Video Tutorial: Using Media Bay content with Chord Track

Out of the box, Cubase comes with the Media Bay pre-populated with a stack of loops and samples. Some of these loops are provided in matched sets that provide e.g. bass, drums, piano and guitar that will each create an instrument track with the appropriate sound pre-selected in Halion Sonic when you drag them into your project. Used in conjunction with the Chord Track, this enables you to construct a sample arrangement for any chord progression in next to no time, allowing you to concentrate on refining your song content and structure without worrying about recording some scratch parts.

It may seem a bit “Band In The Box”, but anything that helps you break away from your own clichés can’t be all bad. This video looks at creating a sample arrangement for an intro to a song I’m working on at the moment and how I tackled the issue of the chord progression being longer than Cubase’s default 8 bar parts.


Video Tutorial: Adding content into Cubase’s Media Bay

Media Bay is one of those features that some people will never use, some will use occasionally and some will come to rely on.  It’s an integrated librarian for all of your loops, samples and presets and comes with enough amount of content to get you going.  But, sometimes, enough isn’t enough and you will want to add in content of your own or that you’ve purchased.  This video looks at how to add some loops into Media Bay’s library and how to tag them so that you can find them again in the future.



Video Tip: Restoring missing presets in Cubase

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is an axiom that seems to have fallen out of fashion with computer users, as we rush headlong to install all the latest upgrades and fixes.  Indeed, this site uses WordPress, the latest iteration of which has the ability to self-update, rather than requiring user intervention.  Which is all to the good, giving us ever more robust systems and increased functionality.

Until it goes wrong and something stops working.

Then, the cry goes up “it was working before”!  You can also end up with bits missing when the upgrade process isn’t as seamless as you’d like.  I found this problem when installing Cubase 7 on a new computer, with the presets for the MIDI inserts and the logical editor suddenly going AWOL.  This video shows how I restored them.