Cubase Tutorial

Cubase Chord Track Explained®

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  • 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. 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 Chords 10:31

    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.

  • Using Chord Assistant 6:54

    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.

  • Live Transform 5:26

    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.

  • Voicing Choices & Info Line 7:09

    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.

  • Using External MIDI Files 6:48

    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.

  • Using MIDI Loops 6:44

    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.

  • Create Chords from MIDI 6:10

    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.

  • Using with EZKeys 6:00

    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.

  • Using with VariAudio 9:03

    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.

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.

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