jump in to marker one, so we can start from there. (MUSIC).
Let's turn off our click. (MUSIC). As we listen to this, let's set some rough levels. Let's go back to marker one. (MUSIC). While we're here, why don't we pan a few things as well. (MUSIC).
Let's go back to marker one. (MUSIC), that's pretty good. Let's go back to our project window and set a few locators, so we can set up a loop, this to about 11.
Now, let's go down here and click on Cycle. Now, let's go to marker one, press Play. (MUSIC), let's lower those drums a little. (MUSIC), that's pretty good. Looks like our mix is a little bit hot, and it's clipping, let's remedy that. Let's make this a little smaller, go into the Strip by clicking on it, and let's scroll down to Limiter.
Let's use a Brickwall Limiter. This should prevent it from clipping. Let's Close this by clicking on here. Go to marker one, and listen. (MUSIC), that's pretty good. Now let's add a compressor to the base. Let's go over here to the Inserts. Go to the first slot, Dynamics > Vintage Compressor.
Go to marker one and press Play. (MUSIC), that's much better. Let's Close this. Let's solo the base for a second and listen. (SOUND). I want to add some EQ.
Let's go up here. We're free to click around, to add a little bit more deep end. That's pretty good, let's lower that, let's take it out of solo so we can listen in context. (MUSIC). Let's listen to this again, but now we're going to bypass the insert on the base. (MUSIC), that's much better.
Let's copy this compressor over to the piano. I can do this easily by holding down Option and dragging it over the piano. Let's listen now. (MUSIC). Double click to Edit it. (MUSIC). I don't think I like this, I think I'm going to Remove it.
Let's go over here and let's click on this down arrow. Click on No Effect, Discard. (MUSIC). That's much better. Let's go to our guitar and add some Delay. (MUSIC). Let's turn down the Feedback, turn this off.
I'm going to copy this same Compressor over to the guitar, holding down Option and dragging it over. (MUSIC). We can also change the order by dragging these down. We are not able to insert effects straight into our tracks as we shape our mix, whether it's delay or compression or other effects. We're also able to turn them on and off for comparison. Furthermore, we can change the order. Feel free to explore all the options you have available in the mix console.
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