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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Jul-18 > BEAT AND PATTERN SEQUENCERS IN CUBASE 9.5


Analogue-style beat and pattern sequencers are essential – and Cubase can handle them just fine without external plug-ins. Adam Crute shows you how…


The interplay between repeated – and subtly evolving – patterns and loops lies at the heart of most genres of electronic dance music.

Whilst this is no surprise when you consider that analogue synthesis and sequencing technologies were the progenitors of the EDM sound, it does mean we need to mimic such technologies in order to create authentic and compelling dance music.

While there are DAWs that harness this approach – Propellerhead Reason being the obvious example – and any number of analogue-style synth plug-ins available, analogue-style beatbox, step sequencer and arpeggiator plug-ins aren’t as common; those that can be found are typically built as audio plug-ins, which can prove somewhat cumbersome when used for what is essentially a MIDI-based activity.

This is where Cubase’s MIDI effects plug-ins can help.


Just like audio plug-ins, MIDI plug-ins are used to create, morph and modify the content of the track they’re applied to. Adding a MIDI plug-in to a track is easy: select a MIDI track and then click on the MIDI Inserts section of the Track Inspector to reveal a set of four insert slots; click on a slot to open a list of 18 plug-ins to chose from.

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