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Chapter 6. Entering MIDI Manually > Setting Note Velocity

Setting Note Velocity

MIDI involves more parameters than just pitch and duration. One of the more important parameters is velocity. Velocity relates back to the keyboard and synth origins of MIDI; it is a measure of how hard a key is struck. For non-keyboard sounds, the velocity essentially controls how loudly a note is sounded, though of course not every sound or synth responds in the same way to velocity information.

Like most things MIDI, velocity is recorded using a not terribly intuitive scale that ranges from 1 to 127. By default, the Cubase Key editor uses a velocity of 100 for notes entered by hand with the Draw tool. You'll learn how to change velocity for an individual note later in this chapter, but in some cases you will know ahead of time that you want notes to have a particular velocity. For a techno bass line, for instance, you may want to use maximum velocity, or 127, for each note.


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