Heard a story about ChatGPT on the radio this morning, so I thought I’d ask it some questions about Cubase.
In general it did an OK job. There is a bit of nuance missing when discussing Musical Timebase and Musical Mode. The description of how to write a Logical Editor Preset was pretty good. I asked it to write an LE Preset and it didn’t correctly understand what I wanted (in fairness I’m not sure what I asked it to do is even possible). But it did produce a Preset that looks like it will do what ChatGPT thought I wanted
Below is a transcript of the chat. It’s a brave new world out there
Do you know about the program Cubase
Yes, I am familiar with the program Cubase. It is a digital audio workstation (DAW) software developed by Steinberg that is used for music production, recording, editing and mixing. Cubase has been around since the 1980s and has evolved over time to become a powerful tool for music production, used by professional producers and musicians worldwide. It has a comprehensive set of features including support for MIDI and virtual instruments, audio recording and editing, mixing, mastering, and many more. Cubase is available for both Windows and macOS operating systems.
can you explain how direct monitoring works in cubase
Sure, I’d be happy to explain how direct monitoring works in Cubase.
Direct monitoring is a feature in Cubase that allows you to hear your audio signal in real-time while you are recording, without any latency or delay. This is important because when you’re recording, you want to be able to hear yourself play or sing without any delay, as even a slight delay can be distracting and make it harder to perform.
With direct monitoring, the audio signal from your microphone or instrument is sent directly to the output of your audio interface, bypassing the computer’s processing and allowing you to hear yourself without any latency. This is achieved by routing the audio signal from your audio interface’s input directly to its output.
To use direct monitoring in Cubase, you will need to make sure that your audio interface supports it. Most modern audio interfaces do, but you should check your interface’s documentation to be sure.
Once you have confirmed that your audio interface supports direct monitoring, you can enable it in Cubase by following these steps:
Open Cubase and go to Devices > Device Setup.
In the Device Setup window, select your audio interface from the list of available devices.
Click on the Control Panel button to open your audio interface’s control panel.
Look for an option called “Direct Monitoring” or “Hardware Monitoring” and enable it.
Close the audio interface’s control panel and click OK in the Device Setup window.
That’s it! With direct monitoring enabled, you should now be able to hear your audio signal in real-time while you’re recording in Cubase, without any latency or delay.
In Cubase what is the difference between Musical Mode and Musical Timebase
In Cubase, “Musical Mode” and “Musical Timebase” are two different concepts that are related to how audio and MIDI events are handled and synchronized with the project’s tempo.
Musical Mode refers to a setting that allows audio events to be stretched or compressed to fit the project’s tempo. When Musical Mode is enabled for an audio event, it will be automatically time-stretched or time-compressed to match the project’s tempo, without changing its pitch. This can be useful for matching the timing of audio loops or other recorded material to the project tempo. However, enabling Musical Mode can affect the audio quality of the stretched or compressed audio, so it is important to use it judiciously and consider using other tools such as pitch correction to adjust the pitch.
Musical Timebase, on the other hand, refers to a setting that determines how MIDI events are synchronized with the project’s tempo. When Musical Timebase is set to “Bars and Beats,” MIDI events will be aligned with the project’s bar and beat grid, and their timing will be adjusted automatically as the project tempo changes. This allows you to record and edit MIDI events with precise timing, while ensuring that they stay synchronized with the project’s tempo.
In summary, Musical Mode is a setting that affects how audio events are stretched or compressed to match the project tempo, while Musical Timebase is a setting that determines how MIDI events are synchronized with the project’s tempo. Both settings are important for creating precise and well-timed music productions in Cubase.
You’re implying that musical timebase does not effect audio tracks
I apologize for any confusion that my previous response may have caused. While Musical Timebase primarily affects MIDI events in Cubase, it can also have an impact on audio tracks that are recorded or edited in the project.
When Musical Timebase is set to “Bars and Beats,” the project tempo and bar/beat grid are used as the primary reference for timing all events, including audio tracks. This means that any audio recorded or edited in the project will be aligned with the bar and beat grid, and its timing will be adjusted automatically as the project tempo changes. This can be particularly useful when working with audio that needs to be tightly synchronized with other MIDI or audio events in the project.
So while Musical Timebase is primarily associated with MIDI events, it can also have an impact on how audio tracks are aligned and synchronized with the project’s tempo and timing grid.
I imported an audio file into Cubase and now it plays back a half step sharp. How can I fix that.
If you’ve imported an audio file into Cubase and it is playing back a half step sharp, it is likely that the sample rate of the audio file does not match the sample rate of your project. Here are some steps you can take to fix this issue:
Check the sample rate of the audio file: Right-click on the audio file in the MediaBay or Pool window and select “Audio Statistics”. The sample rate of the audio file will be displayed in the Audio Statistics window. Make a note of this sample rate.
Check the sample rate of your project: Go to “Project Setup” by navigating to “Project” and then “Project Setup” from the menu bar. Check the sample rate in the “Sample Rate” field. Make sure that it matches the sample rate of the audio file you imported.
If the sample rates do not match, you will need to either change the sample rate of your project to match the audio file, or convert the sample rate of the audio file to match your project. To change the sample rate of your project, simply select the desired sample rate from the drop-down menu in the “Sample Rate” field in the Project Setup window. To convert the sample rate of the audio file, you can use an audio file conversion software or Cubase’s built-in audio file conversion tool.
After adjusting the sample rate, you may need to reload the audio file into your project to hear the corrected pitch.
By ensuring that the sample rates of your audio files and project match, you should be able to avoid pitch issues like the one you are experiencing.
Can you write Cubase logical editor presets
Yes, I can certainly provide a brief guide on how to write Cubase Logical Editor presets.
Open the Logical Editor: To open the Logical Editor, go to the “MIDI” menu in Cubase and select “Logical Editor.”
Create a new preset: To create a new Logical Editor preset, click on the “Presets” drop-down menu and select “New Preset.” Give your new preset a name that describes what it does.
Define the condition(s): The first step in creating a Logical Editor preset is to define the condition(s) that the preset will use to identify the MIDI events you want to process. Conditions are created using a set of “Boolean” expressions, which can include things like note values, velocities, controllers, and more. To create a new condition, click on the “+” button next to the “Filter Target” box.
Define the action(s): Once you’ve defined the condition(s), you can specify the action(s) that you want the Logical Editor to perform on the selected MIDI events. This could include things like changing the velocity, adding or subtracting controller values, or transposing notes. To add a new action, click on the “+” button next to the “Action Target” box.
Test your preset: Once you’ve defined the condition(s) and action(s), test your new Logical Editor preset by clicking on the “Apply” button at the bottom of the Logical Editor window. This will apply the preset to the selected MIDI events in your project. If everything is working correctly, you should see the desired changes in your MIDI data.
Save your preset: Once you’re happy with your new Logical Editor preset, save it by clicking on the “Presets” drop-down menu and selecting “Save Preset.” This will allow you to reuse the preset in other projects or share it with other Cubase users.
Writing Cubase Logical Editor presets can take some time and practice, but it’s a powerful tool that can help you streamline your MIDI editing workflow and save time in the long run.
Can you write a cubase logical editor preset to convert all major thirds into minor thirds, just what goes into the “conditions” and “actions” sections
Yes, here is an example of a Cubase Logical Editor preset that will convert all major thirds in a MIDI part to minor thirds:
(Type is | Equal | Note)
(Pitch | modulo | 12 | Equal | 4)
(Pitch | modulo | 12 | Note Equal | “C”)
This set of conditions will select all MIDI notes that are a major third above a C, regardless of the octave.
(Value 2 | Subtract | 1)
This set of actions will subtract 1 from the pitch value of the selected MIDI notes, which will convert them from major thirds to minor thirds.
To use this preset:
Open the Logical Editor in Cubase.
Click on the “Presets” drop-down menu and select “New Preset.”
Give your new preset a name, such as “Convert Major Thirds to Minor Thirds.”
Copy and paste the above conditions and actions into the corresponding boxes in the Logical Editor.
Click the “Apply” button to test the preset on your selected MIDI notes.
If the preset is working correctly, save it by clicking on the “Presets” drop-down menu and selecting “Save Preset.”
Note: This preset assumes that you want to convert all major thirds to minor thirds that are a half step lower. If you want to convert them to the parallel minor instead, you can change the “Subtract” action to “Add” and change the value from “1” to “3”.