[Doggiebox] DB, Cubase, tempo, and MIDI

Michael Carlyle mcarlyle at charter.net
Thu Sep 22 19:19:14 EDT 2005

Explore the power of Cubase's "tempo track".
You can edit your tempo on a grid and make it do whatever you want.

Explore, my friend.

On Sep 22, 2005, at 11:21 AM, Carl Edlund Anderson wrote:

> This is only partially related to Doggiebox, but it's been quiet here,  
> so I thought I'd post about it anyway.
> I had been yearning for audio interface for my iBook, and finally  
> settled on a Tascam US-122 (which, having heard Mike Carlyle's  
> excellent results, seemed likely to give good results without breaking  
> the bank).  It came with Cubase LE, and I've been having fun poking  
> around with that.  One of the things I've been trying to figure out  
> how to do easily is create a "groove map" for a piece has subtle tempo  
> changes so that Cubase will know where those changes occur and be able  
> to use its MIDI quantize functions correctly if I were then to layer  
> MIDI instrument tracks into the piece.
> So, I've created my DB drum track and have a fine two-channel stereo  
> AIFF that I can import into Cubase.  In this I guess I have some  
> advantage over a recording of a real drummer, since I know exactly  
> where and how great all the tempo changes are.  Cubase has some kind  
> of "find audio hitpoints" function that's supposed to scan my audio  
> file and figure out where the beats are -- I'm just not sure how well  
> that will work, since there are after all different amounts of  
> drumming at different times and I haven't just got a techno kick drum  
> whacking away at 1-2-3-4 throughout.
> I was wondering if I might be able to take advantage of DB's clever  
> option to output a MIDI file.  If I loaded that MIDI file into Cubase,  
> presumably there's some way for Cubase to pull tempo changes from the  
> MIDI file, and I could use that as a kind of "master" tempo map so  
> that I could later quantize my shaky keyboard playing or whatever.  I  
> could just mute the MIDI drum file itself and have audio provided by  
> my AIFF file exported from DB.
> Any Cubase wizards here have any ideas about how perhaps to approach  
> this?
> Cheers,
> Carl
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