Up and Running with Cubase 7
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Recording your guitar


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Up and Running with Cubase 7

with Pieter Schlosser

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Even though Cubase is capable of recording on several tracks simultaneously, we will concentrate on recording audio to a single track, and record some guitar with my friend Scott. Now that we've set up inputs and know how to set out sample and bit rate as well as create audio tracks, we are ready to lay down our ideas into something tangible. When I record audio, sometimes I like to use the audio pool, as you see in the lower left, so I can see where my files are being recorded to. This window is accessible under Project menu > Pool. Because of this, I've decided to resize a few windows, so they are not laying on top of each other.

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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

Recording your guitar

Even though Cubase is capable of recording on several tracks simultaneously, we will concentrate on recording audio to a single track, and record some guitar with my friend Scott. Now that we've set up inputs and know how to set out sample and bit rate as well as create audio tracks, we are ready to lay down our ideas into something tangible. When I record audio, sometimes I like to use the audio pool, as you see in the lower left, so I can see where my files are being recorded to. This window is accessible under Project menu > Pool. Because of this, I've decided to resize a few windows, so they are not laying on top of each other.

Let's get started by creating an audio track. Let's go over here and right-click, and Add Audio Track. Let's do a mono configuration for our guitar. And let's name it. I'm going to name it Guitar 1, as we might record more guitars later on. (SOUND) Add track. I'm going to change the color of this for now by going over here to this arrow. Let's change it to orange. Now let's go over here to the inspector. As you've noticed, the Record Enable button is already on. Now let's turn on the monitoring to see if we can hear him.

(MUSIC). There he is. If you can't hear it, go hear the input, and make sure that the proper input is selected. (SOUND) If you're using a microphone, be mindful of your microphone level. If this is too high, you will cause a feedback loop. It is also highly recommended that you use headphones for this process to avoid this. It is important to set input levels correctly. Loud enough to ensure low noise levels, but not so loud that your sound is distorted. You can start recording from the beginning of the timeline at bar 1, beat 1, or you can click anywhere on the ruler and select a bar where you would like to start recording. I usually like to start recording at bar 3 and give the player two bar count off. Before we do this, let's duplicate this loop.

I'm going to click on it, hit Option, and drag to copy it over to bar 5. Let's make this a little smaller so I can see it better by clicking down here. (SOUND) Let's look on bar one. (SOUND) Now, let's go down to guitar and make sure that record enable is set again. You can either click on the track or go to the inspector over here and click on it. Let's start recording by hitting the Record Button. (MUSIC).

That was pretty good. Let's press Stop to stop the recording. Now we can go back and listen to it. Before we do it lets take this track off of monitoring. Let's go to bar 1 and press the Spacebar.

(MUSIC). Now let's record another guitar track. The easiest way to do this is to duplicate this track, so we duplicate all its settings. Right-click on the track, Duplicate Tracks. Let's rename this to guitar 2, double-clicking on the name, guitar 2.

Let's change the color for a better view. (SOUND). Let's get rid of the old audio, which we see above. Let's Record Enable and press Monitor. (SOUND) Let's go to the top of our timeline by clicking on bar 1. (SOUND) (MUSIC) (SOUND) Cool. So, recording in Cubase is as easy as creating new tracks, hitting Record Enable and Monitor, and pressing Record.

Thanks, Scott.

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