Display and set quantization parameters per MIDI region (regardless of track)

We need to be able to quickly set and review the quantization for individual MIDI regions regardless of what track they are on in the timeline. I don’t see a way to currently do this in Cubase, i.e., once you’ve changed the grid to different settings, I don’t see a way to click on a previously quantized MIDI region and view its current quantization values. You can do something like this per track by using the MIDI quantize plugin per track, but even that constrains the regions on that track to what the quantize plugin is set to.

In the attached screenshot, MIDI_region_quantize_info_below_toolbar.png, I show what it might look like in the info display under the toolbar when you click on a MIDI region and it’s current quantization info is recalled.

In the attached screenshot, MIDI_region_quantize_inspector.png, I show what it might look like if there was a region based MIDi quantize inspector instead of the current track based quantize inspector.

But the idea is when you click on a region (regardless of track location) you can instantly revisit and change the quantize parameters. I don’t necessarily need to see a grid like the quantize panel displays, use iterative quantization, or open the key editor to hear what’s going on with Q values, strength and swing. I just need to be able to recall, review and change the quantize settings as quickly as possible.

There should be an option/preference for MIDI quantization to be finer grained region based as opposed to track based.


What exactly do you mean by that? I didn’t know a MIDI event had a unique and singular quantize setting.
I use quantization sparingly and on individually selected notes in an event using “Soft Quantize” option (with a setting of 10% or so). Some notes might get a straight quantize value (such as 16 notes) while other notes might get quantized to a triplet value. Most notes do not get quantized though.

How would your proposed feature work on the above example?

I constructed the screenshots to show how clicking on MIDI regions could work in Cubase if it implemented a way to recall the current MIDI quantization settings for all the notes in a MIDI region being quantized the same way. This is common in other DAWs and if you are coming to Cubase from other DAWs, you will miss not being able to see and change the quantization settings per region this way.

I joined the forum to perhaps read about how to have a workflow in Cubase that matches what our clients see in other DAWs like Logic. Some of our clients working in Logic on MacOS are collaborating with people who run exclusively on Windows and have difficulty interchanging work between Logic and Cubase projects because Cubase lacks MIDI functionality offered by Logic. Logic has a region panel in its inspector display which always shows the current quantize settings for a selected region. Logic offers quantization settings like the combination of 1/16 + 1/16T quantization which isn’t found in Cubase.

Another resource I’ve found is the archived club Cubase presentations given by Gregg Ondo, the field marketing manager for Steinberg North America. These are marathon 2-3 hour online sessions where Gregg presents issues he’s helped users solve, and then takes questions thru the chat. Someone has made an index of the topics covered in these sessions going back before 2020-2021 for Cubase 10 and 11. That archive can be found under h t t p colon doubleforward slash cubaseindex dot com slash cubaseindex2021_001 I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Gregg in person and he has helped me with Cubase issues. He usually always has an answer or workaround to help. But even in the club Cubase session, someone pointed out what CDR80 documents above, and Gregg seemed surprised Cubase does not save and display the quantization value already applied to MIDI.

So thanks cdr80 for posting this feature request and here’s my vote. I’d guess Gregg and the user who asked him about it would vote for it as well.