Up and Running with Cubase 7
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Creating group tracks and FX channels


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Up and Running with Cubase 7

with Pieter Schlosser

Video: Creating group tracks and FX channels

It is very practical to be able to combine several audio tracks to a single output. This is very handy with several drum tracks for example, where you might have seven or eight, or even more tracks. Allowing us to have a single output for all these tracks and treat the audio as a whole, and apply EQ, effects, levels, etcetera. Similarly, we can also have Effects Channels. As opposed to Inserts, where 100% of the signal passes through the effect. This, lets us send as much or as little of our unprocessed audio to one or more tracks for multiple sources, allowing us to blend the two signals.

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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

Creating group tracks and FX channels

It is very practical to be able to combine several audio tracks to a single output. This is very handy with several drum tracks for example, where you might have seven or eight, or even more tracks. Allowing us to have a single output for all these tracks and treat the audio as a whole, and apply EQ, effects, levels, etcetera. Similarly, we can also have Effects Channels. As opposed to Inserts, where 100% of the signal passes through the effect. This, lets us send as much or as little of our unprocessed audio to one or more tracks for multiple sources, allowing us to blend the two signals.

Let's create a group channel for our guitars. Let's open the mixer, go to Project > Add Track > Group Channel. Let's name this All Guitars, click Add track, and there it is. Let's color this. Now, let's get all our guitars, our three tracks, over to this one output. Head over to Q-Link up here, and select it. Select all your tracks, and now go up here to Racks and Routing, click on Routing.

Go down here > and click on Group > All Guitars. Let's solo this, and listen. (MUSIC). You'll notice that when I solo this, the group track is also soloed. (MUSIC). Now let's add an effects channel. Let's add some reverbs to all the guitars. Go to Projects > Add Track > FX Channel. Go to the effect, and type in reverb.

Let's use Reverence, click Add Track. Reverence pops up, so you can change the settings. Let's Close it for now. Here's the effects channel. Let's solo this, solo all guitars, and press Play. (MUSIC). Let's scroll down here, to our Sends, and Open them. Let's create a Send by clicking on the first slot and head down to FX1 Reverence. Turn it on, and press Play. (MUSIC).

And there it is, very good. Let's clear all the solos. Let's go up here to Deactivate all of them, at the same time. (MUSIC). Excellent. Group tracks and Cubase allow us to create a single destination for multiple audio tracks. This will let us treat the combination of signals as a single unit, and allow us to apply EQ and Inserts as a group.

Using Sends to effects channels, are an excellent way to create a balance between a processed and direct signal. Another advantage is being able to send several audio channels to the same effect.

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