Join Pieter Schlosser for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding instrument tracks, part of Learning Cubase 7.
In this video, we will learn how to add virtual synths within Cubase. VST instruments are software synths that are played internally via MIDI. You're able to add effects and EQs to these instruments, as we can with audio tracks. Let's take a look. Let's go to our tracks, right-click, Add Track > Add Instrument Track. Let's go to Instrument and click here. Here, you'll see a list of the instruments within Cubase. There's HALion Sonic, which is a sampler instrument that lets you load many types of instruments, from pianos and guitars to orchestral instruments. LoopMash allows you to remix and manipulate any rhythmic audio loops.
Mystic is similar to a traditional analog synthesizer. Padshop creates atmosphered pads and textures based on granular synthesis. Prolog is a classic subtractive sythesizer. Retrolog is a modular synthesizer. Inspector, is a unique synth, that used spectrum filters and oscillators. And up here, Groove Agent ONE, it's a drum sampler. Let's choose Mystic, Add track. Once you create the track, you are ready to play the instrument. Let's see what this sounds like. (SOUND).
Let's close this so we can see our track. And here it is, I'm going to make this bigger and change the color so we can see it better. Instrument tracks are a combination of instrument, MIDI track, and instrument channel all rolled into one. If we go to the Inspector, we can see that there are many parameters we could change, both MIDI and audio. You can add Insert effects in EQ, right from the Inspector. To open the Control panel for this instrument, again, simply go to the Inspector and click on Edit Instrument button, up here.
Like we've done with other plugins, let's go ahead and browse these sounds. Let's go up here, and click. As we click through these, we can audition them. (SOUND). I want to add a base, let's go to the search results and type in base. (SOUND), I like that. Let's double click. Let's close Mystic. Now we are ready to record a bass. Instrument tracks are a great way to add layers and complexity to your song, and allow us great flexibility and access to many different types of instruments.
- 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