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Cubase Chord Track Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    7:46

    In this tutorial, you will be introduced to the Chord Track function and how it is initially set up within a blank project. Youll also see how to link a created Chord Track with a VSTi and how you can create chord placeholders before assigning specific chords.

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    Tutorial 2

    Editing and Modifying Chords

    10:31

    Mark discusses the preference settings, sets up a chord sequence with Chord Track, modifies those initial choices. Also, see how to use the Complexity slider to evaluate more esoteric chord options.

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    Tutorial 3

    Using Chord Assistant

    6:54

    The Chord Assistant is explored further here. Mark also discusses how the option to suggest chords based on the previous chord or the surrounding chords. Mode and Type options are looked at also.

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    Tutorial 4

    Live Transform

    5:26

    The ability to transform chords played live into Cubase and via the Chord Track is explored here. Well also use this function utilizing the Virtual Keyboard found on the Transport Bar.

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    Tutorial 5

    Voicing Choices & Info Line

    7:09

    Different chord voicing choices are auditioned here in terms of whether to use Piano or Guitar voicings. Additionally, we look at how to modify voicings using the Info Bar.

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    Tutorial 6

    Using External MIDI Files

    6:48

    At this stage, we look at integrating external MIDI files generated by Toontracks EZKeys and have Chord Track transpose them, using the follow chord track option to fit the chords stipulated by our Chord Track choices.

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    Tutorial 7

    Using MIDI Loops

    6:44

    As an extension of the last tutorial, here we look at employing Steinberg MIDI loops to enhance and further build the project. We also explore using Chord Track to drive a finger picked acoustic guitar patch in HALion Sonic SE.

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    Tutorial 8

    Create Chords from MIDI

    6:10

    After importing a MIDI file from outside of Cubase, we look at the procedure to get Chord Track to work out what chords are used in the MIDI file. We then look at using this chord information to build up a track around that progression.

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    Tutorial 9

    Using with EZKeys

    6:00

    Mark digs deeper into using Toontracks VSTi to assess how the block structure of Chord Track can be adapted to play chord changes that dont necessarily fall at bar divisions.

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    Tutorial 10

    Using with VariAudio

    9:03

    In this last video, we look at using chords generated by a MIDI file to create multiple VariAudio harmonies that align with these chords.

Cubase has an awesome feature called Chord Track which makes working with chords in your Project Window easy, and allows you to transform and harmonize functions throughout the Cubase application. Steinberg guru Mark Struthers makes understanding and using this powerful feature easy and fast!

Mark begins with a detailed introduction followed by how to edit and modify chords. Next he dives into using the Chord Assistant, showing you the different Modes and Types options. Live Transformers are then shown which enables you to transform chords played live into Cubase and more.

Next, Mark gets into Voicing Choices such as Piano or Guitar, followed by using External MIDI files and how to have them analyzed and transposed by Chord Track. Using MIDI loops with Chord Track is then looked at, and then how to create chords from MIDI. Mark then explains how to get Chord Track to figure out what chords are used in an external MIDI file, and how to build up a track around that new progression, as well as create harmonies.

If you're a Cubase user, you have to know all about this powerful compositional tool. You'll learn a new way to analyze and compose new tracks for your productions and more... Watch "Cubase Chord Track Explained" today.

StarLiner77
Submitted 4 months ago

Cuhase chord track explained

Clear and concise Pleasantly presented and entertaining as well

I am a: Musician

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Wes Morgen
Submitted 10 months ago

Very informative.

This tutorial showed numerous creative ways to use the chord track. I'm excited to use some of these approaches in my current project.

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Softbaked
Submitted 1 year ago

Hard to Follow

The instructors British accent/slang forces you to really listen closely and I had to backup/repeat sections over and over many times because I could not figure out the words he had just spoken. The instructors British accent/slang forces you to really listen closely and I had to backup/repeat sections over and over many times because I could not figure out the words he had just spoken. Warning: This is demonstrated in Cubase 7 and EZKeys Version 1 (some things are done differently in both programs now) He skips too many steps without demonstrating, for example: In the lesson "Voicing Choices & Info Line" he says to "simply create something" and does not show you how, the screen blanks out and transitions onward, the problem is I cannot figure out how to do what he said. HINT to the instructor... never ever assume your viewers know how to create a mufti-process procedure especially if it's an integral part of the project the user is creating with you! Or at the very least provide a link or direction on where/how to learn it. He starts lesson 7 "Using MIDI Loops" with something he per-built so it is impossible to try and recreate what he is teaching on screen. There were several more skipped steps/non-demonstrated scattered throughout the course or "movie" as he likes to call it. Nowhere in the course written explanation did it say "you should know how to do such and such first". I did learn some things but half of the lesson was lost due to poor demonstration. Overall it feels like a unprofessional Youtube video and very dated. Sorry, if I had purchased the download of this course I would have asked for a refund. P.S. Groove3 does need an updated EZKeys course, it's version 2 now, very popular and many new changes/features.

I am a: Professional, Sound Designer, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

Having a father with a recording studio and having played guitar since being a 14 year old kid, I quickly got into recording. But, the purchase of a Tascam 244 Portastudio was a breakthrough in realizing what I wanted to do.

2. What training have you had?

I taught myself to play guitar and keyboards and found it a remarkably calming and mathematical experience learning the rules of intervals within a scale and how they can take you to any chord.

3. When did you get into recording?

The purchase of the cassette based Tascam 244 lasted a fair few years until I moved up to a Roland VS880 which then linked in to building a purpose built commercial multimedia studio around 15 years ago mainly running Steinberg and Adobe software.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Thankfully, nobody famous enough to have an ego. Instead 100's of happy Joe Public clients.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

My degree is in English and Teaching and I was a grammar school teacher for over 10 years before changing direction and working solely from my studio. recording music and filming for clients.

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Cubase Chord Track Explained is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Cuhase chord track explained Clear and concise Pleasantly presented and entertaining as well
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very informative. This tutorial showed numerous creative ways to use the chord track. I'm excited to use some of these approaches in my current project.
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Hard to Follow The instructors British accent/slang forces you to really listen closely and I had to backup/repeat sections over and over many times because I could not figure out the words he had just spoken. The instructors British accent/slang forces you to really listen closely and I had to backup/repeat sections over and over many times because I could not figure out the words he had just spoken. Warning: This is demonstrated in Cubase 7 and EZKeys Version 1 (some things are done differently in both programs now) He skips too many steps without demonstrating, for example: In the lesson "Voicing Choices & Info Line" he says to "simply create something" and does not show you how, the screen blanks out and transitions onward, the problem is I cannot figure out how to do what he said. HINT to the instructor... never ever assume your viewers know how to create a mufti-process procedure especially if it's an integral part of the project the user is creating with you! Or at the very least provide a link or direction on where/how to learn it. He starts lesson 7 "Using MIDI Loops" with something he per-built so it is impossible to try and recreate what he is teaching on screen. There were several more skipped steps/non-demonstrated scattered throughout the course or "movie" as he likes to call it. Nowhere in the course written explanation did it say "you should know how to do such and such first". I did learn some things but half of the lesson was lost due to poor demonstration. Overall it feels like a unprofessional Youtube video and very dated. Sorry, if I had purchased the download of this course I would have asked for a refund. P.S. Groove3 does need an updated EZKeys course, it's version 2 now, very popular and many new changes/features.
Date published: 2016-02-19