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Chapter 5. Recording MIDI

Chapter 5. Recording MIDI

The audio recording and editing capabilities of Cubase get so much attention that you may forget that the program also includes world-class tools for recording, editing, and manipulating MIDI data. MIDI tracks live in the Project window next to audio tracks, group tracks, and folder tracks, but they have their own recording and editing tools—along with their own special quirks.

The most common kind of MIDI data is note data. A MIDI controller, such as a keyboard or a wind controller, creates MIDI note-on and note-off events as the instrument is played. A sequencer is used to record and play back these MIDI notes. MIDI offers a great deal of flexibility, allowing you to easily change both the tempo and pitch of MIDI data, and its appeal derives largely from these abilities. You can use MIDI for much more than just recording the note data of a performance on an instrument—you can also use it to control synthesizers, effects, drum machines, and even other software.


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