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Cubase Chord Track Explained®

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    In this tutorial, you will be introduced to the Chord Track function and how it is initially set up within a blank project. You’ll 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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    Editing and Modifying Chords

    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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    Using Chord Assistant

    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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    Live Transform

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

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    Voicing Choices & Info Line

    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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    Using External MIDI Files

    At this stage, we look at integrating external MIDI files generated by Toontrack’s 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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    Using MIDI Loops

    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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    Create Chords from MIDI

    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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    Using with EZKeys

    Mark digs deeper into using Toontrack’s VSTi to assess how the block structure of Chord Track can be adapted to play chord changes that don’t necessarily fall at bar divisions.

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    Using with VariAudio

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

Product Overview

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.

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Cubase Chord Track Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 19 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Lessons!! I watched this tutorial before but watching it again really enforced the usefulness of the chord track. Only suggestion is learning how to use the chord pads with the chord track. This way you can use the midi keys or keyboard to play the pads. AM13
Date published: 2021-07-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great watch !! Very good easy to understand !!
Date published: 2021-01-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course! Good deep dive into the chord track features! Exactly what I needed! Thanks!
Date published: 2020-09-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from a well taught course Easy to understand and a very useful course in understand Cubase
Date published: 2020-04-23
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good and informative. It was a helpful series of videos, but it is made with Cubase 7.5 - I hope there will be an update with a newer version of Cubase. Still, I learned quite a few things and the instructor is good.
Date published: 2019-12-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very good very well explained
Date published: 2019-11-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Cubase Chord Track Explained I love the way this tutorial was presented. Simple, clear, concise and very easy to understand and follow. You don't have to know music theory but if you have a basic understanding of it, Chord Track in Cubase makes even easier for you to apply it to your own arrangements. Thanks to the Groove3 crew and keep em coming..
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good Tutorial Series !!! Chord Track is an important Application in Cubase... This Series help you get started with this tool and increase your creativity a lot _ especially with no professional music Background ;)
Date published: 2018-10-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Yes it explain chord track very good Easy and also a lot of tip and some advance stufft. I learned me even some tip how to use cubase
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Useful but a little bit outdated Nice information about the chord track but in recent Cubase editions, the UI and capabilities have changed.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from probably the most helpful cubase tutorial I have come across. I haven't seen much on this anywhere else, and the detail of this course is superb and made me feel comfortable to go and implement what i had learned straight away. Very well explained, thanks.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Insightful Very glad I got to watch this video. It has really expanded my knowledge on the chord track.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really Helpful... Really Helpful i learned a lot of new things...Thanks.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course! What a surprise! I was expecting a sterile explanation of Cubase Chord Track, and got an info and example filled guide to multiple scenarios and uses! Loved the instruction style too, easy to understand concepts as communicated! Very satisfied with take away to go experiment on own! Thank you!
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful A good insight into chord track.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from very good very good
Date published: 2017-05-10
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
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