I was entering a progression in the chord track and one of the chords I wanted was a C(b5), no 7th just a flat five. When I listened back it was just playing a regular C chord. With the chord editor open, looking at the keyboard at the bottom, toggling the b5/#11 on and off doesn’t change the notes in the chord at all at all. However if the 7 is selected in the b5 does change the chord notes.
Trying all the other tension options, the b9, #9, and #5/b13 also have no effect except when the 7th is selected. I assume the reason for this is because normally these tensions occur with 7th. But I’ve got two issues with this.
- Why does Cubase care if I want to do something atypical. A program that doesn’t get sharps and flats right has no business policing my use or non-use of 7ths.
- If Cubase is going to restrict the use of an option, at least grey it out like it does for the 11 when using a major chord.