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MIDI EDITING IN CUBASE

 

Steve's first book, published in 2007, was MIDI Editing in Cubase. This 196 page book was written specifically for Cubase 4, however it also works well with Cubase 5 & 6. MIDI Editing in Cubase is a book for MIDI beginners and walks the reader through the process of editing MIDI step-by-step from all the way from a beginner level to an intermediate level. The greatest thing about this book is that it comes with Cubase project files (also created by Steve) that guide the reader through the editing process with a hands on experience. These Cubase Project files (.cpr) were available on a CD-ROM that came with the book, but the book is now only available in digital formats. Because getting these files is a little difficult now, they are available for download (FREE!) right here (to the right of this text). Some stores still carry the paperback book, but the versions for Kindle or Nook are now easier to find. You can also read this entire book online from sites such as Safari Books Online. Note: Although you can download the Cubase Project files from this page, the files will not be much use to you without the written materials found in the published book. If you prefer to get the original CD-ROM for your book (as opposed to downloading these files), you can do so by sending an email to the publisher at ptrsupplements@cengage.com. Include the title of the book, the ISBN, your name, address, and phone number. The files should work on both Windows and Mac versions of Cubase 4 and higher.

FAQ- Why aren't there MIDI files that I can download for use with the book? And what about Cubase Elements or earlier versions of Cubase?

Answer- TRUE: You can import MIDI files in any version of Cubase. However, MIDI files are simply raw MIDI data and they are difficult to work with for beginners. The .cpr format not only allows a reader to work with MIDI, but it loads Cubase's virtual instruments and remembers the editor window settings, and MIDI effects settings. The .cpr files only work with the full version of Cubase 4 and higher because they require that you have the standard VST instruments which only come with that version of Cubase and higher. There are currently 3 versions of Cubase: The full version, the Artist version, and the Elements verson. Because the Elements version has no MIDI effects, the project files from MIDI Editing in Cubase will not be fully compatible with that version. The project files should work in both the Artist and Full versions. Also, the original .cpr files were written for use with the virtual instrument HALion One which is included with both versions of Cubase. The latest Cubase 6 versions utilize HALion Sonic SE as opposed to HALion One by default. Even though HALion One sounds will load within HALion Sonic SE and HALion One still comes with Cubase 6, this new feature could create problems with the included files for MIDI Editing in Cubase. If a compatability issue arises, please visit www.steinberg.net for a workaround. It's possible that you might have to manually re-install HALion One.

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS
To download the Project files for MIDI Editing in Cubase, select the icon to the right of the file you wish to download or double click the file name. If you would like to download all of the files, you can select the icon next to the folder ("MIDI Editing in..."). After selecting the icon, your web browser will open a new window from 4shared.com. There's a LOT of "filler" on this page. Simply select "Download Now". There will be a 20 second timer forcing you to stay on the page before you can download the file. Once the timer has reached 20 seconds, select "Download file now" and then your computer will most likely prompt you to Open or Save the file. Select "Save". If there are save options (usually indicated by a down arrow), then select "save as" and choose a location on your computer where you'll be able to locate the file (choosing your desktop is an easy option). Most of these files are very small in size so the download time should be very fast. Unfortunately, the files can only be downloaded one at a time from 4shared.com. Unlike a lot of sites out there, this site is completely legit. Once the files have been downloaded, follow the instructions from within the book MIDI Editing in Cubase to continue.
YOUR CUBASE STUDIO
Steve's 2nd book, Your Cubase Studio was published in 2008. Your Cubase Studio is also a book written for beginners but covers the much broader field of owning and operating a project Cubase home studio. Your Cubase Studio was written to cover the basics of all available versions of Cubase and even though it was written with Cubase 4 at the time, it can also be used as a companion to the Cubase manual and along with Cubase versions 5 and 6. The 323 page book breaks down the recording process in real world scenarios, such as recording vocals, recording guitar, or recording an entire band. It discusses equipment and setting up a studio from scratch and covers basic audio and MIDI editing as well as mixing. A lot of people ask Steve, "Is that your arm on the cover?". The answer is No. It's not Steve's Cubase studio either. Like all books that Steve has written, it's part of a series from publisher Course Technology PTR. There's also a "Your Pro Tools Studio", "Your Ableton Live Studio", etc. Steve was delighted to have Greg Ondo (the field marketing manager of Steinberg North America) as a technical editor on this particular book. Greg is Steinberg's main technical guru in the states and he tours from city to city demonstrating all of the latest and greatest things about Cubase and has been working for Steinberg since 1992. Like MIDI Editing in CubaseYour Cubase Studio has been discontinued from paperback and is now only being sold in digital formats. It's available for Kindle and Nook and you can also find it at Safari Books Online. There are no project files to accompany this book.
GOING PRO WITH CUBASE

 

Steve's 3rd and 4th books, Going Pro with Cubase 5 (published in 2009/203 pages) and Going Pro with Cubase 6 (published in 2011/ 208 pages), takes a big leap from beginner/entry level to intermediate/advanced level. The books were written specifically for Cubase 5 and Cubase 6 and for readers who are most likely already using a version of Cubase and somewhat familiar with the terminology and layout of the program. Half of Going Pro with Cubase 6 is the same as it was in Going Pro with Cubase 5 with revisions to match the changes in Cubase from version to version. If a reader is still using Cubase 5, Steve recommends readingGoing Pro with Cubase 5 as opposed to Going Pro with Cubase 6 because it covers only the features that are available in Cubase 5 and also contains some other information that is not available in Going Pro with Cubase 6.

Going Pro with Cubase 6 is the best choice for those readers with the latest Cubase version and it's currently the only Cubase 6 book available for advanced Cubase users. As with all of his books, Steve understands that technical terminology is something that most people don't want to dive right into when using a DAW such as Cubase no matter how much prior experience a reader might have with Cubase. He tries to simplify the terminology by reducing the amount of technical jargon and eliminating the redundancy found in many books. A reader shouldn't have to be a rocket scientist or a computer programmer in order to go pro with Cubase and record and mix audio.

Both Going Pro with Cubase 5 and Going Pro with Cubase 6 do not require any project files, however Going Pro with Cubase 6 utilizes some files that come on the Cubase 6 installation disc for a more "hands-on demonstration" approach to learning. For a sneak-peak at Going Pro with Cubase 6, watch the tutorial videos posted below.

 

VIDEOS & CUBASE BLOG

 

 

 

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MIDI editing might seem one of the most complicated tasks of any DAW, but it's one of the most important. It's also a function that Cubase is particularly well suited to handling. Intended for those who use Cubase but want to better understand its immense MIDI editing capabilities, as well as those new to Cubase and MIDI in general, this Skill Pack will show you how to edit MIDI in every possible way using Cubase. It covers MIDI notes and events, using MIDI effects, creating a MIDI score, quantizing MIDI, and how to export your MIDI as digital audio and as a MIDI file. The Skill Pack series provides a unique book/CD-ROM learning experience that helps readers focus on a specific skill they want to learn. Unlike other books with companion discs, the source files on your Skill Pack CD-ROM are an essential part of the book's tutorials. You'll learn by applying the skills you've been taught through hands-on exercises that will take you from the novice stage to a true expert. By the conclusion of the book, you'll have a comprehensive understanding of the design and philosophy behind MIDI editing in Cubase, you'll be able to work more efficiently, and you'll know how to avoid the most common mistakes.
 
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.
 
Going Pro with Cubase 5 provides a useful guidebook for those who are ready to jump to the next step with Cubase and would like some expert-level tips, tricks, and advice to help them truly master the program. Do you already know how to record MIDI and audio in Cubase? Do you already know Cubase's basic tools and terminology? Do you think and work in musical terms, such as bars and beats? Great, than you're ready to "go pro" with Cubase! The overall goal is to get you working quickly and utilizing the newest and best features in Cubase 5 at a professional level without wasting your time. Certain components are summarized in ways that the manual doesn't so that you can get a quick overview without getting lost in details. You'll learn how to get the most out of Cubase 5 when using Steinberg's innovative CC121 controller and MR816 CSX audio interface. You'll also get an inside look at WaveLab and HALion 3 and why you might want to consider adding them to your setup if you haven't already. You'll discover pro mixing techniques that can be acheived without even touching a fader. And you'll get step-by-step instructions on how to interface your Cubase projects with Pro Tools, Nuendo, and other DAWs available on the market. You'll also discover many more expert-level recording techniques in this succinct, to-the-point guide that will have your friends and colleagues asking "how'd you do that!?" So what are you waiting for? Increased mastery is only a few clicks away.
 
GOING PRO WITH CUBASE 6 provides an expert-level guidebook that addresses the needs of the professional Cubase user. The book picks up where the manual leaves off, guiding you through advanced editing, recording, and production techniques specific to Cubase, with many expert tips and tricks along the way. Covering the latest version of Cubase, the easy-to- follow, yet professional-level tutorials allow you to get the most out of your software and take the next step towards mastery.
 

Steinberg's Cubase 6 is one DAW software that truly does it all, from integrating with your recording and mixing hardware, to music creation and notation, to production and musical innovation in any style or genre—with workflow and editing capabilities based on the needs and requests of music professionals. In short, Cubase 6 is your go-to software for recording, editing, mixing and producing music in all its creative forms.

Cubase 6 now features advanced multitrack editing tools, a new take-comping system and a revolutionary approach to MIDI form the center of a next-generation production environment, while the refined new interface gives faster access and more intuitive control than ever before. Inspiring VST3 effects and instruments like VST Amp Rack and LoopMash 2 fuel your creative imagination. Cubase 6 redefines music production software to offer a new composition and production experience that takes you to new horizons—and beyond.

 
Based on the same core technologies as Steinberg's Cubase 6 advanced music production system, the streamlined Cubase Artist 6 offers a vast range of proven editing and sequencing tools. Its high-quality performance, outstanding audio, and MIDI effects and instruments, Windows and Mac 64-bit support, and many other refinements make Cubase Artist 6 unmatched in its price range. The new VST Amp Rack plug-in includes an array of mind-blowing amp emulations while HALion Sonic SE and LoopMash 2 make easy way for song writing and meddling with loops. Whether you're composing songs at home, recording your band in the rehearsal room, or remixing the latest hip-hop and dance tracks on a laptop while on the move, Cubase Artist 6 is the perfect choice for talented newcomers and seasoned musicians aspired to use the very best in production tools.
 
WaveLab 7's lineage stretches back to the very first mastering applications available way back in 1995. Over the years, WaveLab has seen several milestones in software mastering but, at the same time, has always retained its focus on its sole purpose: to provide exceptional workflow and tools for mastering, editing, and restoration. From professional mastering engineers working on high-quality CD and DVD productions to music aficionados who are looking to restore favorite records or even create podcasts on-the-fly, WaveLab 7 provides a plethora of tools which will most certainly meet all requirements and surpass expectations while seamlessly integrating into existing studio setups.
 
WaveLab Elements 7 is perfect for you if you are looking for a streamlined, yet powerful audio tool for your home studio. It’s based on WaveLab 7, Steinberg's popular mastering, audio editing, and restoration software, and includes state-of-the-art audio technology from its bigger sibling. The intuitive workflow concept, comprehensive podcast functionalities and a rich collection of high-end VST3 plug-ins such as StudioEQ and VST Dynamics turn WaveLab Elements 7 into the cost-effective solution for home producers, musicians, and music enthusiasts. Cross-platform-compatible for the first time, WaveLab Elements 7 leaves it entirely up to you if you prefer to use it on your Mac or PC.
 
With its comprehensive tools for composing, recording, editing, and mixing, Cubase Elements 6 is the most desirable entryway to the world of Cubase. This eminently powerful collection of quality instruments and effects modifies your PC and Mac computer into your personal music production system for crafting compositions to minute detail, making studio-grade recordings for band practices as well as everything in between. And, with the same professional user interface and award-winning audio engine as in Steinberg’s Cubase 6 flagship, the Elements version boasts all the tools of the trade at an irresistible price.
 
HALion 4 is more than a professional VST sampler. The fourth incarnation of HALion combines a state-of-the-art sample engine with an award-winning synth section and future-proof tools and effects. With a cornucopia of inspiring features and an ultra-flexible user interface, HALion 4 is a truly universal workhorse for professional sound designers, producers and musicians alike.