Up and Running with Cubase 7
Illustration by John Hersey

Up and Running with Cubase 7

with Pieter Schlosser

Video: Automating your mix

Cubase allows you to automate almost any parameter. The best part is that Cubase makes this incredibly easy and intuitive, without having to fish through complicated menus. With a few mouse clicks, you'll be automating your mix quickly and efficiently. Let's get started. Anywhere you see an R and a W, we can use automation. Let's expand these tracks, so we can see them better, (SOUND). R is for Read automation, W is for Write automation. When you click on the W to activate Write, Read is automatically engaged.

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Watch the Online Video Course Up and Running with Cubase 7
1h 14m Beginner May 14, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Choosing a template from the Project Assistant
  • Importing a drum loop as a starting point
  • Recording guitar
  • Choosing an amp and inserting other effects
  • Adding virtual instruments
  • Adding a compressor
  • Working with presets
  • Exporting the final mix
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Cubase
Author:
Pieter Schlosser

Automating your mix

Cubase allows you to automate almost any parameter. The best part is that Cubase makes this incredibly easy and intuitive, without having to fish through complicated menus. With a few mouse clicks, you'll be automating your mix quickly and efficiently. Let's get started. Anywhere you see an R and a W, we can use automation. Let's expand these tracks, so we can see them better, (SOUND). R is for Read automation, W is for Write automation. When you click on the W to activate Write, Read is automatically engaged.

Read and Write apply to any parameter on this track which is changed during playback, including all inserts and their parameters. Let's start with something simple, like automating a pan on this percussion effect here. Let's solo it, and let's move our locators. (SOUND). Now let's go over here to our inspector. (SOUND).

Now let's play that back. (SOUND). You can see the automation moving right over here. (MUSIC). If you go the mixer, you will see that as well, and there it is, (SOUND), great. If you're unhappy with it, we can also delete the automation. Go down here, to Show/Hide Automation, let's click over on Volume > Standard Panner Left and Right.

Click and Drag to select, and hit Delete on the keyboard. (SOUND). Let's make sure that we go back to the center, over here. (SOUND). You can also bypass automation by click down here. You can also go over here and draw the automation but clicking and dragging. Let's listen to that. (SOUND).

Nice, let's listen in context. (MUSIC), very good. Now, let's go to the mixer and automate something else. Let's go over to our Piano, open the Inserts. Let's open this reverb, double-click on it. Let's activate the automation. Let's solo for now, so we can listen. (MUSIC).

Let's go back to marker one to listen again. (MUSIC), and there it is. Let's go back and see the automation on the Automation Lane. Go to the Piano, go over to the corner to Show/Hide Automation, and click over here on Volume, and here it is.

Here's our automation. Let's go back to the mixer and automate a send for the guitars. Here's our guitars, activate Read and Write, or just Write. Click our inserts, scroll down to Sends. Let's check it out. (MUSIC). Let's listen to that. (MUSIC), of course, I have exaggerated the send for illustrative purposes. Let's Close the mixer.

Let's go down to our All Guitar track, Expand it, click on the down arrow. Send levels and here they are. Remember, you can tweak these settings over here. Or you can Delete them if you're not happy with them. By automatic parameters in our mix, whether it's levels, panning, or reverb sends, we can bring our mix to life and make a significant difference in our song. Cubase makes this process very easy and practical, allowing for an incredibly intuitive and fast workflow.

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