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In this video, we will quickly change a few global preferences, that will allow us to work quicker and more efficiently. As a default, if you click on a MIDI or audio region. The track where it lives is not selected, this is not ideal. Let's change this. Let's go to Cubase > Preferences > Editing. And select Track Selection and Follows event selection. Click OK. When this option is selected, when you select a part in the project window, its associated track will also be selected along with it. Now when I click on the main drums, the track is also selected. This allows me to play the drums from my MIDI controller right away. (SOUND).
Also, if you want to copy a part another track, by copying and pasting. Either by going to the Edit menu or clicking, holding down Option or Alt, and Dragging down. You want that drag region to get the name of your track you dragged it into. Let's change this, so the part gets the track name. Let's go to Cubase > Preferences > Parts get track names, OK. Let's Undo this and do it again. And there it is. Another tool I like to use are Crosshairs.
A Crosshair cursor is displayed when working in a project window and in the editors, either MIDI or audio. It facilitates navigation and editing, especially for large projects. Again, let's go to Cubase > Preferences. Under Tools, let's make sure that you see Horizontal Line. Let's change the Line Color to red, the Mask Color to red, and Mask Width down to 1, click OK. Now, if I go here and choose the Scissors, I'll be able to see exactly where I am.
Part of learning any new software, is establishing a work flow that works for you. These small preference changes, allow us to work much quicker, and more efficiently.
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