So. The problem: say that I want to write a piece in D major (possibly with modulations to other keys) but I only want to write on the key editor and play on my keyboard the “white keys” or C major.
Cubase offers many solutions to sorta achieve this with transposition, but none seems to fully help me.
What I’ve tried:
- The transpose track. Simple, easy and works. Setup to “2” and all the midi tracks are transposed when playing and when previewing the notes. Want to modulate to another key? Just add another event and set a new value. The only problem is that it doesn’t transport incoming notes, so I don’t have the “play C on my keyboard, hear and record D on Cubase” effect.
- Transpose track + Input transformer: The incoming notes are transposed but not their sound, so playing the same note on the keyboard and auditioning it in the key editor results in different notes being played
- Transpose track + Midi transform: it doesn’t work since the transpositions are summed
- Midi transform in the track: this works. The notes are transposed during playback, when recording from the external MIDI keyboard and when previewing them. The problem is that every time you want to when to modulate to a different key, you should automate a change of the Transpose parameter or the Midi Transformer on every track! This so time consuming if compared to the Transpose track when you can just add an event and have all the tracks follow it
What am I missing? Thanks!