I record a melody on an instrument track with a strings patch (HALion One, for example).
When I look at the MIDI editor, the notes are “ahead” of the beat, but sound on the beat.
I can think of two reasons.
- Cubase is compensating for latency and initiating the note early.
- Because of the attack time of the instrument, I actually play the note slightly early, perhaps without consiously realizing it because I want the peak to occur on beat.
Question 1: In the MIDI editor does Cubase show you where it ACTUALLY sends the “note on” signal to the VSTi or is it showing you where the “note on” would finally actually be heard after the VSTi processes the “note on”?
Questions 2: Is there a way to quantize some fixed number of ticks “ahead” of the beat? If I quantize in the case described above, of course, all the notes are now slightly late (either due to latency, attack time or both).
Thanks for any help.