Join Mark Struthers for an in-depth discussion in this video Track visibility for convenience, part of Learning Cubase Pro 8.
- As we move into a new section, oddly I'm just going to tell you what we're going to be looking at in the following movie. What we will be looking at is quantization. I'm only bringing that up here because, by contrast, we're going to be looking at something called track visibility, and I'm only telling you about the next movie simply because the way I set it up here will reflect on what we look at in the next one, when we are looking at quantization. Anyway, as you know, this is our project that we've been working on a number of times already.
And because of the screen resolution that we record these movies for you, I haven't got as much space on my screen as I would ordinarily have. As a consequence of that, previously we've placed all of our different tracks into relevant folders: all the guitars in one, the drums in another, the vocals and the piano in their own distinct folders. We've also got a VSD instrument folder that gets generated every time we generate a VSDI, and there is that group tracks folder too. Remember, previously we routed all of our drums out to that particular channel.
Well, if you are working on a project, it's more than likely that you will work on certain types of instrument first, or possibly, should I say, in isolation. You might not want to see any MIDI tracks, for example. You might only want to see audio tracks. Well, there is a way to change the track visibility for our convenience, and that's to come to this button, here. When you select it, you're going to see all the different types of track available to me, and all with the relevant, color-coded radio button to the left. Now, remember a moment ago, I mentioned that group track.
If I don't want to see any group tracks, now I'm not talking about deleting it. I'm simply talking about its visibility. Well, if I do want to remove it from view, click on the Group Track radio button, and we notice it disappear. I'll run down and do all these, all the FX tracks, and the VSD fader tracks, ReWire, and Other. If I've got any of those particular types of track within this project, well, they'll be removed from view as well at this point. Quite possibly, I would want to remove MIDI tracks too. So, as you can see, whatever you deselect in here will mean that particular type of track, from this point on, will be invisible, not deleted, as I say, just invisible.
Clearly we can bring them all back, should we need to. With our example here, we've only got the audio tracks remaining, and if I deselect by clicking away, we now still see our folders, but if I open any up, drums for example, we will only see audio tracks. Any MIDI tracks that are included within this folder are now made invisible. Now, if I want to bring everything back, click on here once more, and then you would reengage whatever you do want to see, MIDI tracks, for example. Notice what happens when I do select it.
Remember a little while ago we did create a MIDI track within this drums folder, so if I select it here, we now see it spring back into life, into view. Now, that's just not this MIDI file. That's any MIDI file, throughout our project. It just so happens we're looking at the drums folder, and, of course, you would reengage any of these to bring those back into view. Or, for alacrity's sake, if you want to see all track types, well, select that top option, All Track Types. Okay, brilliant. They're all now back in view.
Now, slightly by contrast, if you want to hide certain tracks, individual tracks rather than a whole category, we can also do this as well, and that's by coming over here to the left. Next to the Inspector tab is this Visibility tab, and you're going to see a mirror image of all the different folders that we've got within our project. Here, for drums, for example, we see all the different audio tracks and that MIDI track down at the bottom. Now, if I only want that drums MIDI track to be the one within this folder to remain in view, well, by deselecting all the relevant radio buttons there, for all the individual audio tracks, and not the drums MIDI track, as you can see, now removes those from view.
Once more, it doesn't delete them. It just hides them. As a consequence, now, within our drums folder we just see that one MIDI file. Okay, so that's the subtle difference between using this Visibility tab, whereby we get to choose individual tracks to keep visible or, by contrast, to make invisible, whereas a moment ago, what we were doing was also making things invisible, but by category.
- Installing and connecting Cubase
- Organizing assets and tracks
- Recording audio and MIDI
- Inserting effects
- Quantizing and processing tracks
- Integrating virtual instruments
- Developing song ideas with chord pads
- Using the Mix Console