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Cubase MIDI Explained®

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    Introduction

    Dive right in with Mark and get a detailed introduction to using MIDI in Cubase as you learn about the fundamental differences between manipulating sound with MIDI and audio. You also get an initial look at MIDI data using the Key Editor.

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    MIDI Inspector

    Take the first step of using MIDI in Cubase by learning about the MIDI Inspector and the parameters it provides, including MIDI routing and other related panels, such as Expression Mapping and MIDI Inserts and Sends.

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    MIDI Recording

    Explore all of the different methods of getting MIDI data into Cubase, including by importing existing recordings. You’ll also discover how to use MIDI to drive any number of VSTi’s as MIDI isn’t restricted to playing a set audio recording. Along the way, you’ll also learn about the different MIDI record modes available in Cubase.

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    Manually Adding MIDI

    Follow along as Mark shows you how to manually add extra MIDI information using two different methods, including by adding extra notes and by adding extra controller data.

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    MIDI Modifier Tab

    Learn all about modifying recorded MIDI events using the functions available within the MIDI modifier tab, and see how easy it is to hide, but not delete, MIDI events from view.

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    Further MIDI Modifiers

    Explore more MIDI modification by learning about the velocity compression parameter and velocity shift as well as how MIDI compression works differently than an audio compressor.

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    Adapting Recorded MIDI

    Extend your knowledge of MIDI modification by using it on a pedestrian snare drum pattern to make it less sterile by conveniently duplicating events.

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    Virtual Keyboard Input

    Watch as Mark shows you a variety of ways to input midi notes and controller information using Cubase’s Virtual Keyboard.

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    MIDI Layering

    Strengthen an existing MIDI-generated sound by manually layering MIDI data through copying an event and using it to drive two VSTis and layer octaves.

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    Multi-Timbral Layering

    Achieve a larger, layered sound by utilizing a multi-tibral VSTi and a single MIDI event to drive two distinct patches within the same VSTi.

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    Key Editor Multi-Layering

    Use the Key Editor to multi-layer while editing MIDI notes and see the In-Place Editor for comparison.

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    Layering with Sends

    Investigate further layering techniques by looking at the Inspector’s MIDI Send option.

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    Arpache

    Explore the use of MIDI effects to modify an existing MIDI recording in two versions of Arpache.

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    MIDI Compression

    Watch as Mark demonstrates how mild compression differs from audio compression in terms of the finished sound, even though both restrict a signal’s dynamic range.

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    Export MIDI Changes

    See how easy it is to export a MIDI event to a new file, even after changes have been made in real-time using effects.

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    Auto LFO

    Explore the creative possibilities by adding movement to a static, lifeless bass line through the incorporation of the AutoLFO MIDI plug-in.

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    Using VST Expression

    Harness the power of VST Expression to make a MIDI performance sound more natural.

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    MIDI Control

    Use the MIDI Control plug-in to reset controller parameters when required and convert MIDI tracks to audio tracks.

Product Overview


Discover the power that MIDI brings to Cubase as veteran Steinberg expert Mark Struthers takes you on a MIDI journey in "Cubase MIDI Explained". Learn all the key MIDI features and functions that will make composing and editing with MIDI in Cubase a breeze.

Mark starts by showing you the fundamental differences between MIDI and traditional Audio in Cubase, and then how the Key Editor plays a pivotal role in how MIDI is viewed in Cubase. Next, explore the MIDI Inspector to see how its Parameters, including MIDI Routing, work together with Expression Mapping, MIDI Inserts and Sends, and other Panels to streamline your workflow.

From there, Mark shows you all of the available MIDI Recording Options you have to work with, as well as how to Import an Existing Recording for manipulation. Because VSTis go hand in hand with MIDI in Cubase, Mark demonstrates how to use MIDI to drive any number of VSTis for Production and Recording purposes. You'll also see how to Manually Add Extra MIDI Notes for greater editing and control on your tracks, and how Adding Extra Controller Data can make for deeper MIDI editing.

Mark now shows how MIDI Modifiers, such as Velocity Compression and Velocity Shift, can enhance the Dynamics of your MIDI track, and how Velocity Compression is different from traditional Audio Compression. You'll then experience how MIDI Modification can be used to make a Snare Drum Pattern sound more natural and lifelike. To help make your Workflow more efficient, Mark reveals how to access and use Cubase's Virtual Keyboard to Input MIDI Notes and Controller Information.

Various Layering Options to enhance your sound are then shown, including Multi-Timbral Layering, Key Editor Multi-Layering, and Layering With Sends. From there, Mark walks you through the use of MIDI Effects within an Existing Recording using two versions of Arpache, and how to Export a MIDI Event to a New File after changes have been made.

Finally, Mark uses the Auto LFO to bring life into a static Bass Line, and shows the power of VST Expression to make a MIDI Performance Sound More Natural. Afterwards, he walks you through the process of Converting your MIDI to Audio Tracks using the MIDI Control Plug-in. Cubase offers so much in the MIDI department, and Mark shows you how to harness its full power in this MIDI centric series... Watch "Cubase MIDI Explained" today!


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robert@joliciel
Submitted 5 months ago

Marvelously explained

I’ve learned new things; I love the way M.Struthers teaches us. By following the flow of his thought, nicely tied, in my mind it helps me to remember the knowledge greatly. On a personal side, I understand the relation that he has with the DAW; I see and feel his passion over the subject. Regarding the videos flow, on the mobile app version, it will be nice when a video tutorial is finished to go to the following one automatically. Plus, having a previous and next button, this way, it will be easier to navigate through the videos. Furthermore, having in the pull-down menu in addition to browse by product, browse by CATEGORY and my PRODUCTS, current learning lesson. Thanks

Response from Customer Service:

Thank you for your review. We actually do have a 'continuous playback' option in the control settings. It is the circle made up of the two arrows. When this is engaged, the next video will play when the current one finishes.
While we are working on rewriting our apps, you should try the site through a browser. It will reorganize the pages to fit your screen size mimicing an app and at the same time giving you all the controls the site has. And you can save an icon to your homepage to launch the site like an app as well. Try it out!

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RobertVM
Submitted 5 months ago

Concise entry level course

If new to cubase midi this is a good overview

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cubase


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pan2c
Submitted 11 months ago

as expected excellent video again from groove3

A well lay out presentation on midi in Cubase features. only comment with this one is quickness of the presentation. But I totally understand why to shorten the video length of the presentation for each individual video. For example groove video are design for non linear learning. To the point presentation and not 48 hours long for each course.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Cubase, Reason, Reaper


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Galdo
Submitted 1 year ago

Not very concise

Could have been compressed in 1 hour


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SimonTheGreatest
Submitted 2 years ago

Good for beginners

This is what you want to hear when you start as a beginner.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Producer, Cubase


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Bigfrog
Submitted 3 years ago

Pretty good overview

This is a pretty good overview of Cubase's MIDI features and MIDI in general. Great for the beginner but there's not much here for advanced users.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Hobbyist


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Leobe
Submitted 3 years ago

Really useful lesson

Really useful lesson. So much that I didn't know, all of which is pretty basic, but if you don't know it is there, or how to apply it you won't. Very clear and well paced as always.

I am a: Professional, Musician


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Albert
Submitted 3 years ago

Cubase Midi

I've been using Cubase since Vst32 and have always kept up with the upgrades. But, as I'm finding out, this is not the same as keeping up with its capabilities. I've been watching these videos and feeling like I've just been introduced to a new program. It's one thing to read something in the manual; it's a completely different thing to be shown 'how' and 'why' you would use so many of these functions. I've only went through all of the 'Cubase midi' videos once so far and once is not enough to absorb all this information. A big thank you to Groove3 and their contributors.

I am a: Mastering Facility, Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician


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JohnC
Submitted 3 years ago

Very good tu, but might be better organized

I purchased the Cubase Collection about a week ago. I'm still going through them, but the titles aren't specific enough for a beginner Cubase user to figure out a logical order in which to watch them. Each of the 8 tutorials stands on its own with a separate data file and player for each. Consideration might be given to merging all the data files under 8 separate chapters in order to have the full collection under a single player.

I am a: Musician, Hobbyist


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George
Submitted 3 years ago

Great tutorial , expected more info.

Its a really good tutorial and the information given is really good too. I personally think that more things should have been included.

I am a: Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer

Response from Customer Service:

Hi George, Thank you very much for your review! We appreciate you taking the time. Our 'Explained' titles mostly go over the basics for any given product. I'll put in a request on your behalf for a Cubase MIDI Advaced title. Glad you like the training!

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robert@joliciel
Submitted 5 months ago

Marvelously explained

I’ve learned new things; I love the way M.Struthers teaches us. By following the flow of his thought, nicely tied, in my mind it helps me to remember the knowledge greatly. On a personal side, I understand the relation that he has with the DAW; I see and feel his passion over the subject. Regarding the videos flow, on the mobile app version, it will be nice when a video tutorial is finished to go to the following one automatically. Plus, having a previous and next button, this way, it will be easier to navigate through the videos. Furthermore, having in the pull-down menu in addition to browse by product, browse by CATEGORY and my PRODUCTS, current learning lesson. Thanks

Response from Customer Service:

Thank you for your review. We actually do have a 'continuous playback' option in the control settings. It is the circle made up of the two arrows. When this is engaged, the next video will play when the current one finishes.
While we are working on rewriting our apps, you should try the site through a browser. It will reorganize the pages to fit your screen size mimicing an app and at the same time giving you all the controls the site has. And you can save an icon to your homepage to launch the site like an app as well. Try it out!
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RobertVM
Submitted 5 months ago

Concise entry level course

If new to cubase midi this is a good overview

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cubase

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pan2c
Submitted 11 months ago

as expected excellent video again from groove3

A well lay out presentation on midi in Cubase features. only comment with this one is quickness of the presentation. But I totally understand why to shorten the video length of the presentation for each individual video. For example groove video are design for non linear learning. To the point presentation and not 48 hours long for each course.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Cubase, Reason, Reaper

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Galdo
Submitted 1 year ago

Not very concise

Could have been compressed in 1 hour

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SimonTheGreatest
Submitted 2 years ago

Good for beginners

This is what you want to hear when you start as a beginner.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Producer, Cubase

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Bigfrog
Submitted 3 years ago

Pretty good overview

This is a pretty good overview of Cubase's MIDI features and MIDI in general. Great for the beginner but there's not much here for advanced users.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Hobbyist

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Leobe
Submitted 3 years ago

Really useful lesson

Really useful lesson. So much that I didn't know, all of which is pretty basic, but if you don't know it is there, or how to apply it you won't. Very clear and well paced as always.

I am a: Professional, Musician

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Albert
Submitted 3 years ago

Cubase Midi

I've been using Cubase since Vst32 and have always kept up with the upgrades. But, as I'm finding out, this is not the same as keeping up with its capabilities. I've been watching these videos and feeling like I've just been introduced to a new program. It's one thing to read something in the manual; it's a completely different thing to be shown 'how' and 'why' you would use so many of these functions. I've only went through all of the 'Cubase midi' videos once so far and once is not enough to absorb all this information. A big thank you to Groove3 and their contributors.

I am a: Mastering Facility, Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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JohnC
Submitted 3 years ago

Very good tu, but might be better organized

I purchased the Cubase Collection about a week ago. I'm still going through them, but the titles aren't specific enough for a beginner Cubase user to figure out a logical order in which to watch them. Each of the 8 tutorials stands on its own with a separate data file and player for each. Consideration might be given to merging all the data files under 8 separate chapters in order to have the full collection under a single player.

I am a: Musician, Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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George
Submitted 3 years ago

Great tutorial , expected more info.

Its a really good tutorial and the information given is really good too. I personally think that more things should have been included.

I am a: Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer

Response from Customer Service:

Hi George, Thank you very much for your review! We appreciate you taking the time. Our 'Explained' titles mostly go over the basics for any given product. I'll put in a request on your behalf for a Cubase MIDI Advaced title. Glad you like the training!
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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

Having a father with a recording studio and having played guitar since being a 14 year old kid, I quickly got into recording. But, the purchase of a Tascam 244 Portastudio was a breakthrough in realizing what I wanted to do.

2. What training have you had?

I taught myself to play guitar and keyboards and found it a remarkably calming and mathematical experience learning the rules of intervals within a scale and how they can take you to any chord.

3. When did you get into recording?

The purchase of the cassette based Tascam 244 lasted a fair few years until I moved up to a Roland VS880 which then linked in to building a purpose built commercial multimedia studio around 15 years ago mainly running Steinberg and Adobe software.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Thankfully, nobody famous enough to have an ego. Instead 100's of happy Joe Public clients.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

My degree is in English and Teaching and I was a grammar school teacher for over 10 years before changing direction and working solely from my studio. recording music and filming for clients.

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Cubase MIDI Explained® is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 10 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Marvelously explained I’ve learned new things; I love the way M.Struthers teaches us. By following the flow of his thought, nicely tied, in my mind it helps me to remember the knowledge greatly. On a personal side, I understand the relation that he has with the DAW; I see and feel his passion over the subject. Regarding the videos flow, on the mobile app version, it will be nice when a video tutorial is finished to go to the following one automatically. Plus, having a previous and next button, this way, it will be easier to navigate through the videos. Furthermore, having in the pull-down menu in addition to browse by product, browse by CATEGORY and my PRODUCTS, current learning lesson. Thanks
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Concise entry level course If new to cubase midi this is a good overview
Date published: 2019-04-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from as expected excellent video again from groove3 A well lay out presentation on midi in Cubase features. only comment with this one is quickness of the presentation. But I totally understand why to shorten the video length of the presentation for each individual video. For example groove video are design for non linear learning. To the point presentation and not 48 hours long for each course.
Date published: 2018-11-04
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Not very concise Could have been compressed in 1 hour
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good for beginners This is what you want to hear when you start as a beginner.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Pretty good overview This is a pretty good overview of Cubase's MIDI features and MIDI in general. Great for the beginner but there's not much here for advanced users.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really useful lesson Really useful lesson. So much that I didn't know, all of which is pretty basic, but if you don't know it is there, or how to apply it you won't. Very clear and well paced as always.
Date published: 2016-10-27
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Cubase Midi I've been using Cubase since Vst32 and have always kept up with the upgrades. But, as I'm finding out, this is not the same as keeping up with its capabilities. I've been watching these videos and feeling like I've just been introduced to a new program. It's one thing to read something in the manual; it's a completely different thing to be shown 'how' and 'why' you would use so many of these functions. I've only went through all of the 'Cubase midi' videos once so far and once is not enough to absorb all this information. A big thank you to Groove3 and their contributors.
Date published: 2016-10-26
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very good tu, but might be better organized I purchased the Cubase Collection about a week ago. I'm still going through them, but the titles aren't specific enough for a beginner Cubase user to figure out a logical order in which to watch them. Each of the 8 tutorials stands on its own with a separate data file and player for each. Consideration might be given to merging all the data files under 8 separate chapters in order to have the full collection under a single player.
Date published: 2016-10-24
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial , expected more info. Its a really good tutorial and the information given is really good too. I personally think that more things should have been included.
Date published: 2016-07-15
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