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INTEGRATING EXTERNAL EFFECTS AND SYNTHS IN CUBASE 9.5

External effects and synths are enjoying renewed popularity. Thankfully, it’s easy to work with external hardware in Cubase. Adam Crute shows you how…

CUBASE TUTORIAL

TECHNIQUE INTEGRATING EXTERNAL EFFECTS AND SYNTHS IN CUBASE

We often take for granted just how amazing a modern DAW like Cubase actually is. We fire up a new project, grab a few of our favourite instruments and samplers and throw them into tracks. And while we may ultimately be limited by the available system resources, we aren’t directly limited in the number of instances of a synth or effect that we can use. In a matter of seconds we can create a project setup that, once upon a time, would have required tens of thousands of pounds-worth of high-end studio gear to create.

Editing and working with effects and synths is much simpler nowadays too: Rather than squinting myopically at tiny LCD displays, we bask in the glory of detailed control panels displayed on HD screens. And of course everything is seamlessly integrated into the DAW so that parameters and settings are stored along with the rest of the project’s data.

Yet despite all of this, my first choice for reverbs and big washy effects remains my old Ensoniq DP-Pro. When a synth bass or string sound is called for, it’s my trusty Roland MKS-50 that I turn to. And if I need a searing lead or rich pad sound then I’m more likely to fire up my Supernova than to load an instance of Massive.

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