I have two passions: film and music, in that order. Since film has always come first, my knowledge of audio engineering is not as strong as my knowledge and skills in film. I do a lot of home studio recordings and I score my own films using Kontakt 3 for my orchestral instrument sounds. As I’ve grown as a composer I’ve found my ability with Midi and audio engineering unable to keep up with my composing skills. I’m still stuck in the dark ages of either notating in Sibelius and exporting to a .mid file or notating directly in Cubase. I prefer Sibelius for the notation and score display.
I’m now looking for ways to make my scores more realistic. The biggest thing I’m lacking that I want to do in my scores is dynamic volume and pitch changes. I’d love for a horn to play, say, 3 whole measures of the same note tied together, all the while getting louder and stronger. However, all I know how to do is grab a horn sample and plunk down 3 bars of the same note, it’s very dull. Is there a way in Cubase to draw in midi articulations? This is where the first part of my question comes in about timelines.
Being a film maker by heart, the idea of editing on a timeline is very natural to me. I like being able to create keyframes for things. For instance, the only way I know of to automate an effect is to turn on the read and write for the entire channel and move the sliders by hand over time. Is there a way to do this on a timeline like in a video editor? I’d love to be able to see, say, a reverb effect on the timeline and be able to easily draw in or add keyframes for the automation. This relates to the other question because I was wondering if it’s possible to draw in dynamics changes for Midi as well? Can I automate or create a Midi “note” that will change the volume and velocity of all other notes as long as it exists much like using midi notes for autotune?
I know some people will say “well, just get on the keyboard and play it in!” The problem is that a keyboard still isn’t always as intricate as I would like. It seems more intuitive for me to manually add articulations so I can get them EXACTLY how I want. Of course, the other issue is that I’m a guitar player by trade and a piano hobbyist, it would not be feasible for me to play my compositions in.
I hope all my ramblings make sense, and sorry for the novel of a first post! Thanks for taking the time to read this!