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Cubase has excellent built in plug ins. In this chapter we will explore two of these plug ins to help you create and shape a sound to inspire you as you record your guitar. By doing this we will start to learn the basics of inserting plug ins into your audio tracks. Let's go to the project window and duplicate this track. Let's Delete the old audio, change the color, change the name, get it into record, and monitor, (SOUND). There it ism, now, let's start to insert some plugins.
Let's go over here to the Inserts tab, click on that to open it. Go to the first slot, click on the down arrow, and you'll see a list of all the plugins available. Let's go to Distortion and use Amp Simulator, (SOUND), and there it is. If you're feeling brave, feel free to turn any and all knobs you see to shave your sound. Alternatively, we can also pick a sound preset that comes built-in with these plugin by doing the following. Let's go to the top of the plugin to this window over here and click on it. This brings up all the built in presets from Steinberg for this plugin. Go nuts and explore each one until you find out what you are looking for, and suits your song.
As you click on each one, you can audition them by playing the guitar. (MUSIC), I'm going to use a different plugin though, let's Close this. Let's go back here and Remove this plugin. You can either remove it by inserting a new one or going to No Effect. Discard any changes. Let's go back an insert a VST Amp Rack.
We're going to do this in a different way. We're going to click on here and go to the search bar, start typing VST Amp Rack. As you do this the list starts to narrow down. VST Amp Rack now shows. Lets click on that and recall it, (SOUND), there it is. The same way we've done before. We can click over here to browse the presets. And play our guitar to listen to them (SOUND). I like that one, lets double-click to activate it.
(SOUND) Let's close this so we can see where we are. So I can hear this better, I'm going to mute Guitar 2 by clicking on the Mute button over here (SOUND). Let's go back to Guitar 3 to activate the record. Go back to bar 1, click on Record. (MUSIC).
Note that these sounds are being recorded non-destructively. This means the sound you are recording is being effected after the recording process. If you decide you don't like this particular setting, you can always change it without affecting the original recorded sound. Let's go back and listen to this. (MUSIC), let's turn off our Click, get off the monitor. That sounds okay, but I want to listen to it without the plugin, so let's go over here and turn it off, press Play.
(MUSIC). To turn that back on, simply go over here and turn it on. Or go to next to Inserts and press here. You are now able to take advantage of the built-in guitar effects offered by Cubase, to get you inspired while recording in a non-destructive way. You've also learned how to look for plugins, insert them to your audio track, browse the different presets, as well as bypass the effects.
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