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Editing your MIDI performance


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Up and Running with Cubase 7

with Pieter Schlosser

Video: Editing your MIDI performance

In this video, we will cover the basics of recording MIDI using your MIDI Controller to trigger virtual instruments. We will also learn the various ways of editing your MIDI performance using different tools, as well as enhancing the performance using the Key Editor. Now that we know how to instantiate VIs, or Virtual Instruments, as well as choose our sounds. We are ready to record them using some of the recording techniques we learned when recording audio. As you can see in my session, I've edited some of the audio, and added in some more drum loops. I also found a bass that I like, it's down here. I'm going to move it down to the guitars.

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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

Editing your MIDI performance

In this video, we will cover the basics of recording MIDI using your MIDI Controller to trigger virtual instruments. We will also learn the various ways of editing your MIDI performance using different tools, as well as enhancing the performance using the Key Editor. Now that we know how to instantiate VIs, or Virtual Instruments, as well as choose our sounds. We are ready to record them using some of the recording techniques we learned when recording audio. As you can see in my session, I've edited some of the audio, and added in some more drum loops. I also found a bass that I like, it's down here. I'm going to move it down to the guitars.

Also I'm going to resize these folders, so I can see everything better. Let's go down to our base again. Record, enabling MIDI tracks, work the same way as with audio tracks. And as a global preference, when you select a track, it automatically goes into record. This means you can play your instrument using your controller right away (MUSIC), excellent. When your ready to record remember you can turn the click on and off of the Transport. Let's go to bar 2 and start recording. (MUSIC).

This brings us to our first quick editing tutorial.

You can edit MIDI regions the same way you learned to do it with Audio. You can use the same tools, you can crop, etcetera. This is practical for large scale editing, let me show you. I'm going to shorten this, over here, remember that this is effected by the Snap tool. We are using an 8th note as the Snap value. Now, let's look at this in more detail, by far, the best way to look at our MIDI information is to open the Key Editor. This will show you MIDI data, graphically, in a piano roll-style grid. You can edit it by double-clicking or by hitting the Return key on your keyboard, and there it is.

Notice that the top of the screen has a very familiar set of tools. The first thing we want to do is quantize this MIDI to a grid. Let's go up here and choose 16th notes. We can Quantize this by hitting the letter Q on the keyboard or by going up to Edit > Quantize and there is it. Let's Undo this so you can hear it without any quantization. (MUSIC), I don't think that will work. Let's Quantize this again.

Let's listen now (MUSIC), that sounds much better. Most of the tools will work the same as when editing audio. I'm going down here to change this note. (SOUND), drag it down. Let's listen now, (MUSIC), great. You are now able to record MIDI, as well as apply basic editing techniques such as Quantizing.

By using the Key Editor, we can get a detailed graphical view of our MIDI performance, and edit at a much deeper level.

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