I’m a long time Logic user and I finally got around to installing Cubase 7 (I know - I’m a version behind, I’ll catch up later) and WOW. I’m loving it so far, and I’ve kind of fallen out of love with Logic. But I have one question, and it’s a bit difficult to explain. It has to do with how Logic defines an individual sequence vs. the way Cubase seems to do it, at least with the settings out of the box.
I can explain this by example - assume that I would like to record a four-bar sequence on a single instrument track and this sequence will start on bar 3. This will be PLAYED on the keyboard (I am quite a good keyboardist), and will not be quantized or step-entered, etc.
The first note is on the first beat of bar 3. The problem is that I will be deliberately be playing ever so slightly ahead of the beat, so the first note will actually have a starting tick value of 18.104.22.1680 or so instead of a tick value of 22.214.171.124 (I upped my PPQ base to 2048 ticks per quarter note, but you get the idea).
In Logic, when you play slightly ahead of the beat like this, it will still show the sequence on the timeline as spanning only from bar 3 to bar 6, and when you move this sequence around in the Arrange window, it correctly moves the note that was played ahead of the beat along with the rest of the sequence - it doesn’t attempt to split the note or leave the note cut away, it understands that you meant that note to be part of the sequence starting on bar 3. You can also loop this sequence and it will work the way you’d expect - meaning the early note is repeated perfectly.
However in Cubase, at least the way I have it set now (defaults), it will show the sequence as spanning from the beginning of bar 2, even though bar 2 only has one event that is at the very end, and is really actually the first note of the next bar.
So my question is - is there a setting somewhere in Cubase that will cause such a sequence, with the first couple of notes played slightly ahead of the downbeat of the first measure, to be displayed as though the sequence starts on that downbeat, rather than the start of the previous measure? For the kind of music I do, this would be enormously helpful and frankly it’s one of the main reasons I stuck with Logic for so long.