Up and Running with Cubase 7
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Understanding the timeline and adding markers


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Video: Understanding the timeline and adding markers

The timeline, along with the help of markers, makes it easy to know where you are in your project. You'll be able to note sections of your song like, intro, verse, chorus, or other important markers. If you're working with a Video track, you can use them to denote special events in the timeline, as well. This will come in handy later, when we start building our song. Let's get started. The ruler or timeline is at the top of the event display in your project window, right here. It can show different types of formats, like bars and beats, seconds, time code, etcetera. In addition to the main ruler, you can add multiple ruler tracks.
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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

Understanding the timeline and adding markers

The timeline, along with the help of markers, makes it easy to know where you are in your project. You'll be able to note sections of your song like, intro, verse, chorus, or other important markers. If you're working with a Video track, you can use them to denote special events in the timeline, as well. This will come in handy later, when we start building our song. Let's get started. The ruler or timeline is at the top of the event display in your project window, right here. It can show different types of formats, like bars and beats, seconds, time code, etcetera. In addition to the main ruler, you can add multiple ruler tracks.

For example, if you want to see bars and beats, as well as seconds, I'll get to that later. For now, let's add a marker track, before we do, however, let's use a nice featuring Cubase, called divide track list, it's right over here. Let's click on this diagonal line. It's important to know that scrolling will be independent on both sets of these windows, down here and up here. This will allow you to keep a number of tracks that are always visible regardless of the track count in your session below. On the upper section of the track list, you can now add tracks that you always want to be able to see. Let's create a marker track up here.

Right click Add Marker Track. Let's make this a little bit bigger by dragging down here. Now let's create a marker. Let's click over on bar three and click Add Marker, and there it is. I want to mention one thing we didn't see before. Let's go over here to the corner and click on Set up Window Layout. Make sure that Info Line is selected. The Info Line is up here. There's another way to add markers. Let's open the Markers window. Let's go to Project > Markers. You can also add a marker from here.

Let's go to bar 5. Let's open the markers again, Project > Markers. If you want this window to stay on top, let's go over to the window. Right click, and click Always on top. This way, no matter where you click, it stays here. Now on bar 5, let's go to Functions > Insert Marker. Let's name these. Let's go under Description, let's name this Verse, hit Return on the keyboard. Another way to name it is to click on it, going up here, and name it. You can recall or navigate to your markers by going down to the Transport bar, and clicking on the Markers, your playhead will jump to each one you click on.

Using your timeline, and adding markers, will make navigating your project very easy, make sure you name them, it's really important.

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