Published on July 25, 2014
Compiling a Track on Cubase LE5 : Compiling a Track on Cubase LE5 b y Leonardo Pereira Introduction to Music Production 2014 Assignment II PowerPoint Presentation: Part 1: Selecting the best parts of two audio tracks Imagine you recorded two acoustic guitar tracks and named them Guitar 1A and Guitar 1B. You thought that the first 10 seconds of Guitar 1A are good and you want to keep them. So you can select that part by dragging the selection tool on the meter from 0 all the way to the 10 second mark. Drag PowerPoint Presentation: Part 2: Cutting the selected parts After that, you can select the CUT tool, just place it on the 10 second part and click. You will notice that the file will be split automatically. Cut Place it here PowerPoint Presentation: Part 2: Cutting the selected parts Then, you just drag that selection down to create a new Audio track, which in this case was automatically named Audio 03 by Cubase . The first part of your new track is ready. Drag it down PowerPoint Presentation: Part 2: Cutting the selected parts Now, let’s suppose you compared what is left of the two guitar tracks and decided that your performance was better in the middle of the second one. There’s more personality and you want to keep it. So you just repeat what was done previously: select the part you want (in this case, the next 5 seconds of Guitar 1B)… PowerPoint Presentation: Part 2: Cutting the selected parts …use the CUT tool to split it, creating a new part… PowerPoint Presentation: Part 2: Cutting the selected parts …and drag it down to Audio 03, uniting both parts. PowerPoint Presentation: Part 2: Cutting the selected parts The same thing can be done to the end of Guitar 1A. Now you have a completely new Audio track formed by distinct parts of two previous files. There’s just one detail: the first 2 parts sound great together, but the third one doesn’t seem to fit well. There’s a weird pop or gap.. Let’s see what happened… PowerPoint Presentation: Part 3: Correcting eventual mistakes Using the ZOOM tool, you can see that actually there was a bit of a gap between part 2 and 3, probably because you didn’t drag the file properly. You can just drag it closer to the previous part in order to eliminate that audible gap. PowerPoint Presentation: Part 3: Correcting eventual mistakes And to make it accurately , you can zoom in even more, until you start seeing the sound waves. Now just drag the third part of your file closer to the second one to unite them. PowerPoint Presentation: Part 3: Correcting eventual mistakes Play the selection to see if you notice anything else that might need correction. Make sure you mute the other two tracks so they don’t distract you. If it sounds good, we’re almost finished. Play Mute PowerPoint Presentation: Part 4: Uniting all parts Now that you have a new audio file created from the other two, you have to glue ” them so you won’t have the unpleasant experience of separating them accidently while working on other tracks you probably want to record. On Cubase , there’s a tool called… GLUE! After selecting it, click right behind those lines that separate the files and they will become one single track. Glue PowerPoint Presentation: Part 4: Uniting all parts Did you notice that now the individual files became just one renamed Audio 03? There you go! Your comp track is ready! You can even delete Guitars 1A and 1B, in case you don’t need them any more. Glue PowerPoint Presentation: Part 5: The end ! Play it one more time to check and… cool! It’s done! Thanks a lot! Feel free to make any comments!