Musical mode, where have you been all my life?
I’ve started creating short drum loops (2 or 4 bars in length) using Cubase’s great musical mode feature and a fully mic’ed live drum kit. Sounds great, works as advertised. Now I get to use a tempo track when I craft a song this way and I can really tweak the timing on the finished track. It’s worth it for the control over ritards alone !
I’ve got a very simple test running right now. Ive recorded one 2 bar drum loop, and repeated it numerous times across a 4 minute song (using shared copies). Important point here - since this loop was recorded on a multi-mic’ed kit, it’s actually ten 2-bar loops repeated multiple times, all playing back simultaneously (ten tracks for ten mics, including the overheads and a couple rooms). All tracks are in musical mode, and they are following my tempo track changes nicely.
Only problem is - my system (Win 7 Q9550 Quadcore, 8GB ram) slows to a crawl whenever I tweak the tempo track. If I change one of my tempo ramps even by 1 bpm, the system freezes for 30-40 seconds while (I assume) it recalculates my ten tracks of repeating 2-bar long musical mode drum loops.
Am I doing something wrong, work-flow wise? Or is my system not up to this? It’s fairly modern, but are ten musical mode tracks just too much to recalculate in real time? Even if I just click Mute on a loop, I get this 30-40 second system freeze before it finishes up muting and returns control of Cubase to me.
Any help appreciated! If I disable the ten tracks of loops temporarily, the problem goes away completely (until I re-enable them, of course). So it’s definitely something to do with the musical mode loops.
P.S. Not using plug-ins yet either…