Cubase 4: The Essentials

Cubase 4: The Essentials


Total Run Time: 8 hrs

Matthew Loel. T. Hepworth, a long-time Cubase user and Steinberg product specialist, will demonstrate tips and discuss more advanced topics on working with Cubase 4.

Topics include

  1. Quick Start Operations
  2. Standard Cubase Conventions
  3. Working with MIDI
  4. Recording and Editing MIDI and Instrument Tracks
  5. Editing Audio Tracks
  6. Adding Inserts, FX Channels and EQ
  7. Record Modes
  8. Automation
  9. Advanced Audio Editing

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This Cubase 4 tutorial covers the newly expanded features, the intuitive interface and integration of external audio and MIDI compatible hardware. You will learn the essential information needed to use this software effectively, and this new level of competence will undoubtedly speed up your workflow and boost your creativity. Steinberg Cubase is one of the top workstations available for digital music creation, audio editing, sequencing, and digital audio recording. This training will ensure that you can effectively harness that power.

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Course Outline

Chapter 1: Introduction (1 min)

Chapter 2: QuickStart (27 min)

  1. Part A, Connecting Sound Card, Mic and MIDI Keyboard, New Project, Adding Audio Track and MIDI Track, Using Transport Window
  2. Part B, Recording Audio Track, Recording MIDI Track, Adding Instrument Track, Using Halion One, Browse Preset
Chapter 3: Installation and Setup (7 min)

Chapter 4: Launching Cubase The First Time (8 min)

Chapter 5: Getting Started With Cubase (47 min)

  1. Part A, New Project, What a Project Is, What Project Management is and Why It’s Important
  2. Part B, Navigating Project Window, Project Window Columns, Viewing Inspector, Viewing Event Infoline, Viewing Overview
  3. Part C, Transport Window, Explanation of Segments of Transport Window and Buttons
  4. Part D, Adding Tracks, Differences Between Audio, MIDI and Instrument Tracks, Using Inspector to Change Track Properties
  5. Part E, Project Window Features, Editing Tools, Snapping, Song Follow, Track Coloring, Zooming
Chapter 6: Operations (30 min)

  1. Part A, Set-Up ASIO or Core Audio Soundcard, Set-Up Monitoring Preferences, Auto Save Feature, Project Set-Up Settings
  2. Part B, Configuring Soundcard Inputs-Outputs, Cubase Mixer, How Project Window Relates to Mixer Window
Chapter 7: Standard Cubase Conventions (33 min)

  1. Part A, Keyboard Shortcuts, Using Left-Right Locators, Using Numeric Keypad, Using Key Commands
  2. Part B, Keyboard Shortcuts, The Project Window, Toolbar and Key Commands for Each Tool, Undo-Redo-History
  3. Part C, Importance of Metronome or Click Track, Using Beat Calculator, Using Tempo Track
Chapter 8: Working With MIDI (20 min)

  1. Part A, What is MIDI and How Used Within Cubase, Difference Between MIDI Sounds and VST Instruments, How to Connect External MID
  2. Part B, Multi-timbral MIDI Operation, Describe Ports-Parts and Channels, Multi-Timbral External MIDI Devices and VST Instruments
Chapter 9: Recording and Editing MIDI and Instrument Tracks (22 min)

  1. Part A, Creating Track, Assigning MIDI Destination and Recording, Quantizing MIDI, Cycle or Loop Recording, Cut-Copy-Paste
  2. Part B, Editing MIDI in Project Window, Key Editor, List Editorr and Score Editor
Chapter 10: Things to Know Before Recording Your Audio (10:30 min)

Chapter 11: Recording Your First Audio Track With a Microphone (12 min)

Chapter 12: Editing Audio Tracks (12 min)

Chapter 13: Adding Inserts, FX Channels and EQ (18 min)

Chapter 14: Other Track Types and Their Uses (15 min)

Chapter 15: The Mixer Window (21 min)

  1. Part A, The 3 Levels of the Mixer, Showing-Hiding Tracks, Inputs and Extended Mixer Settings
  2. Part B, Setup Group Channels, Input-Output Assignments, Assigning Multiple Tracks to Group Channels, Cut-Copy-Paste for Track Pa
Chapter 16: Using VST Instruments (12 min)

Chapter 17: ReWire (10 min)

Chapter 18: Using Loops (12 min)

Chapter 19: The Pool (24 min)

  1. Part A, Defining Cubase Pool, How Pool Relates to DAW Program, 3 Different Pool Folders, Recovering Older Takes, EmPartying Tras
  2. Part B, Minimizing Audio Files, How Pool Relates to Proper Project Management, How to Consolidate Project
  3. Why Naming Your Tracks is So Important
Chapter 20: Undo and Redo (6 min)

Chapter 21: Record Modes (28 min)

  1. Part A, Linear Recording Mode, 3 Different Record Modes, Differences Between MIDI and Audio Linear Mode Recording
  2. Part B, Cycle Record Modes, 5 Cycle Record Modes, Differences Between MIDI and Audio Cycle Mode Recording, Using Stacked Record
Chapter 22: Automation (12 min)

Chapter 23: Advanced MIDI Editing (28 min)

  1. Part A, Key Editor, Key Editor Tools, Editing Note Data, Velocity Data and Other Controller Data, Step Recording, Edit-In-Place
  2. Part B, Drum Editor, Drum Editor Tools, Editing Drum Note Data and Drum Note Velocity Data
  3. Part C, List Editor, List Editor Tools, Editing Note Data, Velocity Data and Other Controller Data
Chapter 24: Advanced MIDI Operations (16 min)

Chapter 25: Using MIDI Functions (10 min)

Chapter 26: Using Logical Presets (8 min)

Chapter 27: Advanced Audio Editing (9 min)

Chapter 28: Freezing (9 min)

Chapter 29: Mixing to CD, iPod and the Internet (14 min)

Chapter 30: Conclusion (29 sec)

Presenter Info

Matthew HepworthMatthew was born into an “artsy” family. His father was a musician with a Ph.D. in music, and his mother is a dance instructor. So the arts were very influential during his upbringing. Later, Matt developed in interest in computers. In 1984, he hooked a Prophet 5 to his Commodore 64 with Steinberg’s Pro16 software via MIDI. He was hooked. Since then, he’s become and accomplished musician playing a variety of instruments, including Bass Guitar and Theremin. He works as an independent product specialist for Steinberg, Yamaha, and Tascam. He’s also deeply involved in professional video and photography. But his love of music keeps him busy with teaching, mixing and mastering.