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Mixing and automating with a mouse is not always ideal. It is hard to replace the feeling of moving an actual fader or knob. Many MIDI controllers now come with at least one or several faders, knobs, or something as common as a modulation wheel. We can quickly integrate these into Cubase for automation. Let's take a look. Let's go up to Devices > Device Setup, head here to Remote Devices and Quick Controls. Make sure that under MIDI inputted reads, all MIDI inputs. For now, the output is irrelevant. For our case, I'm going to use the modulation wheel and one fader. The easiest way to do this is click on the first control name, QuickControl 1, click Learn.
And now on your controller move the fader or modulation wheel in my case. You can see down here that media activity is being received by Cubase. There's my Mod Wheel. Let's go to QuickControl 2, click Learn and let's move a fader, and there it is. Now click Apply and OK. Let's use the Mod Wheel to automate the level on these drums. I'm going to solo them, click on Right Automation, head to Quick Controls, turn them on, click over here, now click on Volume.
Now, when I move my Modulation wheel the volume will move, excellent. If I head over to the mixer, you will also see the Fader moving. Now let's use the second fader to automate something in the insert. Let's double-click to Open it. Let's automate the mix parameter. Right-click on here, go down to Add Mix to Quick Control Slot number 2. Let's close this so you can see it, and there it is. I'm going to move my fader so you can see. You can also see it here in the plugin, very good.
I'm going to move my locator to the drums, press Cycle and Play, (SOUND). Now, let's stop. Take it out of right automation, and listen (MUSIC). You can see our Mix moving here, and now our Level moving here (MUSIC).
As you can see, using faders to automate quick controls makes mixing and automating a much more intuitive process.
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