Q. Can you help me with drum editing in Cubase 5?

Published in SOS February 2013
Bookmark and Share

I have to edit eight tracks of drums on six songs. Generally there are four to six takes. I'm using Cubase 5 and would like to know the easiest way to edit the tracks. Obviously I'm using the 'lanes fixed' option for the kick, snare, hi-hat and overheads, but it will take forever to solo each take. Any ideas on how I can make the process easier? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Via SOS web site

In Cubase 6.5, Steinberg greatly improved their comping tools, making it much easier to edit together the best sections of a multi-take, multitrack recording.In Cubase 6.5, Steinberg greatly improved their comping tools, making it much easier to edit together the best sections of a multi-take, multitrack recording.

SOS Reviews Editor Matt Houghton replies: In all honesty, I found this sort of work to be a royal pain in the posterior in Cubase 5, so the first thing I'll recommend is that if you're planning to do this sort of work a lot, it would be well worth you upgrading to the latest version of Cubase (v6.5 at the time of writing, but check our Cubase 7 review on page 20!), assuming your computer and OS are up to the task. Among many other features that have been added or refined, the multitrack, multitake editing functions have been overhauled specifically in 6.5 to make the task you describe much easier, and along the way they've added more useful tools. Read our reviews of Cubase 6 (/sos/apr11/articles/cubase-6.htm) and Cubase 6.5 (/sos/jun12/articles/cubase-6-5.htm) and you'll soon see what I mean!

If you prefer to stay within Cubase 5, the best I can suggest is a workaround. When making edits to multitrack drums, you'll want to select all tracks at the same time for each take. There's no sense just punching in a different section of the snare mic, for example, as any spill from other instruments will cause problems with the other tracks, and you'll still have the original snare in the other mics, potentially causing phase-relationship problems with the punched-in part. Personally, I'd create a folder track to house the multiple tracks for each take, so that you have four to six folders — one for each take — and eight tracks within each folder. The reasons for this are twofold. Firstly, it enables you to use the solo button on each folder to instantly audition the desired take; secondly, it allows you to use scissors on the folder to edit all tracks for a take in one action, and to use the mute tool to silence the other takes at that point. When you then come to comping your take you can have a master folder with eight tracks on to which you can drag and drop the relevant takes. As I said, it's an onerous process, and although there are other ways to skin this cat, they're equally burdensome in my opinion. So if you're doing any amount of multitrack, multi-take editing, it would be well worth updating to the latest version of Cubase (and of course you'll get many more features into the bargain).    .


October 2014
On sale now at main newsagents and bookstores (or buy direct from the
SOS Web Shop)
SOS current Print Magazine: click here for FULL Contents list
Click image for October 2014
WIN Great Prizes in SOS Competitions!

 

Home | Search | News | Current Issue | Tablet Mag | Articles | Forum | Subscribe | Shop | Readers Ads

Advertise | Information | Privacy Policy | Support | Login Help

 

Email: Contact SOS

Telephone: +44 (0)1954 789888

Fax: +44 (0)1954 789895

Registered Office: Media House, Trafalgar Way, Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB23 8SQ, United Kingdom.

Sound On Sound Ltd is registered in England and Wales.

Company number: 3015516 VAT number: GB 638 5307 26

         

All contents copyright © SOS Publications Group and/or its licensors, 1985-2014. All rights reserved.
The contents of this article are subject to worldwide copyright protection and reproduction in whole or part, whether mechanical or electronic, is expressly forbidden without the prior written consent of the Publishers. Great care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the preparation of this article but neither Sound On Sound Limited nor the publishers can be held responsible for its contents. The views expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the publishers.

Web site designed & maintained by PB Associates | SOS | Relative Media