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Music Production with Cubase 10 and 10.5: A practical journey from the basics to the finished track - second edition

Music Production with Cubase 10 and 10.5: A practical journey from the basics to the finished track - second edition

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Music Production with Cubase 10 and 10.5: A practical journey from the basics to the finished track - second edition

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The Italian best seller that teaches how to start producing music with Steinberg Cubase, now also available in English!

Second edition, completely revised.

Find out how to produce music with Steinberg Cubase 10 or 10.5, even starting from scratch.
Music Production with Cubase 10 and 10.5 will guide you step by step to discover all the notions, tools and techniques that are essential to start producing music with Cubase 10 or 10.5.
This book is particularly suitable for beginners and medium level users, and it teaches not only how to use Cubase, but also the basics of modern music production.
  • Install and setup Cubase.
  • Record audio and MIDI material.
  • Use virtual instruments.
  • Edit and adjust your sounds.
  • Understand and use the main effects.
  • Mix, master and export your projects.

With a support website to download files, sample projects and all the colour images in high resolution.

Want to master music production with Cubase? Read this book.
AudioMentor.com

I will recommend this manual to all my students who want to boost their learning process […] and become tomorrow's practitioners.
Seismal D
(Talking about the Italian edition)

This is the perfect manual for students who are just approaching music production and schools that use Steinberg products; it is well written and comprehensive without being intimidating.
AudioFader Magazine
(Review of the Italian edition)

Pierluigi Bontempi is a Steinberg Certified Trainer. He is technical officer of the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of the University of Pavia (Cremona branch), where he holds Steinberg certified courses and is also responsible for the audiovisual laboratory (Digital Lab). He has held many music production training courses in Northern Italy. He is a contributor to specialist magazines such as SM Strumenti Musicali and AudioFader; in the past, he collaborated with Axe Magazine, a monthly review for guitarists. He has worked with the music manuals publisher Volontè & Co. on several original publications and Italian translations.

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Music Production with Cubase 10 and 10.5 - Pierluigi Bontempi

Pierluigi Bontempi

Music Production with Cubase 10 and 10.5

A practical journey from the basics to the finished track - Seconda edizione

© 2019/2020 Pierluigi Bontempi. All rights reserved.

No part of this book may be reprinted, reproduced, or distributed in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means without the author's written authorization, except for legal rights.

The book is not an official Steinberg publication and is intended solely as a didactical guided journey to understanding music production and using Steinberg Cubase software, versions 10 and 10.5.

For any technical, commercial, or compatibility information, user licenses, etc. only refer to the official Steinberg documentation. On different operating systems and in different versions of the software, there may be differences with regards to the screenshots and indications provided in the book.

It is also possible that, following the final draft, the software was modified to a greater or lesser extent. Unfortunately, it is not possible to take these variants or modifications into account in the book.

Alessandro Baldessari and Serena Giaminardi edited the English translation.

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Table of contents

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1 - General introduction to music production

1.1 Musicians, singers, and producers

1.2 The stages of music production

1.3 Digital audio

1.4 MIDI

1.5 Essential components of a home studio

1.6 Cubase 10/10.5 versions and the educational sector

Chapter 2 - Getting Started

2.1 Software installation

2.2 The Steinberg Hub

2.3 First operations on the drop-down menu

2.4 Sound card configuration

2.5 Audio inputs and outputs configuration

Chapter 3 - Basic operations and the Project Window

3.1 The Project Window

3.2 Cleaning the Project Window

3.3 Importing audio files

3.4 The Ruler and the Snap Function

3.5 The cursor

3.6 Transport controls

3.7 Mute and Solo buttons

3.8 Volume and panning adjustment within the Inspector

3.9 Zoom settings

3.10 The main Tool Buttons

3.11 The color menu

3.12 Operations in the Track List

3.13 Folder tracks

Chapter 4 - MixConsole

4.1 Basic operations and controls

4.2 The Temporary Link Mode

4.3 Transport controls in the MixConsole

4.4 How to navigate and tidy up the MixConsole

4.5 The MixConsole in the Lower Area

4.6 Using multiple MixConsoles (Cubase Pro only)

Chapter 5 - Audio recording

5.1 Preliminary operations

5.2 Creating Audio tracks

5.3 Setting the input bus from the Inspector and MixConsole

5.4 Adjusting the input signal level

5.5 Enabling tracks for recording

5.6 Recording modes, locators and punch in/out points

5.7 Cyclical recording and comping

Chapter 6 - MIDI and Instrument Tracks and virtual instruments

6.1 The MIDI tracks

6.2 The virtual instruments

6.3 Instrument Tracks

6.4 Physical and virtual keyboards and controllers

6.5 Recording MIDI parts

Chapter 7 - Tempo and click management

7.1 The click

7.2 The song tempo and the Tempo Track

7.3 Time signature setting

7.4 Count-in and Click Patterns

7.5 Activating or deactivating the Click, according to the work stage

7.6 Tempo changes and audio/MIDI materials

Chapter 8 - Audio effects: Inserts, Sends and the Channel Strip

8.1 Insert effects

8.2 The Channel Strip

8.3 Send effects

8.4 The PRE section

8.5 The whole signal chain

8.6 The Equalizer

8.7 Compression

8.8 The reverb

Chapter 9 - Group tracks and linking channels

9.1 Group tracks

9.2 Link groups (Cubase Pro only)

Chapter 10 - Basic MIDI editing

10.1 The Key Editor

10.2 Drawing and editing notes and velocity

10.3 The Legato and Delete Overlaps functions

10.4 Quantizing MIDI

10.5 The MIDI Control Change in the Controller Lane

10.6 The Drum Editor and the drum maps

Chapter 11 - Basic audio editing

11.1 Events and audio parts

11.2 Crossfade between audio events

11.3 Free Warp (Cubase Pro and Artist only)

11.4 VariAudio (Cubase Pro only)

11.5 Quantizing Audio

11.6 Advanced fade in and out

Chapter 12 - The automations

12.1 Creating automations

12.2 Modifying and disabling automations

Chapter 13 - Mixing and mastering basics

13.1 Listening conditions: room acoustics and basic equipment

13.2 Exporting individual Audio tracks

13.3 Tidying up the session

13.4 Equalization

13.5 Volume automations

13.6 Compression

13.7 Tracks' spatial location

13.8 Other effects

13.9 Mastering

Chapter 14 - Delve into Cubase

Appendix 1 - Digital audio

A1.1 The Sound

A1.2 The sound perception

A1.3 Digital Audio

A1.4 Sound analysis

Appendix 2 - Musical Instrument Digital Interface, MIDI

A2.1 What is MIDI

A2.2 IN, OUT and THRU ports

A2.3 Main MIDI messages

Appendix 3 - The eLicenser Control Center

Appendix 4 - Installation of effects and virtual instruments

Appendix 5 - Essential keyboard commands

A5.1 Keyboard Shortcuts

A5.2 Creating new key commands

Did you like this book?

Dedication

To the small and big achievements that await Angela and Giorgio

To my wife Valentina, capable of sweetness and courage

Acknowledgments

Writing a book like this is not easy; it requires time, dedication, and support from family, friends, and colleagues.

Many thanks are due, starting with the students from my Steinberg certified courses. Thanks to them, every time I’m teaching a class (and in-between classes), I find myself facing new challenges, new musical genres, and productive contexts. New interests and aspirations emerge alongside passion and desire to learn and continuously do new things. Enthusiasm is what sets everything in motion, and my students are an invaluable source of it.

Thanks also to the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of the University of Pavia (Cremona branch), which welcomed with enthusiasm my proposal to apply to become a Steinberg Training Centre. We became STC in 2016, and today we are among very few other centers available in Italy in a university context.

Thanks to Steinberg and to Franco Fraccastoro for all the support during the realization of this book and for having provided graphic resources and his preface.

Thanks to my parents, because if today I am publishing this book, it is because many years ago they decided to support the journey I was willing to start.

Thanks to Alessandro Baldessari and Serena Giaminardi, who, with their excellent work of translation from Italian into English, allowed Music Production with Cubase 10 and 10.5 to spread to the whole world.

Last but not least, thanks to my family, Valentina, Angela, and little Giorgio. Thank you for being so patient during the making of the book, for always being close to me, for making every day one to remember.

Pierluigi

Preface

On the market, there are several publications on Cubase, the Digital Audio Workstation developed by Steinberg Media Technologies. This DAW generated a lot of interest thanks to its fascinating history and the number of customers who chose to adopt it - over 1.5 million users worldwide.

Cubase was born in 1983, when keyboardist Manfred Rürup and audio engineer Karl Charlie Steinberg met for a recording session of a German rock band. From that meeting, an idea came to life: creating a software application that would completely change the way music is produced around the world. In 1984, with the Commodore 64 and a self-produced MIDI interface, Charlie Steinberg developed a revolutionary software: the first multitrack MIDI sequencer. In the same year, the company presented Pro-16, the first product under the Steinberg brand.

In 1989, after several years of intense research and development, Steinberg launched a new software: Cubase 1.0. The DAW was significantly more powerful than its predecessors, with new technologies that allowed for dramatically improved visualization of musical information and a new, very simplified and intuitive way to use the software features. Since then, several releases were made with increasingly advanced and intuitive functions. The last one, released at the end of 2019, is Cubase 10.5 and includes three versions: Elements, Artist and Pro.

Music Production with Cubase 10 and 10.5 – A Practical Journey from the Basics to the Finished Track , written by Pierluigi Bontempi, Steinberg Certified Trainer and technical officer of the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of the University of Pavia, is an essential tool to learn Cubase 10 and 10.5.

The book consists of fourteen Chapters, for a total of about 220 pages, and it offers a practical, step by step approach to learning the software, from the essential functions to the most advanced ones.

Sections include the following topics: general introduction to music production, software configuration, basic operations, MixConsole, audio recording, MIDI tracks, metronome tempo management, effects, group channels and routing, editing, automation, mixing and mastering elements.

In each Chapter, topics are presented gradually, guiding the reader through each sections of the volume.

Useful Tips and Philosophy Tips help readers to explore Cubase and music production further clearly and effectively. Music production with Cubase 10 and 10.5 includes a lot of images and screenshots which are useful to clarify the topics addressed in the book.

There are five appendices concerning digital audio, MIDI, eLCC, effects installation, additional virtual instruments, and keyboard commands. These provide further support that allows delving deeply into potential issues that could arise during the production of music in digital environments.

Extra downloadable content such as projects and tracks are useful tools to learn and practice. The manual analyses all the Cubase tools that are necessary for audio production and emphasizes how to use the DAW to create and develop musical ideas.

During these years, I worked in the development and implementation of an accreditation system for Steinberg Certified Centres and Teachers in Italy, to offer reliable and professional training paths to those wishing to study Steinberg's technologies or learn specific topics (post-production, mastering, mixing, immersive sound, etc.) related to different software. Statistics indicate that first level training courses are the most popular among students. These do not require any specific competence, and they start by teaching DAW's basic functions, to conclude with more advanced features.

Music production with Cubase 10 and 10.5 takes this kind of approach and can, therefore, be used as a relevant tool for all teachers and centers that provide music training with Cubase. Moreover, the volume can offer fundamental support to musicians, songwriters, producers, aspiring world-beaters who want to deepen some specific functions of the software to improve their productions and speed up the workflow.

Franco Fraccastoro

Steinberg Product Specialist and Education Development

https://www.linkedin.com/in/franco-fraccastoro-80694220

Introduction

I have been teaching Steinberg certified music production courses for several years now. Musical and technical preparation, as well as end goals, can change significantly from case to case, but despite that, I have identified, over time, a series of skills that any aspiring producer can't ignore. I have summarised them in this book and tried to explain them clearly and logically.

In this book, all novices will find a reference guide with which to move gradually, step by step, into the fascinating and inspiring world of music production. I also invite those who already use Cubase to read the text from the beginning to the end, quickly scrolling through the sections that concern topics that they already know. This is because, although this book is conceived as an introduction to music production, I have tried to add some references to techniques and tools that are frequently little known and exploited, despite their usefulness and effectiveness.

From time to time, I have also included text boxes with general tips and reflections (Philosophy tips) or containing hints on workflow optimization (Useful tips).

The book is complemented and completed by the website http://musicproductionwithcubase.cloud . From there, you will be able to download sample materials, exercises, and all-color Hi-Res images.

I invite you to reflect on each notion or new tool I will present, putting into practice what you read several times before proceeding any further.

Make this book a reference guide to use in a practical and applied way. Feel free to use the resources provided on the website, but also create original tracks and ideas, or find extra materials to practice and consolidate your skills. Always listen to what you've worked on very carefully and critically. Only then will the new skills acquired become second nature to you, allowing you to proceed quickly, effectively, and professionally.

This book should not be considered a complete guide to Cubase. Use Cubase's official manuals ( https://steinberg.help/cubase-manuals/) if you want to learn every single software function. This text offers a non-exhaustive (it couldn't be otherwise), neat and didactical journey into Cubase. It introduces to music production with gradualness, useful advice, and also discussions on general matters that are not strictly relevant to any specific software. It hides (momentarily) all those advanced features and techniques which, if faced too early at the beginning of a journey into music production, would only generate confusion. Good teachers are not so much those that provide students with large amounts of information (for this, there are manuals and - with a little care in selecting quality sources - the Web); they are instead able to recognize what students need to progress and what would put them in trouble; they know how to help them to master new skills and make them entirely their own. I hope this book will be a good teacher for you.

In this book, I always refer to Cubase versions 10 and 10.5. They are extremely similar; however, I have highlighted the contexts in which they differ from one another (in relation to the addressed topics). What explained in the book is also largely valid for previous versions of Cubase, as long as they are not too dated.

All screenshots were taken on Windows OS; however, the differences between Windows and Mac OS Cubase versions are minimal (in essence, some items appear under the Cubase menu item, which is not available on Windows). Even the initial installation is slightly different on Mac OS, but it follows the usual procedure for installing software in that environment. Mac OS users will be able to follow without any particular problems.

Good reading and good luck. I hope this book will be the first step, or at least a significant one, towards the realization of your aspirations and your musical and artistic goals.

Pierluigi

Chapter 1 - General introduction to music production

1.1 Musicians, singers, and producers

If you are a musician or a singer and after years of study and dedication to your instrument you occasionally feel incomplete or alienated from your musical activity, do not worry: rather than a problem, this could be the stimulus you needed to embark on a new artistic adventure, that of music production. Many producers began their journey as musicians to then realize the need or desire to explore new territories, and step by step they became able to develop a musical composition from the demo to the final product.

Instruments and voices are amazing, but if you want to create a song similar to those you enjoy listening to every day, you need many other components. Going from being a musician to becoming a producer means to acquire a whole new series of skills, both technical (acoustic physics, digital audio, MIDI, audio processing, distribution formats and channels, etc.) and musical (a focus on the big picture, special attention to the arrangement and the interaction among the parts, a higher sensitivity to the communicative intent of a song and its sub-sections, etc.)

It is a long and challenging journey, but with the help of this book, Cubase, and the support material, you can move gradually, step by step, until you are able to transform your creativity into songs that are ready for release.

Learning the basics of music production is useful even if becoming a full-time producer isn't your priority, but you want to improve as a musician instead. In fact, that could only make you a better instrumentalist or singer, more aware of the general dynamics and the communicative intent of a song.

Understanding the role of the producer in contemporary music will also allow you to appreciate your role as a musician better. Finally, knowing at least the most basic production techniques will help you understand how pieces of music are created and how instrument or voice tracks can be manipulated until they become part of the songs you listen to every day.

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