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Chapter 8.  MIDI Editing Windows

Chapter 8. MIDI Editing Windows

The main advantage of MIDI over audio can be summed up in one word: flexibility. MIDI’s flexibility comes from the fact that you can modify the harmonic, rhythmic, melodic, as well as sonic content of any musical part at will when your performance is recorded as MIDI events. Once the editing is completed, setting things down as audio for the final mixdown is usually desired. Using MIDI devices such as samplers, musicians can also recreate a wide variety of musical instruments. Now that MIDI triggered VSTi can benefit from processing, typically reserved for audio, the creative power for musicians is even greater. The MIDI editors in Cubase reflect these facts very well and give you full control over every aspect of MIDI editing. This is, after all, where Cubase earned its first stripes as professional software, and it continues to do so by offering different editing environments to reflect the versatility MIDI offers when it comes to its editable parameters.

Here’s a summary of what you will learn in this chapter:

  • Explore the different areas of the Key, Drum, and List Editors.

  • Work with the MIDI editing tools available in the MIDI editors.

  • Understand the differences between each editor and the purpose behind them.

  • Learn how to edit MIDI note events and control change events.

  • Discover how to use step recording to enter MIDI events into a project.

  • Learn how to use and create drum maps.



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