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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.
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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