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Using Cubase MIDI CC lanes


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Video: Using Cubase MIDI CC lanes

In this video, we will learn how to enhance our MIDI performance by using what can be described as MIDI automation, like MIDI volume. And the modulation wheel, for example. Furthermore, you can tweak the performance by adjusting MIDI velocity. In other words, how hard or soft a note is played. All of this is easily done in the Key Editor using MIDI Continuous Controller Lanes. Let's open the Key Editor on our bass Track. You can double-click on the region, or you can hit the Return key on your keyboard. There it is, let's resize it to see it better.
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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

Using Cubase MIDI CC lanes

In this video, we will learn how to enhance our MIDI performance by using what can be described as MIDI automation, like MIDI volume. And the modulation wheel, for example. Furthermore, you can tweak the performance by adjusting MIDI velocity. In other words, how hard or soft a note is played. All of this is easily done in the Key Editor using MIDI Continuous Controller Lanes. Let's open the Key Editor on our bass Track. You can double-click on the region, or you can hit the Return key on your keyboard. There it is, let's resize it to see it better.

The first thing I want to do is clean this up a little bit, there's a lot of information I don't need to see. I'm going to go down here at Controller Lane Setup, and go to Show/Hide Controllers. You can hide everything this way, but I do want to look at the velocity. So let's go here again and click on Show Used Controllers, and there it is. Let's tweak our base performance by adjusting the velocity values. First, let's go up here and Solo it, so this is the only thing that we can hear. Let's play, (MUSIC), that last tone was a little bit soft.

Let's go down here and go to our Object Selection tool. If I go down here, this turns automatically into a pencil. Let's click to bring this up. (SOUND), that's pretty good. Let's go over here and do the same, (SOUND), let's take a listen. Instead of hitting the space bar, or going to the transport, I'm going to double click on the timeline. (MUSIC), this sounds good. Now let's add some volume to this.

Let's go back to before bar 5. Now, let's go down here and click on Create Controller Lane. Now, let's change this from velocity to volume, which is CC number 7. We can create a volume in several different ways. We can use the Pencil tool, or you can use a fader on your controller. Let's Undo this. Be mindful of the quantize value when you draw volumes. Let's change this to 16th notes, and try that again. That'll be much smoother. Let's get rid of this, right-click on the mouse, use the Object Selection tool, Click and Drag to select, and hit Delete.

Now let's use our controller to draw some MIDI. Let's go back before bar 5, and press Record. (MUSIC). Let's undo that and unsolo, so we can hear it in context. Let's go to bar 4 so we can have some pre-role. (MUSIC). By using MIDI Controller Lanes and Cubase in the key editor, we can further enhance our MIDI performance.

By adjusting velocities as well as drawing in volumes. If your MIDI controller has Faders, you can use those as well.

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