[Doggiebox] DB, Cubase, tempo, and MIDI

Charlie the_lonely_sea at iinet.net.au
Fri Sep 23 06:55:26 EDT 2005


I'm sure there will be a way to do this as you describe.  I use Pro- 
Tools and do exactly that - Cubase is supposed to be more MIDI  
friendly than PT, so I'm guessing it's a goer.

FWIW - in Pro Tools, I import the AIFF and the MIDI file and line  
them up at the same start point.  PT imports the tempo (and tempo  
changes) from the MIDI file - (this is also handy for general  
navigation).    I mute the MIDI track and - hey presto - you have a  
nice tempo set up.  If the kit I'm using doesn't have MIDI notes  
assigned, I just assign any old thing to each sound as I never  
actually use the MIDI drums to trigger any sounds - I find the DB set  
as good ( or indeed better) than any Pro Tools MIDI sounds I have

Lots of luck


On 22/09/2005, at 11:21 PM, 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
> -- 
> Carl Edlund Anderson
> mailto:cea at carlaz.com
> http://www.carlaz.com/
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