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    I'm writing a tutorial on the basics of Cubase LE. It will cover setting up an audio/midi interface, creating a first template, setting up vsti's/vst's, recording audio/midi, and basic editing. It's intended for first time users of Cubase LE. Does anyone have any suggestions on other things that should be covered?

    I'm probably going to use Google Pages but I'd like to hear any other suggestions for free web space.

    Is there any interest in this or has everyone already gone to Reaper?

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    I use LE, but I doubt I'd be any help. I probably use it at about 10% of its capability. It seems to be very capable and easy to use. I figured it out pretty much on my own and I'm a recording newbie and a computer retard.The only thing I don't like about it is that it only has 2 master effects sends. But oh well. I live with it.

    I'd love to read your tutorial though. I'm always up for learning something new.

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    Lots of interfaces come bundled with LE, so I'm sure there'd be interest. Shit, I'd even read it to make sure I was going about stuff right! I think you should put something in it about monitoring through Cubase, 16-bit vs 24-bit vs 32 bit recording, different processing techniques (normalise, Phase reverse etc). Maybe somehting about the plug ins that come with LE?
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    I think monitoring should definitely be on the list. I remember how much trouble I had with it when I started using a pc for recording (feedback!). Good call.

    The included effects and instruments are pretty lame but I'm going to use them anyway for the walk thru. I guess I could add links to some decent freebie plugs at the end.

    I'll mention 16/24/32 bit recording, although I don't know a hell of alot about it myself.

    Greg_L, has there been anything in Cubase LE that you could'nt figure out on your own or anything that's confusing?

    Thanks guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TravisinFlorida
    I think monitoring should definitely be on the list. I remember how much trouble I had with it when I started using a pc for recording (feedback!). Good call.

    The included effects and instruments are pretty lame but I'm going to use them anyway for the walk thru. I guess I could add links to some decent freebie plugs at the end.

    I'll mention 16/24/32 bit recording, although I don't know a hell of alot about it myself.

    Greg_L, has there been anything in Cubase LE that you could'nt figure out on your own or anything that's confusing?

    Thanks guys.
    Yeah, there have been lots of things that I had trouble with, but once I figured it out, I realized that the answer was right in front of me the whole time. Like multi-tracking. I have a firepod now, but I started with a Tascam US-122. It only has 2 inputs, and it took me forever to figure out how to record 2 mono tracks at once. Actually, I think it was you that walked me through it if I remember correctly. I think the most important thing before using any recording software is to know the terminology. Things like 'sends', 'inserts', 'plug-ins', 'volume envelopes', 'buses' etc. if you don't know what these things are, even reading the manual doeesn't help at all. LE is supposed to be an 'entry' level software, so maybe including a pretty in-depth glossary would be a good idea. I wish i had one when i got started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_L
    Yeah, there have been lots of things that I had trouble with, but once I figured it out, I realized that the answer was right in front of me the whole time. Like multi-tracking. I have a firepod now, but I started with a Tascam US-122. It only has 2 inputs, and it took me forever to figure out how to record 2 mono tracks at once. Actually, I think it was you that walked me through it if I remember correctly. I think the most important thing before using any recording software is to know the terminology. Things like 'sends', 'inserts', 'plug-ins', 'volume envelopes', 'buses' etc. if you don't know what these things are, even reading the manual doeesn't help at all. LE is supposed to be an 'entry' level software, so maybe including a pretty in-depth glossary would be a good idea. I wish i had one when i got started.
    Good call. I should write a separate page on mixer routing as a prerequisite to the Cubase LE tutorial. It's damn hard trying to figure out a software mixer when you don't know how a hardware mixer works. I might be biting off more than I can chew. I guess there should be a section explaining the different types of plugins too..........and effect processor parameters.

    I might point readers else where for some of this stuff. I'll do the mixer page for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TravisinFlorida
    Good call. I should write a separate page on mixer routing as a prerequisite to the Cubase LE tutorial. It's damn hard trying to figure out a software mixer when you don't know how a hardware mixer works. I might be biting off more than I can chew. I guess there should be a section explaining the different types of plugins too..........and effect processor parameters.

    I might point readers else where for some of this stuff. I'll do the mixer page for sure.
    Lol. Yeah, you're taking on quite a project.

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    Here's something you can explain right now: hitpoints. i have no idea what they are or how to use them.

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    Travis, one thing i noticed about home-recording, is the more questions you ask, the less you seem to know! Theres SO much info...but I do think something on mixer routing and LE would suffice. Like Greg, I started with a Tascam US 122...in fact, I'm still using it! There are still times I get mental blocks about basic principles of recording. I guess my point is writing a tutorial on ONLY one aspect of recording would be tough...if ya wanna talk about a sequencer, ya kinda feel inclined to mention something about interfaces, PCs, monitors, pre amps...ya get my point!
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    Greg_L, rtfm!...........................just kidding.

    Hit Points are essentially markers that let you chop up audio. For example, you have imported a sample from vinyl, say an area of the record that only contains a drum beat. Hit points attempt to automatically detect the transients in the drum beat for easy slicing. It's basically just an easy way to slice up audio. I've never needed to use it myself. I won't cover anything that I haven't used myself. I don't want to put a bunch of bad info out there.

    I think the overall plan for now is to cover the basics of Cubase LE and the basics of a mixer, which I think is essential to understanding routing. I'll provide links to other pages for things like plugins, daw setup, etc. and maybe add my own pages on this stuff later on.............or not.

    I'm not sure why I'm even doing this. I suppose it's because I remember how much time I wasted learning to use Cubase and always thought that there should be a good, easy to understand walk thru on the subject. I think LE info gets neglected because it's a freebie product.

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