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Using MIDI in cubase (exporting)

Discussion in 'Cubase' started by hxckid88, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. hxckid88

    hxckid88 Active Member

    Since I don't have any sort of drum module, I want to use other software to create a MIDI drum track, and then import it into Cubase (LE). From there I want to be able to lay down other tracks (guitar and whatnot), and then export the whole thing as a .wav.

    I tried this and everything but the MIDI was exported, simply put, the song was the way I had it but there were no MIDI drums.

    Also, it was easy to keep time with the metronome, but the MIDI wasn't coming out of my headphones (which were plugged into my Firebox). When I turned up my monitor volume it was coming out of there but not my headphones.

    Can someone help me out? Thanks =D
     
  2. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Can you give us a more precise picture of your setup? Are you using some sort of GM sound set or 3rd party plug-in? Of coures, you won't be able to export midi data along w/ the audio, but here's one way you can get this done. You'll need all the tracks to be audio for this to work. You can accomplish this by setting up an audio track (to record the sound generated by the midi) and recording your drums that way.
     
  3. hxckid88

    hxckid88 Active Member

    Well you just basically answered my quesiton =P

    And yes, I'm using another piece of software to create the MIDI track and im importing it it. But I guess the only way I could do it is if I had hardware that ran through my firebox?

    My setup is simple, firebox to my PC, monitors to my firebox and soundcard(soundblasterlive).

    You just gave me the idea of using a mic to playback the MIDI and recording the MIDI that way, haha. This isn't for anything special, this is just when I have ideas and I want to lay down some tracks for a song and play it back.
     
  4. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Acutally, I was'nt quite referring to the mic setup, but moreso busing the sound generated by the midi track. This can be accomplished externally via a mixer, or "better" internally through the firebox's software mixer.
     
  5. hxckid88

    hxckid88 Active Member

    hmmm Im still not understand how I go about doing that. when I get home ill check what the settings were or whatever. all i know is i was using my soundcard's midi and the gm drum map or whatever. i dont have anything else but other software to import the midi
     
  6. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Another way would be to use a soft-synth plug-in. I will occasionally use SampleTank for some extra sounds (like guitar or drums), which I have to activate & setup through Cubase. The concept is the same as if you were setting up a midi track. The sound set is all uploaded from a bank you designate in your PC, pretty much the same as the midi sounds you're currently using. The only drawback is, it's (SampleTank) a little memory intensive, so having a large amount of ram is a must. But moreso, the main idea is to capture the best sound possible and going about it this way would be the best. There's a slew of software samplers out there, such as Halion, Native Instruments, GigaStudio & etc. Demo a few and find out which one best fits your needs.
     
  7. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    One other thing. IMO, the only drawback to using softsynths/samplers, would be "latency". Yes I notice a difference (as in a delayed attack) when playing my synth/sampler modules as oppose to the softsynths. Maybe I'll conquer this problem when I do my next major PC upgrade. :roll:
     
  8. sibleypeck

    sibleypeck Guest

    hxckid88,

    I hope you will have found out by now how to export the song the way you want it with MIDI drums. But if not, this may help:

    A) First, you must convert your MIDI tracks to audio.

    Basically, that means setting two unused tracks to "record", muting everything but the MIDI tracks you wish to convert, adjusting the levels the way you like, and pressing the record button.

    B) Second, you mix your audio tracks (including the audio recording of your MIDI tracks that you just did), and

    C) export them to a .wav file (for CD burning) or MP3 file, or whatever file format you choose.

    You should be able to do all this with the software that comes with the Firebox (assuming software comes with it), or with whatever software you're using to edit audio.

    r
     
  9. hxckid88

    hxckid88 Active Member

    yup, Igot that down. but thanks for replying :)
     
  10. sibleypeck

    sibleypeck Guest

    Perhaps you can help me, then.

    I am learning to use Cubase LE with an FW-1884. I can record audio, but do not know how to add MIDI drums.

    I want to create MIDI drums by clicking notes on the staff with a mouse (since I have no means of triggering samples). Cubase "Help" indicates this is possible by using the Score Editor, found by selecting “Open Score Editor” from the “Scores” selection under the MIDI menu. But “Open Score Editor” is grayed out when I click on "Scores". What do I need to do?
    Alternatively, are you familiar with any books that might be useful in learning to use Cubase LE?

    r
     
  11. sibleypeck

    sibleypeck Guest

    Perhaps you can help me, then.

    I am learning to use Cubase LE with an FW-1884. I can record audio, but do not know how to add MIDI drums.

    I want to create MIDI drums by clicking notes on the staff with a mouse (since I have no means of triggering samples). Cubase "Help" indicates this is possible by using the Score Editor, found by selecting “Open Score Editor” from the “Scores” selection under the MIDI menu. But “Open Score Editor” is grayed out when I click on "Scores". What do I need to do?
    Alternatively, are you familiar with any books that might be useful in learning to use Cubase LE?

    r
     
  12. sibleypeck

    sibleypeck Guest

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