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Your Cubase® Studio

Book Description

You've recently purchased Cubase. You're ready to set up your home recording studio and finally produce that album you've been talking about. Now what? Your Cubase Studio provides a complete guide to setting up your digital recording studio with Cubase so you can start recording music right away. It starts with a general introduction to Cubase and digital recording, optimizing your computer to get the best sound, purchasing the right equipment that suits your budget, and the basics of acoustics. It then moves on to provide a complete overview of the recording process, whether you're laying down the perfect vocal, guitar, and bass tracks simultaneously or separately, and how to use MIDI most effectively. You then learn to edit and mix your recording in Cubase. By the end of the book, you'll be proficient in using Cubase in a practical recording setting and ready to tackle your next recording project. Key Features: Covers home studio setup and Cubase operation-all in one book! Discusses the fundamentals of setting up and recording in a home studio Takes you way beyond the Cubase manual, teaching you how to use Cubase in a practical recording, results-focused setting Covers all iterations of Cubase 4, but is applicable to any version

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction: Making Cubase Work for You
    1. A Cubase User’s Option Anxiety
      1. Cubase versus Nuendo
      2. Cubase, Cubase Studio, and Cubase SE: The Big Differences
    2. A Multitude of Ways to Record Using Cubase
    3. What This Book Will and Will Not Cover
    4. Using This Book as a Companion to Your Cubase Manual
  5. Setting Up Cubase on Your Computer
    1. Mac or Windows?
    2. Optimizing Your Computer for Music Production
      1. The CPU/Processor
      2. The CPU Fans
      3. The Hard Drive
      4. The Motherboard, Casing, and Power Supply
      5. The Video/Graphics Card and Monitors
      6. The Sound Card (or Audio Interface)
      7. RAM
      8. USB/FireWire
      9. Network Card, Modem, Bluetooth, Thumb Drives, and Dongles
      10. CD/DVD Readers/Writers
    3. Increasing Your Operating System’s Performance
      1. Using Multiple User Accounts
      2. Clean Install
      3. Windows Messenger and Instant Messaging
      4. Visuals and Audio
      5. Virtual Memory
      6. Auto-Start/Startup and System Services
      7. Write Behind Caching
      8. Multiple Hard Drives
      9. Antivirus/Anti-Spyware and Automatic Updates
      10. Deleting Programs and Defragging Your Hard Drive
    4. Setting Up Your Pro Sound Card with Cubase
      1. Understanding Latency
      2. The VST Audio System
      3. Setting the Right Latency
      4. Recording Quality versus System Efficiency
      5. Recording File Formats
  6. Accessorizing Your Cubase Studio
    1. MIDI Keyboards
    2. Other Types of MIDI Controllers
    3. Setting Up Your MIDI Controller with Cubase
      1. MIDI Port Setup
      2. Understanding MIDI Signal Flow
      3. Getting MIDI Signal from Your Controller to a MIDI Track
    4. Headphones and Reference Monitors
      1. Setting Up Your Monitors
    5. Microphones, Preamps, and Outboard Gear
    6. Optional Software and Plug-Ins
  7. Before You Record...
    1. Acoustics 101
      1. Getting Rid of Unwanted Reflections
      2. Isolation from Noisy Neighbors
    2. Getting Rid of Hums and Other Unwanted Noises
    3. Studio Feng Shui and an Efficient Workspace
  8. Recording MIDI
    1. Understanding MIDI
    2. Using a MIDI Keyboard
    3. Using VST Instruments
      1. Loading VST Instruments and Setting Up MIDI Outputs
      2. Setting Up a VST Instrument’s Audio Output
      3. Recording MIDI Using a VST Instrument
      4. Finding Missing VST Instruments and Plug-Ins
    4. Recording MIDI Using External Synths
      1. Making Connections to an External Synth
    5. Recording MIDI Drums
      1. Setting Up and Recording a MIDI Drum Kit with Cubase
      2. Working with the Drum Editor and Drum Maps
      3. Using MIDI Sliders, Buttons, and Knobs with Cubase
  9. Recording Vocals
    1. Preparing to Record Vocals
      1. Microphone Placement 101
      2. Using Microphone Preamps
    2. Capturing a Vocal Recording in Cubase
    3. Using Effects While Recording Vocals
    4. Setting the Vocal Monitor Levels During Recording
    5. Recording Multiple Vocal Takes
    6. Experimenting with Vocals
  10. Recording Guitar and Bass
    1. Recording Acoustic Instruments
      1. Recording an Acoustic Guitar in Cubase from Multiple Sources
      2. Preventing Click Bleed-Through
    2. Recording Electric Guitar and Bass
      1. Using a Microphone on a Guitar/Bass Amp
      2. Interfacing Direct Guitar and Bass
      3. Tips and Tricks for Recording Electric Guitar and Bass
  11. Recording a Whole Band or Multiple Tracks at Once
    1. Understanding an Analog Mixing Console
      1. Connecting the Sound Cards to the Mixing Console
      2. Hooking Up the MIDI Devices for Recording MIDI and Monitoring
      3. Taking Over the Closets, Living Room, and Bedroom
      4. Warning: Mics and Cables Everywhere! Beware of Snakes!
      5. Setting Up a Monitor Mix and Using a Talkback System
      6. Getting the Audio Signals to Cubase (Where They Belong!)
    2. Bypassing a Recording Console and Recording a Band
    3. Bypassing the Sound Card When Recording a Band
    4. Interfacing Your Cubase Studio with Another Pro Studio
      1. Choosing the Right Pro Studio
      2. Preparing for the Studio
      3. Wrapping Up After a Pro Recording Session
  12. Basic Editing
    1. Getting to Know the Toolbar Buttons
      1. The Object Selection Tool
      2. Moving Objects with the OST
      3. Changing Object Lengths Using the OST
      4. The Draw Tool
      5. The Erase Tool
      6. The Mute Tool
      7. The Split Tool
      8. The Glue Tool
    2. Quantizing MIDI
    3. The Snap Function
      1. The Snap Function Button
      2. The Snap Type Display
      3. Snap to Grid
      4. Snap to Grid Relative
      5. Snap to Events
      6. Shuffle Snap
      7. Magnetic Cursor
      8. The Crazy Snap Combos
      9. Prepare to Snap
    4. Copying and Pasting Parts
      1. Crossfading a Bad Audio Edit
    5. Pitch Correction
    6. Time Stretching and Timing Corrections
  13. Mixing It Down
    1. Mixing Audio Levels
      1. Building a Mix in Cubase
      2. Making Volume Adjustments in the Project Window
    2. Exporting MIDI as an Audio Track
    3. Automation
    4. Real-Time Virtual Effects Processors
      1. The EQ Section
      2. Using Real-Time Effects
      3. Automating Real-Time Effects
      4. Saving System Resources When Using Real-Time Effects
    5. Getting Creative with a Mix
    6. Exporting a Final Stereo Mix
  14. Epilogue: After the Mix
    1. Customizing Cubase
    2. Going Beyond Cubase