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Chapter 9. Advanced Audio Editing > Using Scrub in the Sample Editor

Using Scrub in the Sample Editor

Scrubbing is a term that comes from the era when editing was done with analog tape. To find the correct place for an edit, tape was manually shuttled back and forth—or scrubbed—over the tape head. Scrubbing is a very intuitive way to find exact locations for edit actions, and Cubase has an excellent digital scrub system built into the Sample editor.

To navigate audio by scrubbing

1.
In the Sample editor, click the Scrub tool on the toolbar (Figure 9.49).

Figure 9.49. Clicking the Scrub tool to select it.


2.
Click the waveform display near the section you want to hear (Figure 9.50) and drag to the left or right.

Figure 9.50. Moving the pointer over the area that is to be played.


The cursor will catch up to the pointer, playing the audio as it moves (Figure 9.51).

Figure 9.51. The cursor will chase the pointer, scrubbing the audio at different speeds.


Moving the pointer to the left and right and more quickly or more slowly plays the audio forward, backward, and at varying pitches. This is precisely the way real scrubbing works.


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