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Chapter 4. Recording Audio > Playing Back Cycle-Recorded Parts

Playing Back Cycle-Recorded Parts

Much of the power of cycle recording audio is in the ability to create master takes of solos or instrumental parts out of bits and pieces of various different takes. The idea is that a perfect solo is a rare thing, so it's handy to be able to replace the occasional clunker note or slack timing with a good part from another take. We'll discuss how to create such a composite take (often called a comp) later in the book. For now, we'll explore how to listen to the various takes that were just recorded in cycle mode. After you stop recording, Cubase always plays back the most recently recorded loop, but you can easily hear any of your takes.

To listen to the loops in a cycle-recorded part

Right-click the cycle-recorded part in the Project window.

On the menu that opens, select the Set to Region option (Figure 4.37).

Figure 4.37. This menu determines which cycle-recorded take is played back.

The last take is selected because it was just recorded.

Select a different take in the Set to Region menu and click it (Figure 4.38).

Figure 4.38. Take 2 is selected.

This other region will appear in the Project window and start playing back (Figure 4.39).

Figure 4.39. Both the waveform in the Project window and the audio playback will switch to the selected take.

✓ Tip

  • If you're recording yourself, a good way to start getting tracks is to set the locators so that you can cycle record the whole song. Play or sing the tracks a few times, and often that will give you good material to work with.

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