Hello all from a recent transplant from Digital Performer. I’m incredibly happy to have made the move to Cubase and I hope you might consider the following requests/susggestions as possible enhancements to an an amazing piece of software.
1 - I would love the ability to assign tempo to note values other than quarter notes. Figuring out tempos for compound meters (where typically the tempo would expressed as a dotted quarter for example) requires a good deal of math, and the problem becomes worse when a piece alternates between compound and simple meters. I hate to say it, but this is pretty basic musical syntax which cubase seems to ignore. I’ve seen other threads addressing this topic and i hope that adding my voice here might help move things forward.
2.- I’d love to see some improved video functionality. I’m aware that Cubase will be getting some video enhancements in the near future. I’m hoping they will include the following:
Bounce to picture - currently I have to export material to DP to make quicktimes to send to directors.
Streamer overlay - I’m using a program called streamers to handle all my picture needs at present because Cubase can’t do streamers/flutters or a big counter overlay. When I’m recording with other musicians, the ability to cue them from my DAW is a huge time saver.
- This a small one - can you please consider the option to quantize markers! If I add a bunch of markers without grid being switched on and they’re not on the grid but should be, I have to move each one by hand…
This one might be difficult to describe. While the “warp time” feature in Cubase and DP’s “adjust beats” are similar, DP has a few additional bits of functionality which are incredibly useful:
A) the choice to move individual beats or whole measures
B) The ability to snap beats or measures to midi events
C) most importantly, the ability to change the tempo after the beat you’ve moved. Say I have an improvisation that I’ve played without reference to Cubase’s tempo. Let’s say that the music is roughly 92 bpm, and I’ve lined the first note at the sequence start. What I’d love is to be able to move the second barline to my improvisation’s bar 2 and for Cubase to now know that I’m roughly at 92 bpm. My piece will now be looking immediately much more comprehensible. And all I will have to do is adjust subsequent measures and/or beats incrementally to get a perfect tempo map. Right now, Cubase forces me to adjust each beat by hand. (I know there is an auto guess tempo feature, but I’ve not found it to be particularly successful…)
5- a small one. Split notes in DP brings up a search dialogue that allow me to extract multiple notes from a midi part in one move, and put them wherever I need. I highlight a piece of midi, choose split notes and a little interface appears. I have options such as top/bottom notes etc or (and this is what I’d love in Cubase) a little keyboard which lets me choose specific notes (say C3, Ab4 and F#2). I can now cut/copy these notes, put them on their own track etc. This has been SO useful to me!
- Lastly - please please please think about updating the score editor. I know that a lot of people are hoping for some kind of integration with Dorico, but I imagine that that is a huge task. In the meantime, the current transcription engine is requires constant massaging to make even basic editing possible. I much prefer to use real notation rather than piano roll if at all possible and it is such a drag to keep having change clefs, or basic note durations to get something legible.
I hope the above thoughts are useful.