I decided to dive into learning about Cubase’s transposition capabilities and after just a little time working with it, I’m delighted.
To get started, I did a simple experiment to learn about Cubase’s built-in scales. I know most of Scales on the list, but wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.
I decided to construct a set of parallel transpositions of a Major Scale, taking the next scale on the list with no semi-tone moves. I used a root note of D, so it was D Major, D Minor, D Blues 1, D Mixolydian, etc. for the entire list of scales. Most of the scales I knew, but not all, yet, for some reason I didn’t have high expectations about this really working. How wrong I was. It works like a dream. The Program got all the scales exactly right!
Cubase offers a very well-crafted and useful set of scales, lending an interesting set of colors and tonalities to work with. I have real confidence in the transposing capabilities of the program now.
I transposed some diatonic triads in a similar parallel fashion and in stepwise progression, along with a few other harmonic sequences: Cubase nailed them all. I found no errors or oddities in the notes resulting from the various transpositions. In other words, Transposition set-up seems a very clean, accurate, bug free, error free part of the program.
I have to get more deeply into all this, but I have no questions at the moment, only some praise for the program’s offerings and capabilities in terms of transposition. (Now if only it would display flat notes/keys in the key editor, root key and elsewhere Then we’d really be rock’in.)
I assigned “T” as a Key Command to “Transpose Setup” since I don’t need to switch from Int. to ext. synch, but find it really useful for invoking the Transpose set-up dialogue.
Finally, I’d like to hear any tips or suggestions or other feedback you have on using Transpose Setup or the scale set.