How You Can Create Musical Sequences Using Virtual Instruments | What You Can Do with Cubase


hi and welcome to Cubase on this video I’m going to show you how you can create musical sequences using virtual instruments keyboards and hardware synthesizers using MIDI in Cubase Cubase has some amazing MIDI features that allows you to integrate your virtual simps your hardware synthesizers your controllers everything into one environment so let’s start by recording a virtual instrument in this case I’m using retrologue 2 a very very nice sounding virtual analog synthesizer so it sounds like this so I want to start creating a very cool kind of eighties inspired sequence so I have a very simple part right here it’s a MIDI part and it basically gives me all the root notes of the song so let’s play it in isolation and this would work great if it was a bass track but I want to give it a little bit of groove a little bit of energy so what I can do is I can go to my media inserts as you can see right here on my inspector and basically add an Apache SX arpeggiator so when I click on that I immediately have a very cool groove [Music] but now let’s say I want for the second part of the verse I want to have some chords instead of just single notes it’s actually extremely easy to do it in the Cubase key editor all I have to do is basically just get rid of these notes and go into my court editing tab on my inspector and start inputting chords very very simply so maybe I want to select a minor chord and I can start with an a minor so I just have to click on a and then maybe I want an F major chord like this maybe a D minor chord and then an E minor chord and that’s very quick I don’t have to input every single note of every chord and now when I played through the arpeggiator it will sound like this so now let’s create some interesting textures to the sound and for this I’m going to use my cut off on retrologue so let’s play it back and see what sounds we can come up with [Music] now let’s say I want to record all those movements of the cutoff it’s actually very easy to do it in Cubase all you need to do is just right click on the control that you want to automate click on learn CC and then you can select any of your controllers if you have a MIDI controller or a hardware synthesizers and just move that control and then the cutoff is now controlled by this knob supercool so now let’s control this cutoff parameter using our assigned system controller with this knob I wanna make this sound more interesting [Music] you’re throwing away [Music] and of course when I want to go back and edit this automation it’s actually very easy I can actually go and scale it I can tilt it I can actually compress it or expand it to whatever I want to it or I can even go and create a nice curves for example like this so now let’s try and do something similar with the hardware synthesizer so basically what I have right here is a hardware FM synthesizer the yamaha DX and I’m sending MIDI from Cubase to this synthesizer using a USB cable let me show you the setup I have this MIDI track with my notes and I’m sending this to the reface DX as you can see so now when I play back this is going to generate the sound all the controllers right here can be recorded as ceasing messages so this is going to be my main base sound and want this to carry the low end and double the retrologue patch and I’m going to record this we’re going to alternate the parameters right here and I’m going to record both audio and MIDI into Cubase so let’s get started [Music] empty [Music] [Music] so all these nice really really different textures and that’s because I recorded everything through MIDI so you can see I’ve have all the controllers right there listed in Cubase so all this controllers that you see right here recorded they’re just all the hardware controllers from this hardware synth that were recording into Cubase in real time so if I want to rerecord this part I can just play it back again change my CC controllers and have a completely different take pretty cool right now using the exact same setup let’s record an analog synth an analog pad in this case I’m using normal MIDI cables because we don’t have USB over here but it works exactly in the same way so let’s spice this truck up with some analog goodness [Music] oh wait [Music] away [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] cubase also fully supports MPE midi polyphonic expression so you can use devices like the roll ecbert for example I have here that Rolly Sieber blocks this is connected via bluetooth to Cubase right now and this way I get all the expression capabilities of this device into Cubase of course that doesn’t stop there retrologue now has specific presets built for MPE so when you open media Bay on retrologue you’ll be able to find MPE retrologue presets that are designed to work great with devices like this so basically every node can have its own MIDI parameters its own cut off its own pitch let me show you I can start with one out and now can open the filter just for this note by using pressure or bitch so as you can see many options are so much fun to be had using meat in cubase go and check it out and we’ll see you the next one [Music]