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Chapter 5. Recording MIDI > Recording MIDI Controller Data

Recording MIDI Controller Data

MIDI is more than just notes. The MIDI specification also includes continuous controller (CC) data, or even sysex data. CC data provides one of the fantastic features of MIDI: it allows you to use the tactile knobs and sliders on a MIDI controller to modify parameters like volume, pan, and filter cutoff on MIDI devices, or within your sequencer, in real time. You can usually use CC to control almost any MIDI parameter, but a common use where tactile control via CCs is preferable is to modify the cutoff on a synth filter. It's much more intuitive to turn a physical knob to find just the right spot for filter cutoff than to do the same thing with the mouse. Cubase can record this data much like it records note data, and if you change a controller during recording (by moving the pitch wheel on your synth, for example), Cubase will record the CC data with the MIDI notes.

CC data is recorded with a performance, but often you can also use it to add dynamic elements to a performance after the fact. For example, you can use the modulation wheel on a MIDI controller to control the behavior of a filter in a synth.


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