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Chapter 3. Starting a Project > Importing a Loop

Importing a Loop

Over the past few years, loop-based music production has become increasingly common in all types of music. There are entire audio applications dedicated to working with audio loops, some built for use on stage and some for the recording studio. Cubase SX 2 is not exclusively a looping program, but it includes many tools for creating, importing, editing, and tempo-matching loops. The following section shows you how to use audio loops when recording, as well as how to match a loop to the tempo of a project or match your project tempo to a particular loop.

Using drum loops

Metronomes and audio clicks are certainly useful, but why record to a click when you can use a drum loop instead? A carefully selected drum loop, from a loop CD or other source, can help you get the feel of a track together right from the start. Setting up a loop across a project and setting the tempo of a project to match that loop involves some audio-editing tasks that are covered here somewhat out of order. Keep in mind that more advanced audio editing, tempo tricks, and file management are covered later in this book.


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