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Cubase Tips & Techniques
Published June 2013
By John Walden

The following audio examples accompany the Cubase workshop in SOS June 2013 (/sos/jun13/articles/cubase-0613.htm), in which John Walden explores some of the more creative uses of the new Chord Track that was introduced in Cubase 7.

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Re-Chord Me JW Audio Example 1

A drums/piano mix of the original chord sequence — not the most original three-chord sequence ever recorded, but useful for this workshop example.

Re-Chord Me JW Audio Example 2

The same short song section, but with the bass, guitar and vocal melody added to the mix.

Re-Chord Me JW Audio Example 3

A drums/piano mix of the chord sequence, after some experimentation with the Chord Editor and Chord Assistant, as described in the main article. It's still not going to rip up the charts but is more interesting than the original. The piano was re-pitched by following the Chord Track changes.

Re-Chord Me JW Audio Example 4

The same short song section with the revised chord sequence, but with the bass, guitar and vocal melody added to the mix. The piano, bass and vocal tracks have been re-pitched by following the Chord Track. The guitar track had to be re-recorded.

Re-Chord Me JW Audio Example 5

As an additional example, here is the same song section, but this time the Chord Track has been used to substitute minor chords for the major chords in the original progression. The piano was re-pitched by following changes made to the Chord Track.

Re-Chord Me JW Audio Example 6

The same short song section with the chord sequence adjusted to minor from major, but with the bass, guitar and vocal melody added to the mix. The piano, bass and vocal tracks have been re-pitched by following the Chord Track. The guitar track had to be re-recorded.  

Published June 2013