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.
Editing and Modifying Chords10:31
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.
Using Chord Assistant6:54
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.
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.
Voicing Choices & Info Line7:09
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.
Using External MIDI Files6:48
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.
Using MIDI Loops6:44
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.
Create Chords from MIDI6:10
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.
Using with EZKeys6:00
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.
Using with VariAudio9:03
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.
Submitted 2 months ago
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.
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Audio Engineer, Cubase
Submitted 3 months ago
Very glad I got to watch this video. It has really expanded my knowledge on the chord track.
I am a: Beginner, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Cubase
Submitted 4 months ago
Really Helpful i learned a lot of new things...Thanks.
Submitted 7 months ago
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!
I am a: Hobbyist
Submitted 9 months ago
A good insight into chord track.
Submitted 10 months ago
Submitted 1 year ago
Cuhase chord track explained
Clear and concise Pleasantly presented and entertaining as well
I am a: Musician
Submitted 2 years ago
This tutorial showed numerous creative ways to use the chord track. I'm excited to use some of these approaches in my current project.
I am a: Hobbyist
Submitted 2 years 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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