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A total n00b writes...

Post by Zwa » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:09 am

I've got my setup arranged and loaded:

PC with Cubase LE
Tascam US-122MKII
Roland XP80

That's it for the moment. I don't for the moment have any interest in audio recording.

I want to create drum/bass tracks and then add various parts via MIDI from the Roland. However, I haven't the faintest idea how to get started at this. I started off by following the manual but fell over at the first hurdle. Creating a new Project, I don't know which one to start with.

I don't expect to have my hand held all through this process, but I find the user manual too technical and so I'm looking for some resources that don't presume I have any background in digital recording. I watched a few videos on YouTube but they seemed to gloss over the configuration parts and I really need some introduction to the basic concepts.

I guess you all had to be there once upon a time. I guess as well that I could just mess around and find the answers with trial and error, but I'd like to get going a bit quicker than that. So what resources would people recommend? Books? DVDs?

Thanks in anticipation.

Edward
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Re: A total n00b writes...

Post by halljack » Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:43 pm

Zwa wrote: guess you all had to be there once upon a time.
Ya I was there just a few years ago.

So "Zwa" where are we starting, from the start :?: Is this your question :?:

1 . File (top left)
2. new project
3. empty, OK
4. CLICK OK for now
5. project
6. add track
7. audio

to be continued :D :D


Jack :D :D :D
https://soundcloud.com/halljack505 Cubase 7.0.7 and WaveLab 7, Windows 7 Intel icore7 HP Pavllon, 18 gigs ram, Tascam US-1641 , Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0, Drumcore Free, Alesis HR-16, HR-16 B, SR-16, Ringo Starr, 1970 Strat , 1974 P-Bass,Hofner Bass. Roland D-50 & U220 Keyboards, MXL, AKG & Shure Microphones, Line 6 Pocket Pod
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Re: A total n00b writes...

Post by Zwa » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:48 am

Hi Jack

Well, thanks for the help, I suppose :roll:

Believe it or not, I'd managed to get that far. What next ....?

Zwa
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Re: A total n00b writes...

Post by halljack » Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:29 am

Zwa wrote:Believe it or not, I'd managed to get that far. What next ....?
Zwa I'm not sure how far along you are

Do you know and understand VST Connections :?:

And do you know how to make Audio and Midi tracks :?:
and do you know about the Inspector :?:

Click on these 2 links http://home.comcast.net/~halljack505/pw ... ctions.PNG

http://home.comcast.net/~halljack505/pw ... pector.PNG

Hope these help

Jack :D :D :D
https://soundcloud.com/halljack505 Cubase 7.0.7 and WaveLab 7, Windows 7 Intel icore7 HP Pavllon, 18 gigs ram, Tascam US-1641 , Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0, Drumcore Free, Alesis HR-16, HR-16 B, SR-16, Ringo Starr, 1970 Strat , 1974 P-Bass,Hofner Bass. Roland D-50 & U220 Keyboards, MXL, AKG & Shure Microphones, Line 6 Pocket Pod
Yamaha NS10'S Auratone and JBL speakers, Tascam 48 ob 8-track, Teac A-2340 4-track,
Waves Studer j37 plugin, Waves Reel ADT Tascam 22-4 and Tascam 22-2

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Re: A total n00b writes...

Post by Zwa » Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:43 am

Jack

How far along am I? Well, your very helpful pictures were news to me! So many thanks.

I did mess about with VST connections and managed to "play" some of the on-board sounds from my keyboard. I'm not at home so I can't tell you what exactly I did but there seemed to be something called Halion with a bunch of instruments in a drop-down list. I could change these and hear the changes through my headphones. Man, was that a breakthrough!

Are you getting a sense yet of just how clueless I am?

Zwa
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Re: A total n00b writes...

Post by Zwa » Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:33 am

Hold the front page.

Apparently, somewhere on the LE installation disk, are a series of tutorial videos. At least according to the company that sold me the TASCAM audio interface. So I'll take a look when I get home.....
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Re: A total n00b writes...

Post by halljack » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:08 am

Zwa wrote:Hold the front page.
OK

What is your Operating System in your PC :?:
And your using the Tascam 122 as your soundcard :?:
Midi out of the Roland is connected to your Tascam 122 midi in :?:

and you've gone to

1. Devices
2. Midi Device Manager
3. and did this http://home.comcast.net/~halljack505/pw ... anager.PNG

PS: When you mention Halion
I believe that's an Instrument track

There's 3 kinds of tracks

midi track
instrument track
audio track

For Halion check this http://home.comcast.net/~halljack505/pw ... on%201.PNG

I hardly ever use Halion (don't tell steinberg) :lol: :lol: ;)

Jack :D :D :D
https://soundcloud.com/halljack505 Cubase 7.0.7 and WaveLab 7, Windows 7 Intel icore7 HP Pavllon, 18 gigs ram, Tascam US-1641 , Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0, Drumcore Free, Alesis HR-16, HR-16 B, SR-16, Ringo Starr, 1970 Strat , 1974 P-Bass,Hofner Bass. Roland D-50 & U220 Keyboards, MXL, AKG & Shure Microphones, Line 6 Pocket Pod
Yamaha NS10'S Auratone and JBL speakers, Tascam 48 ob 8-track, Teac A-2340 4-track,
Waves Studer j37 plugin, Waves Reel ADT Tascam 22-4 and Tascam 22-2

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Re: A total n00b writes...

Post by Zwa » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:20 am

halljack wrote: What is your Operating System in your PC :?:
Windows 7 SP1
halljack wrote:And your using the Tascam 122 as your soundcard :?:
I think so ....
halljack wrote:Midi out of the Roland is connected to your Tascam 122 midi in :?:
Yes.
halljack wrote: and you've gone to

1. Devices
2. Midi Device Manager
3. and did this http://home.comcast.net/~halljack505/pw ... anager.PNG
Not yet, but I will soon :lol:
halljack wrote: PS: When you mention Halion
I believe that's an Instrument track

There's 3 kinds of tracks

midi track
instrument track
audio track

For Halion check this http://home.comcast.net/~halljack505/pw ... on%201.PNG

I hardly ever use Halion (don't tell steinberg) :lol: :lol: ;)
Ok, I'll keep that secret to myself.

Thanks for all your help - I think I'll get somewhere soon. Problem is that I'm at work, and my setup is at home, so I won't be able to do anything for a few hours.....

Zwa
Jack :D :D :D[/quote]
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Re: A total n00b writes...

Post by Guest » Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:12 pm

Hello

just to spread my experiences as well... :lol:

I had some good lessons watching the youtube-videos related to the "learning Cubase".

As a hint: Just google to "Working with Cubase" or " Arbeiten mit Cubase"
You'll get some fantastic start-up hints and tipps, which will help you a lot.


Cheers

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