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In this section of the website you'll discover lots of useful help on getting the best results from Cubase. The following is a summary of some of the tutorials you'll find in this section.

Dealing with common problems associated with Cubase 4, 5 & 6

If you look at the navigation on the left hand side of this page, the first page to check out is devoted to asio cubase drivers. I've made this one first because it is often the root problem when Cubase is not playing back as it should. Are you hearing audible "pops" or "crackles" when the song plays back in Cubase? Do you find that there is a time lag between playing something on the keyboard and hearing it on the computer? If so, this section is for you.


Perhaps you have been able to get Cubase to play simple arrangements, but when you start developing more complex ones, you're finding that Cubase either drops sounds out, gives unwanted noise, or, worse still, crashes the computer. So the second page down deals with Cubase recording and playback noise and performance issues, and provides some solutions that you can try.

Another area where problems can be encountered is in recording vocals in Cubase. Are you finding that you can't get Cubase to record your vocal? Or perhaps it is working, but too quietly? Or maybe you're finding that Cubase is giving hiss or noise on the vocal? This tutorial provides some hints and tips for getting the best results in recording vocals.



How to get the most out of Cubase

The next group of pages deals with tips on how to get the most out of using your music software. There's a page with common keyboard shortcuts associated with the Cubase, as well as a how-to on creating (or deleting) shortcuts for yourself.

Are you finding that you've lots of tracks and it's becoming difficult to keep tabs on them all? Do you find yourself constantly scrolling up and down the page? This is where using cubase folders becomes really useful. Tracks can be grouped together by instrument type and placed in folders for ease of reference. It's also possible to place folders within folders if you're the super-organised type!

In order to create a great mix of your work, you're probably going to need to make changes to the volume (and other settings) of the track as the song progresses. This is where Cubase automation comes into it's own. Here you can record movements of volume, pan, effects, instrument changes ... in fact just about anything you can think of!

Finally in this section is a tutorial specifically about mixing in Cubase. I've distilled some of my experience over the last fifteen years or so of mixing songs and instrumental works, and given you what I consider to be the five top tips on this.


Buying Cubase and Cubase Training


Are you currently looking to buy this music software? On this review of Cubase 6 you'll find information about what Cubase can do, as well as a jargon-busting section to explain some of the technical words involved. There's also links to buying the different versions of Cubase currently available.

Finally, there's a page about my Cubase tuition and training. For many years I've taught Composition and Cubase skills on a one-to-one basis. Unfortunately due to other work commitments I'm no longer able to offer this service, but I've kept the page on Cubase tuition so that you can get an idea of what kind of things to expect if you're looking for Cubase lessons. And if you're considering a career in music recording, you may want to check out my list of top music production schools in the USA.



A brief history of Cubase

Cubase has been in existence since 1989. It was the first music sequencer that gave a vertical track list and horizontal timeline. Initially, Cubase made it possible to record and edit MIDI information on a computer from a keyboard. During the 1990's, it became possible to record audio into Cubase and play this back like a multitrack tape machine. Scoring was also added at this time. In 1996, another important development happened - VST ("Virtual Studio Technology"). This made audio effects such as reverb and delay possible, and also allowed for third party developers to add external technology into the program. 1999 saw the introduction of VSTi - virtual instruments that played within Cubase. Again, a host of software companies began developing instruments that could be played in Cubase. VST and VSTi became an industry standard technology across all DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) systems.

The next major development came in 2004 with "Audiowarp", - audio could now be quickly flexed and the tempo of audio material easily changed. In 2006 Cubase simply became a version number (Cubase 4), dropping the older designations of "Cubase SX" (which ran with several versions from 2002 to 2005) and "Cubase VST" (from 1996 to 2001). Cubase (version 5) was released in January 2009 and the lastest incarnation is Cubase 6, released on January 17th, 2011. Cubase 6 boasts new time-stretching algorithms, a reworked graphical user interface and the new VST 3.5 standard. The DAW software is designed to run on Windows 7.


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