A straight line, to be exact. A straight, horizontal line. With the input points of said line quantized to quarter notes.
In an automation lane. In the Key Editor. In the Controller area of the editor window. Anywhere, really. Can I just have a straight line, please?
The most obvious choice for this was the line tool. It seemed like there would be a way to select the “straight line” option and then use a keyboard modifier as you click-n-drag said line to restrict its movement to the horizontal - similar to what happens when you hold ctrl and move an automation point.
Oh good! There is! According to the manual:
“Drawing Note Events with the Line Tool
In the note display, the Line tool allows you to draw a series of contiguous note events along different line shapes.
To create contiguous note events, click and drag in the note display.
To restrict movement to horizontal, press Ctrl/Cmd and drag.
The notes have the same pitch.
If Snap is activated, the note events and controller events are positioned and sized according to the Quantize and Length Quantize values.”
Look at that! Press ctrl! In the Key Editor! That’s where I am! With the line tool! That’s what I’m using! On v9! That’s what I have! And quantized controller events, just like I want! It’s almost as if someone wrote this manual page specifically for me!
Except - no. That’s not what happens. Ctrl does not do that with the line tool - literally ANYWHERE. Holding ctrl with the line tool has the same functionality everywhere in Cubase, and that is to defeat Snap To. It does not lock the line tool to the horizontal. Why does the manual say otherwise??
Am I just crazy or something!?