Up and Running with Cubase 7
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Choosing a template from the project assistant


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Up and Running with Cubase 7

with Pieter Schlosser

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The quickest to make sure you hear a sound from Cubase is to use one of the templates. These templates with preset instruments and tracks will enable you to quickly hear sound and make sure you have the correct audio drivers for you to start making music. When opening a Cubase the first thing you see is a Steinberg hub. This is divided into two sections. On the left, news and tutorials. On the right, Projects. News and Tutorials over here allows you to directly click on any updates from Steinberg, as well as new releases and tutorials. When you click on any of these, your browser will automatically open and take you directly to that link. I highly recommend browsing this section.

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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

Choosing a template from the project assistant

The quickest to make sure you hear a sound from Cubase is to use one of the templates. These templates with preset instruments and tracks will enable you to quickly hear sound and make sure you have the correct audio drivers for you to start making music. When opening a Cubase the first thing you see is a Steinberg hub. This is divided into two sections. On the left, news and tutorials. On the right, Projects. News and Tutorials over here allows you to directly click on any updates from Steinberg, as well as new releases and tutorials. When you click on any of these, your browser will automatically open and take you directly to that link. I highly recommend browsing this section.

The Projects window will allow you to choose from many prebuilt templates. You'll notice they are divided into categories, such as Recording, Scoring Production, et cetera. This is where we are focusing our attention. Let's go to the Production tab. Now let's click on Dance Production. We are choosing Dance Production for no particular reason other than the fact that it has a program Jambi. Before you click Create, I strongly recommend for you to click on the option at the bottom of this page that reads Prompt for location down here. This will allow you to specify where you want your files to be saved and keep you organized.

This is very important. Click Continue. (SOUND). Let's create a folder. Call it test. Create, then Open. (SOUND). In our case, because of our unique recording setup, you'll see these missing import ports. If you have your interface set up correctly, you will see ports available to pick here. In our case, we're going to ignore these because we're not going to record live audio in this video. Click OK. Now let's maximize this window so we can see everything better. Either hit the Spacebar or go down here and click Play. (SOUND) (MUSIC).

Press the Spacebar again or Stop. (SOUND). Assuming you have correctly set up your drivers, you should now be able to hear it, whether it is on your computer speakers or coming from your interface. We took a look at how to open templates using the Steinberg Hub and got familiarized with them. This is a great way of getting you started using Cubace.

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