The Chord Track And Chord Pads | Getting Started With Cubase Elements 10

The core track and cord pads are two amazing compositional tools that come included with Cu base elements in this video we're going to take a look at how you can use them to quickly create music and also control VST instruments like Hallie and Sonic see, we're also going to have a perfect play through with the VST amp rack I've created myself, a held and Sonic see, track that's. The first thing to do before you use the core track now I'm, adding a chord track into my project, and I'm going to set the. Chord track up to monitor through the Halon, sonic see, Channel right, mouse click to get your toolbox, grab your pencil and start entering these blocks, which are basically chords, so they're building blocks or the foundation for the production, which we're creating I've got snap to grid on. So you can see that they're locking in perfectly with my grid double-click on the first X to load up the circle of fifths at the top I've got C. And at the moment, this is my root or main chord. And all of these. Chords around C, or which ever chord I have at the top will be chords that will fit together really well in a chord progression.

There are thousands of number-one hits that have been written with just the chords in that top sector in a circle of fifths and that's. What makes it such a powerful compositional tool? You can just use you cursor keys on your computer keyboard to move backwards and forwards in between the chords. And at any point in time, you can just grab your pencil and start entering.

More and develop your idea further, of course, with contemporary songwriting, repetitions, good. So a lot of the time once you've got that initial idea or that initial musical sentence, it's, a matter of repeating it. You can also play notes on an external MIDI keyboard.

And the chord editor will tell you what the chord is, which is great, if you're not too sure about music theory. Once it comes up with an idea have a listen. And if it's not right the best thing about the core track is you can just move these.

Blocks around I feel like these two musical sentences were too close together. So I'll just drag the second one out by another bar and that's immediately given me more space in between these two sentences down in the lower zone. We've got chord pads, it's fairly self-explanatory, they're pads that contain chords, and we can trigger them externally using a MIDI controller. We can also take the chords that we've just added up in the chord track and assign them to pads down the bottom. Now the great thing. About being able to trigger them externally is you really only need one finger? So this is another way of having a little more creative freedom like this because I can press down with one finger and then choose the timing of where these chords are going to sit in my project when you've found an idea to simply hit record and start playing away it's easy to edit that we've just recorded.

You can resize the event by picking up on the bottom left and right handles. And then you can move events. Around and copy and paste by picking up on the handle on the right-hand side of the event. And now I've got the perfect building block. I can further shape my sound by editing the instrument, which is Helen sonic ac. Every preset in Halon, sonic see comes with its very own set of quick controls it's, a really quick way of shaping sound go across to the Edit tab for more parameters, which will help you shape your sound, even further held and Sonic see has 8 pads of its own inside the instrument.

And you. Can right mouse click to assign trigger notes and do things like take a snapshot of some chords all I need to do is play some notes on my keyboard, and it's instantly assigned those notes to the chord pad. Once again, all you need to do is go to a blank pad, right? Mouse, click, take a snapshot of the chord play some notes on your keyboard. And instantly its assigned this gives us even more pad options for recording inside a Cu base there are loads of content inside held and Sonic, S III. And it also comes. With 16 slots, which we can load presets into, you can assign MIDI channels to these slots.

So I'm, just adding a MIDI track, giving it a name. And now on the left-hand side, I can assign the output or where I'm going to connect this MIDI track to. So you can see it's connected to Halon sonic as seen at the moment, it's specified to channel 2. But if I change that to channel 1, my MIDI channel is now controlling channel 1 and Halon sonic AC it's easy to assign channels, I'm going to assign this now to. Channel 2 and go over and load a preset into the second slot. It keeps things nice and clean and easy.

It means now I've got 16 slots and I can assign 16 MIDI channels to this slot. And the sounds are all coming from the one instrument. So there's only one instance of Halon, sonic see, 3 once you've found the right, preset, it's, a matter of messing around with the quick controls and finding something that works for your track. You can also automate the movement on these quick controls and change the.

Automation out in the main project window like groove, agent, Helen, Sonic, S III comes with it's, very own suite of powerful, inbuilt effects. So everything can be done inside the box. Cu base Elements, 10 comes with a VST amp rack. So it's time to plug the guitar in and start playing along the top of the VST air Back. You can see a number of tabs at the moment I'm in the master tab, which gives me access to the EQ, a master volume and also a tuner. So you just need to press the button in like you would with.

A guitar pedal to access the tuner. And once you've finished tuning your guitar, make sure you press down on that button again, to turn off the bypass, recording sections of guitar and Cu base elements is really easy I'm in cycle record mode, and I've set up to cycle record points, and I've just cycling backwards and forwards and Cu base is recording every take that I do in between these two points, I'm going to take a moment to do a little of a play through with the VST amp rack. So you can get some. Idea of the full functionality, let's first, take a look at the microphone tab there's, a condenser and a sm57, and we can blend in between each mic, but have a listen as I move the microphones around. So to condense is more of a HIFI sound placing or faxes. And this will give us a classic sm57 let's move over to the amplifier section and there's a number of classic guitar. Amplifiers that have been carefully modeled for the VST and back let's just have a place root and a listen to some of them.There are so many presets in the VST amp rack in each preset contains a different combination of pedals, both pre and post, amplifiers cabinets.

And of course, master EQ settings, you'll find a preset for pretty much every genre. So if you're not used to putting together a whole entire signal chain, don't worry, engineers have done that job for you even down to microphone placement combinations, which is not something we can all do in a small apartment or a house. The other great thing about.

Having this as a plug-in built right into Cu base elements is you don't need to have a lot of guitar gear? You can find a sound that's gonna work instantly in your track and just hit record. And of course, you don't need to record with the perfect sound either because you can always go back in and tweak it afterwards. Thanks for taking the time to stop by there's, plenty more videos, just like this on the Cu base YouTube channel, please stop by and subscribe and leave us comments to let us know how your. Creative with Cu base elements, I'll, see you there you.

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