Cubase is a programme for audio editing and sound mixing. It’s also a great tool for midi sequencing and adding effects. While hands-on experience is the best way to learn how to use Cubase, there is some basic knowledge that can help you get started.
1. Download and install Cubase using the Steinberg website.
2. Start the programme and take a look at the first page. The layout is made up of four major components.
Audio tracks are the ones that appear at the top of your track lists. They are stereo or mono channels that contain analogue audio data like sound clips, riffs, and loops. You can use Cubase to add pre-recorded audio tracks or record your own audio tracks using a microphone or an input device.
Midi tracks: In the tracks list, you can find the midi tracks under your audio tracks. Midi tracks differ from audio tracks in that they are created digitally using virtual instruments such as a virtual keyboard or drum machine. If you want to convert audio tracks to midi tracks, some instruments have a midi-out option, or you can use midi software. Although the quality of midi tracks is usually lower than that of audio tracks due to the fact that they have been digitised, midi tracks do allow musicians to edit placements of music notes even after the track has been created.
Locators: The locators to the right and left of your screen are near the top of your screen. They function similarly to a beat counter, allowing you to set the beat for your song (ranging from 4 to 8 bars). After you’ve created your beat between the left and right locators, you can loop it. Set the right locator with your right mouse button, and the left locator with your left mouse button.
The transport bar is where all of the main controls are located. You can use the buttons here to play, pause, or record your audios. You can also use the transport bar to change the speed of your audio.
3. Import files into Cubase by right-clicking an empty audio track and selecting a file to import from the explorer menu. After you’ve imported the audio file, you’ll be able to see the wave data for the imported segment. When you right-click on an audio segment, a tool menu appears that allows you to edit the audio. Various tools in the tools menu allow you to erase, crop, or move audio segments. You can also use the tools to create fade-in and fade-out effects by varying the volume.
4. To create a blank midi segment, double-click between the left and right locators on any midi channel. To open the midi sequencing window, double-click within the midi segment. You can select from a list of midi instruments and position notes that will be played on your computer once the midi sequence is executed. The keyboard design on the left assists you in note placement, but if you select percussion instruments, the sounds of the drum-kit, such as snare, kick, and crash symbol, may vary depending on which percussion instrument you select.
5. Go to “Panels” and then “Mixer” to see the Cubase mixer. Use the mixer to set the volume levels of your audio tracks. You can mix many audio channels at the same time and also adjust other sound mixing levels.
6. To access the effects board, press the buttons above the volume faders on the mixer. You can apply various effects to your audio tracks here. You can also use the equalisers to improve audio editing by adding treble or bass boost.
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