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Chapter 5. Recording MIDI > Playing Back Stacked MIDI Tracks

Playing Back Stacked MIDI Tracks

Recording MIDI in Stacked mode isn't exactly like recording audio in Stacked mode, but it's reasonably close. A new take is created with each pass, and each take is visible right in the project window, where takes are called laps. The main difference between audio and MIDI recording in Stacked mode has to do with the inherent difference between audio and MIDI. Each audio track in Cubase can play back one audio stream at a time, whereas each MIDI track can contain almost unlimited numbers of notes and other data. In theory, every MIDI part recorded in Stacked mode can play simultaneously, but only one part or one section of the audio recorded in Stacked mode can play back at a time.

Cubase gets around this problem by muting each take, or lap, except the last one. Figure 5.29 shows the same track (with the same set of takes) that is in Figure 4.28 except that it has been edited a bit. All but one lap is darkened, which means that Cubase has muted the others. If you wanted, you could unmute every take, but then instead of a single track of mediocre keyboard playing, Cubase would play back a cacophony of five simultaneous takes of mediocre keyboard playing, all at the same time.


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