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Chapter 4. Recording Audio

Chapter 4. Recording Audio

Let's move on to the more creative and rewarding tasks of creating some new tracks. If you've spent time recording on any hard-disk recording system, many Cubase functions will seem familiar and intuitive. If instead you have worked with tape decks or are new to recording, some functions may take a bit of time to get used to— but soon you will become comfortable with operations that may seem a bit strange and fiddly at first.

You'll start this chapter by learning how to configure the inputs and outputs of your sound and then how to record a single mono track from sound card input. Then you'll learn how to record multiple tracks and how to record in stereo. You'll also learn how to set up Cubase to automatically start and stop recording at selected points in time and how to record more than one take while looping, so you can then select the best takes without interrupting the flow of the recording process. In addition, you'll learn how to record using the Stacked mode, new to SX 2; this mode is specifically designed for creating one great take out of many individual ones.

One of the primary goals of the Cubase interface is to provide as much power and control as possible in the main Project window, where you'll do most of your work. You'll also learn about particular situations where another window may be easier to use.

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