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Cubase Pro 8 Explained

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    Tutorial 1



    Welcome to Cubase Pro 8 Explained! In this series you will learn how to operate one of the most powerful DAW's available on the market today. We'll learn to build a project together from scratch while discovering all of the different capabilities that are available.

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    Tutorial 2

    Installation & Authorization


    Learn how to install Cubase Pro 8 on your computer and authorize using the included USB e-licenser and Control Center software.

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    Tutorial 3

    First Launch: Hardware Setup


    We'll launch Cubase for the first time and learn how to set up and configure our audio and MIDI hardware for use with Cubase. We'll also take a brief look at the Steinberg Hub.

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    Tutorial 4

    Software Setup


    Discover the array of different preferences and key commands that are available for use. We'll change a few preferences to enhance our workflow, and learn how to set up and customize key commands.

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    Tutorial 5

    Project Setup & File Management


    Lets explore file management in Cubase. Learn how project files interact with audio files and how to properly keep track of your sessions. We'll discuss how to properly create new projects and create templates. We'll set up our first project in the project setup window.

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    Tutorial 6

    VST Connections


    In this video we'll learn the VST Connections window. Discover how we integrate our audio hardware inputs and outputs with Cubase.

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    Tutorial 7

    Control Room Pt. 1


    Only available to Cubase Pro users, Control Room is a great way to use the built in ports on your hardware interface. You can do things like set up speaker switching, create cue mixes or headphone mixes for other people in the studio, which is exactly what we'll learn how to do in this video.

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    Tutorial 8

    Control Room Pt. 2


    After setting up some busses and sends, we go deeper and check out the Meter and the Control Room Mixer. We also learn how to customize and adjust the Control Room to fully optimize your recording flow.

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    Tutorial 9

    Interface Overview


    Where we'll explore the Cubase user interface and learn how to navigate through several of its core components.

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    Tutorial 10

    Window Management & Workspaces


    Simplify your workflow by taking advantage of the new window management system introduced in Cubase Pro 8. Learn how to customize your environment by using Workspaces for easy navigation.

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    Tutorial 11

    Adding Tracks & Track Basics


    Learn how to add tracks and see the basics of track handling.

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    Tutorial 12

    Customizing Tracks


    Keep tracks organized by using track colors and track pictures. These features will certainly help us out when navigating our project.

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    Tutorial 13

    Track Controls Settings


    Take a more in depth look at track customization by learning all about the track controls settings dialogue window.

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    Tutorial 14

    Track Folding


    Discover the unique concept of track folding and explore how track layers and folder tracks keep us organized.

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    Tutorial 15

    Audio Tracks


    Check out all of the different features available on Audio tracks, and get an in depth overview of audio signal flow in Cubase.

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    Tutorial 16

    Group Tracks


    Group tracks let us create submixes and stem mixes. See how its done!

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    Tutorial 17

    FX Tracks


    Get your feet wet with FX and FX tracks. Learn how we use FX tracks to create parallel FX and discover how we can use them to conserve CPU resources.

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    Tutorial 18



    Lets set up a track for recording, and take a closer look at some of the different recording modes available.

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    Tutorial 19

    Object Handling


    Learn about object handling and how you can use these concepts to edit your project. We'll also take a brief look at the audio and MIDI specific editors.

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    Tutorial 20

    Media Management


    Get control of your project media by understanding the basics of the Pool window and Mediabay.

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    Tutorial 21

    Mix Console & Export


    Take a tour of the MixConsole window by learning how to customize it. We'll check out Racks, Zones, and Visibility options. We'll also learn how to export our project audio and create a mixdown.

Cubase master Dave Askew gives you a series dedicated to one of the most popular and powerful DAWs available today. This series is great for both beginners and intermediate users, offering cool insights, as well as practical information that will get you up and running fast.

Dave first welcomes you and then covers the basics of Installation, Hardware and Software Setup. Once you have your system running, you'll dive into Project Setup, File Management, and VST Connections.

Moving on, Dave takes you on a tour of the Cubase Pro 8 Interface, and explores Window Management and Workspaces. Once you're familiar with the Interface, he shows you How to Add and Customize Tracks, Track Basics, Controls, and Operation, as well as all the different Types of Tracks.

Next up is Recording. Dave explains preparing to Record, Recording, and Object Handling once your project is recorded. That leads into a discussion of Media Management, the Mix Console, and how to Export Your Finished Song.

If you're new to Cubase Pro 8 or an experienced user looking to get more out of it, watch "Cubase Pro 8 Explained" today!

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've been a musician since a very early age starting with playing the trumpet, guitar, bass, and piano. Not the drums though, my brother got those genes. I am an excellent finger drummer though to say the least!

2. What training have you had?

For formal training I took regular music lessons in grade school and high school which were fortified with training from private tutors. After school I joined the Army band and went through the Army School of Music as well. I'd like to say that most of what I've learned though came through experience and having hands-on opportunities.

3. When did you get into recording?

During my stay in the Army I was the live sound manager. I loved operating the mixing board but I loathed the 'live' environment. I truly enjoyed making things sound great but I didn't like the fact that there is so little room for error in the live setting. I had wished for more time to invest in being able to make something that sounds ok, turn into something phenomenal. I started by recording our Army band performances on a Yamaha AW1600 for fun, but really enjoyed that I could capture that moment then take my time to make it sound amazing without having to worry about the crowd booing. The rest is history!

4. People you have worked with/for?

A few musical highlights have been running live sound for the President of the US, and doing some on the side tech work for the band Dope. I also was able to work with Virus on one of his side projects. Over the years though my focus has been mainly in customer service and tech, so I've talked with thousands of industry professionals on a daily basis which have truly been too numerous to name individually.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Growing up I always felt that I spent a lot of time training myself how to do things, but oddly enough I always thought I'd never make a great teacher even though I'm a geek through and through. In the early part of my career I turned down so many opportunities to teach music and engineering. I think part of that came with my own insecurity of not having the formal education that society tells us that we need to succeed. It took a lot of time, practice, and personal education to get me past that hump of feeling confident in trusting that what I taught myself was legit. I've finally reached a point where I feel like I have a lot to offer in terms of knowledge, but most of it has come through investing the time with having the hands on experience that not even formally educated people get sometimes. I truly believe the best way to learn something is to get your hands on it and immerse yourself in every little detail. Groove 3 is a great avenue to be able to share that knowledge.

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    Cubase Pro 8 Explained

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Cubase Pro 8 Explained is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clear and concise Very pleased with my purchase. Early indications are very positive. Clearly these tutorials will fast track me and provide a pleasing and entertaining environment.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great In-Depth Training This is a great in-depth Cubase training. This will teach you the fundamentals of setting up Cubase, setting up inputs/outputs, recording audio, managing the audio, thorough explanation of the mixer, sends, pre-fader/post fader effects, etc. Just a great technical, in-depth training of the fundamentals. You won't find much regarding MIDI, VST instruments, and looping however, but still a great training.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good overview for new users of Cubase I'm in the middle of the painful process of switching DAWs from Sonar, which I have used since the early 90s, to Cubase and these videos provide a great overview of Cubase functionality. Cubase is very versatile and these videos focus more on this versatility than audio/MIDI tricks.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mind Bogglingly and Unnecessarily Complex. I don't own nor have ever used Cubase. I watched a number of these videos from the beginning to get a taste. It doesn't taste good. We start with installation and then go through an endless array, video after video, of setting up an entire production studio including submixes to various headphones, and on and on. Look. Most people have a simple audio interface, maybe a MIDI keyboard, and a mic and/or guitar. Is there no way to show a simple hardware setup and then jump in and start recording an audio and MIDI track? Like right away? To see how the thing works for your average person who is not the top engineer in Nashville? It could be that Cubase is actually awesome for the home-based singer songwriter, or MIDI-based musician, or whatever non-super-big-time person you might be. But to find out if Cubase might be for you, go elsewhere. Here for video after video you will watch how to route a click track and special mix to sound booth three. That's not what I came here for. The first third of half of this belongs in a special series meant for big-budget engineers with ultra complex setups. Jeez!
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very informative As always, a whole lot of information in every block. Some features showed you may not recognize for a long time.
Date published: 2016-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great tutorial but at too fast a pace Really interesting but the fast pace is presented kind of throws me off and gets me lost at times. Dave talks as if he was been chased by who knows what, really fast and rushed!. One has to concentrate at times or rewind to understand/grasp what he is saying.
Date published: 2016-03-03
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