Installation and setting up Audio and MIDI recording and editing Mixing, mastering and EQ VST instruments and plug-in effects Loop manipulation and beat design Music production tips and tools Media management The Fast Guide to Cubase 5 provides the essential information you need to quickly master the program and also explores creative music production and advanced recording techniques. The book covers all the important details of the software including: recording, editing and arranging in the Project window; slicing and looping in the Sample editor; editing MIDI events in the MIDI editors; and mixing and mastering in the Mixer. Other subjects include: VST instruments, plug-in effects, EQ, automation, pitch correction, tempo manipulation, synchronisation, quantizing and beat design. Packed full of hints, tips and tutorials, the book includes a comprehensive website list and glossary. 100 speed tips and a powerful macro library take your music production and programming skills to the next level.
Combining extensive Cubase know-how and theoretical knowledge from the worlds of sound recording and music technology, this book helps take your projects from conception and multi-track recording right through to mixing and mastering. The Fast Guide to Cubase 5 is the ideal companion for all users of the software, including musicians, producers, sound recordists and audio professionals.
Table of Contents
1 Description and overview What is Cubase? When was Cubase developed? Who can use Cubase? Why use Cubase? How do I use Cubase? The big picture. Brief preview. Patience, practice and understanding. 2 Setting up the system General computer requirements. Installation. System verification. Overall system setup. 3 First steps Recording in Cubase. Your first MIDI recording. Your first audio recording. First impressions. Testing the controls. The numeric keypad. Mouse and computer keyboard ergonomics. The menus. Cubase startup options. 4 The Project window Project window basics. The Project window tools. Autoscroll and snap functions. Snap, Grid and Quantize menus. The ruler and the left and right locators. Split, divide, size and track colour functions. Zoom and sizing functions. The Quick menu. The Transport Panel. Track types. Track presets. The Inspector. Using the tools. Saving and opening details. Progress report. 5 MIDI recording MIDI basics. MIDI message types. MIDI channels. What MIDI is not. MIDI network details. Record modes for MIDI recording. MIDI recording in detail. Linear recording. Cycle recording. Combining techniques. Retrospective record. How do I include my MIDI recordings when I use Export/Audio Mixdown? Brief summary of MIDI recording techniques. 6 MIDI editing General features of the MIDI editors. General tips for the MIDI editors. Key editor. Edit In-Place. The List editor. The Drum editor. Smart Moves. More about the MIDI menu. Quantize. Quantize Setup in detail. Advanced quantizing techniques. 7 Audio recording Digital audio. Audio recording techniques. Audio routing in Cubase. Troubleshooting the recording process. Monitoring in Cubase. Record modes for audio recording. Tracks, channels and playback priority. Audio recording strategies. Audio recording in cycle mode. Audio events, audio clips and audio files. 8 Audio editing Audio event editing in the Project window. The Audio Part editor. The Sample editor. Creative audio editing techniques. 9 Audio processing The processing options. What gets affected. Common buttons in the audio processing dialogues. The Processing functions. Combination processing. Offline Process History. 10 The Pool The Pool in detail. Getting to know the Pool and Media menu. Backing up your project. Archiving your Cubase projects. Importing and exporting the Pool. 11 VST Sound and the Media Browsers The Media browsers. Using VST Sound within Cubase. 12 Mixing and EQ Mixing in theory. What is mixing? Ten golden rules for recording and mixing. The Mixer. Input and output buses. Multiple bus and surround configurations. EQ. Mixing decisions. Mixing strategies. Mixer routing. Mixing down. The Control Room Mixer. 13 Audio effects Plug-in formats and standards. Audio effects in theory. Setting up audio effects in Cubase. Common GUI functions for audio effects. Audio effects in practice. Powered plug-ins. Integrating external hardware effects 324 Combination processing. Plug-in information. 14 Mastering What is mastering and what is a master? Mastering decisions. Mastering in Cubase. Mastering processing settings. Dithering. Recommended order of use of plug-ins for mastering. Downsampling issues. Quality control. Burning the CD. 15 MIDI effects The difference between MIDI effects and audio effects. Setting up MIDI effects in Cubase. Common graphical user Interface functions for MIDI effects. The supplied MIDI effects. How do I make the MIDI effects a permanent part of the data? 16 Automation Basic automation. Automation modes. Why use automation? Automation in practice. 17 Surround sound Demystifying surround sound. Common surround sound formats. Setting up the surround features in Cubase. Mixing surround sound. Using the surround panner plug-in 18 VST Instruments What are VST Instruments? Installing VST instruments. Activating VST Instruments. VST instrument automation. System requirements and performance issues. Converting VSTi tracks into regular audio files. Exploring the supplied VST Instruments. Combining Cubase with applications from other developers. Summary. 19 Tempo and time signatures The Tempo and Signature track details. Editing tempo curves and time signatures. Time display format in the ruler. Why use tempo changes? Matching the tempo to a musical performance. 20 Synchronisation Bar-based synchronisation. Time-based synchronisation. Synchronisation in digital systems. The SMPTE Generator plug-in. Setting up synchronisation in Cubase. Practical synchronisation in Cubase. 21 Production tips and power tools 100 speed tips. Macro magic. Workspaces. Project Logical Editor. 22 Recommended reading 23 Useful websites 24 Glossary Appendix 1 Computer hardware Appendix 2 MIDI messages Appendix 3 MIDI Controllers Appendix 4 General MIDI
Simon Millward is a music software specialist. He has a Master of Science degree in Music Technology from the University of York, UK.