MIDI Generator Tips for Cubase

Cubase has always been one of the most powerful DAWs when it comes to MIDI programming, but did you know you don't even need a keyboard to create beats and melodies? Read on to find out how it works'¦  

1. Discover MIDI FX

On any MIDI or Instrument track, go to the Inspector panel on the left and click on the MIDI Inserts tab. Here you can load up to four MIDI FX per channel. Unlike audio effects, MIDI effects generate or process MIDI and not sound, so you'll still need an instrument of some kind connected to the channel. Click on an effect slot and choose an effect. Some interpret incoming or existing MIDI and others can generate it from scratch. The Step Designer for example provides you with a mini sequencer within Cubase. It can have multiple patterns and you can change length, resolution and swing as well as storing and loading presets. It's monophonic and great for acid basslines.

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2. Render Virtual to Real MIDI

Any MIDI you enter into this or similar plug-ins remains virtual and can be edited at any time. To make it '

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