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Common Shortcuts

Here's a list of the most commonly used Cubase shortcut keys that I use. This is by no means comprehensive (Cubase terms these shortcuts as "key commands"):-

*(on number pad) for record
Space bar for pause/play
Q for quantize
C for count (metronome)
M for mute
S for solo

G = zoom out
H = zoom in

Holding down "Alt" and then left clicking with the mouse and dragging material (such as notes or track boxes) will copy this material.

Here's a comprehensive list of available shortcuts in Cubase 4:-

Key XL

Within Cubase, it's possible to search for key commands, create new ones, and change an existing shortcut.

keyboard shortcuts menu


Here's how to search for a keyboard shortcut:-

1. From the file menu, select "key commands". This will open the key commands dialogue.

2. In the top left of the dialogue, you'll see a black box with a magnifying glass to the right - this is the search box. Type in here a function you would like to find the shortcut for. (For example, "Crossfade"), and hit return (enter). The box on the right should now be displaying the key command (in this instance, the answer is "X").

And here's how to create a new key command:-

1. With the key commands dialogue box still open (off the "file" menu), select a function that you would like to create a shortcut for. To find a function, choose an appropriate folder by clicking on the + signs in the "Commands" box (on the left hand side) and then scrolling down the list until you find the function you need. It's also possible to use the "search" box (discussed earlier) to achieve a similar result.

2. Select the function you would like a shortcut for. This will then appear in the right hand box ("keys").

3. Click in the "type in key" field, and select a keyboard shorcut by hitting the key you would like. WARNING - the key may already be in use (it nearly always is!) If this is the case, Cubase warns you of this underneath this box. You can then either hit "Assign" (above the field), which will overwrite the existing shortcut, or try another key to see if it's being used.

Changing an existing key command:-

1. follow steps 1 and 2 as before.

2. with your existing shortcut in the field box, try another shortcut on the computer keyboard.

3. once you've found one that's available, remember to hit "assign" above the field.

Deleting key commands:-

It may be that you'd like to simply delete a shortcut. Here's how it's done:

1. follow steps 1 and 2 as before.

2. above the field box, there's a small trashcan. Clicking on this will delete the shortcut. That's it!


Some standard windows shortcuts worth remembering:-

Ctrl + Z = Undo

Ctrl + Shift + Z = Redo

Ctrl + X = Cut

Ctrl + C = Copy

Ctrl + V =Paste

Ctrl + A = Select All

Ctrl + O = Open

Ctrl + S = Save

Ctrl + P = Print


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