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Cubase Tutorial – Colour in Cubase 7

When I looked at Colour in Cubase 6.5, I said that I’d revisit the topic when I upgraded to Cubase 7.  Well, in between then and now, I have upgraded, but Steinberg’s aggressive program of updates meant that they were already up to release 7.04 and version 7.05 is currently on the starting blocks.  Version 7.04 included a number of enhancements in the way that users could define the colour scheme in Cubase and so create a working environment that suits them better than the stock and somewhat dark tones that C7 ships with as its default.  This video reviews how I’ve tailored my preference settings in Cubase and looks at the options available to users now:

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Video Tutorial – Parallel Compression

Parallel compression, or “New York” compression as it’s sometimes called, is an example of using an effects sends to dramatically affect a signal, then blending it back with the original to obtain a result that you couldn’t (normally) get.  This video, the last of the recent run looking at effects inserts and sends, looks at this technique in the context of a genuine mix, again using the example of “It Is Well” by Joe Gilder.

The compressor used in the example is a Native Instruments VC160 and has a “Dry” control that enables you to create the parallel compression as an insert on the source track, by blending the original dry signal with the effected signal all in the one plug-in.

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Video Tutorial – Side Chaining using Sends

This second video looking at some uses of sends gives examples of the use of the side chain, (or “key input” as it’s sometimes referred to), to control the application of an effect such as a compressor not by the signal passing though it, but by the signal on a different track.  Typically, the side chain is used to trigger a compressor, but this can be used on other effects.

The song used in the video for some of the examples is my mix of “It Is Well” by Joe Gilder, using the sessions recorded for his Help Of The Helpless album.