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Cubase Pro 8.5 Update Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    Workflow Improvements


    Welcome to What's New in Cubase Pro 8.5! Let's dive in and take a look at some of the new GUI and workflow enhancements.

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    Tutorial 2

    MediaBay Enhancements


    The MediaBay has been improved in many ways, including a redesigned docking system, memo recorder, and integration enhancements.

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    Tutorial 3

    Track & Mixer Features


    In this video well take a look at the new hover controls, new track insert options and some of the other added features dealing with tracks.

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    Tutorial 4

    Track Import


    You can import tracks directly from other projects.

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    Tutorial 5

    MIDI Improvements


    Simplify your work in the drum editor with visibility agents, and learn to fly when composing MIDI with your mouse.

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    Tutorial 6



    If you thought Chord Pads were a creative addition, wait until you see the new Sections feature. Also check out how to customize chord symbols.

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    Tutorial 7

    A Ruler That Rocks


    Check out the new ruler features that make navigating a breeze, and control your locators like never before.

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    Tutorial 8



    Make use of the transport like never before and control your project in a new simple way by making use of several new recording features.

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    Tutorial 9

    Intro to Retrologue 2


    Meet Retrologue's new brother, Retrologue 2.

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    Tutorial 10

    Audio Export


    Update and customize naming schemes quickly and easily with presets and a new drag and drop function.

Cubase master Dave Askew returns to show you the latest features of the Cubase 8.5 update with this series of in-depth video tutorials.

Dave dives right into an exploration of the workflow improvements, including changes to the GUI. Then its a demonstration of how to use the redesigned MediaBay.

Moving on, Dave reveals the new Hover Controls, Insert Options and features that deal with Individual Tracks and the Mixer.

This leads directly into a video explaining the new Track Import functionality, so you can import tracks directly from other projects with ease.

The next series of videos cover some of the creative Arrangement and MIDI enhancements. First, the improvements in the Drum Editor and other MIDI composing features are covered.

Then Dave demonstrates how Chord Pads have been improved with customizable chord symbols, and the new features of the Ruler and the Transport.

Dave then explores the new Retrologue 2 Synthesizer and how you can update and customize your naming scheme with the new Audio Export enhancements.

If youre new to Cubase Pro 8 or an experienced user looking to gain more insight into the latest update, watch Cubase 8.5 Update 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 8.5 Update Explained is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Speed freak Good series , but the first half was difficult to absorb , and was like the presenter was on speed. Note ; I am a Pro Tools user watching this series as I am considering Cubase for composing .., and would like to also learn / reference from this series as I watch it should I end up buying Cubase , rather than unnecessarily Pause-Rewind-Pause-Rewind all the way through - a more relaxed pace could have achieved this in the one sitting. Another negative IMO was : in the first hald of the series it felt like someone edited out out all the breaths /pauses his spoken sentences. My brain felt like it was ping-ponging around inside my skull trying keep up with the rapid fire info Overall an OK series , and points off for rushing the first half .;)
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent as usual I have purchased most of Dave's Cubase tutorials since I began using Cubase. His "8.5 explained" is, as usual, a great piece of work. His explanation of the new features are right on but you have to go through the course a few times because he moves just a little faster than my 61 year old brain can absorb. I hope he comes out with another course that goes into a little more detail such as how he had Sony loops added into his Media Bay. Either way I will still follow any more tutorials offered by Dave in Groove 3!
Date published: 2016-06-16
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