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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.
Since we left the Loops out of the exercise files, I'm going to show you how to rebuild the project file by dragging in the loops. I've created a PDF listing all of the Loops and the respective tracks. Now let's rebuild the final stave of the chorus, since it's the most complex. Let's go up here to the MediaBay and as we learned before, we can start typing in some of the names. For example, 12 Congas, and there they are. Before I click on it, I want to point out two things. You can click on this button to Preview Cycle, which means the Loop will continue until you press stop or until you import it.
The other function to note is over here, Align Beats To Project. This will conform the Loop to the tempo of your project. Let me show you. If this is unselected, and I click to Preview this, (MUSIC), it'll play at its original tempo, of 94. Let's run that up a bit, (MUSIC). If I click on this, it'll align the beats, let's listen now. (MUSIC). Great, I definitely want that. Now before I go on, let me close this and show you something else. The first thing I want to import is the Piano.
So I'm going to select the Piano track. Lets go back up to the MediaBay, and type in the name of our Piano Loop 04 piano 01. And here it is (MUSIC), excellent. Lets do one more thing to narrow this search down to make it a little easier. Lets go up to All Media Types and select Audio Files. Instead of double clicking this file, to import it into our session. I'm going to right click, Insert Into Project, Add Cursor. Let's Close the MediaBay, and there it is.
Now let's move this back to its original place. Option+click and drag to Copy. And now let's go and import some more files, go up to Media > MediaBay. Now, to make this a little bit easier, I'm just going to Import all of our assets into our session, and then put them where they go. So keep on searching for your files over here. (MUSIC), (SOUND), (MUSIC), (SOUND).
I think we got all we need. Now let's Close this, and let's build our session. We can grab all the files from down here, and after we're done, we can Delete these tracks, right there. So let's start to build this. I'm going to use shortcuts, Cmd+X, to cut it, and Paste it easier, up here.
Let's go to bar 2, turn on Snap, and Paste, Cmd+V. Again, I'm going to Cut, and Paste. Let's take a listen to this. (MUSIC). That's pretty good. We've now learned how to rebuild a project, by dragging in the Loops from MediaBay.
Additionally, we learned a couple of tricks in MediaBay to have our Loops conform to our Projects Tempo.
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