The Complete Guide to Music Technology using Cubase 8 includes all the useful information from the A-Level version of the book, but it has been revised to remove all the references to A-Level work, making the book more suitable for those who are following a different academic course, or self-study. It is still packed with hundreds of useful techniques and pieces of information, and tips and tricks on features found in Cubase 8, such as use of Chord Tracks, Chord Editing and Chord Pads – All explained in practical ways that will improve your sequencing, arranging and composing. In short, if you’re not studying at A-Level, then this is the book for you. If you are, then look at the sister publication which includes A-level specific information.
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The Complete Guide to Music Technology using Cubase 8 is a practical guide for students using Cubase, going from first steps with the program right through to producing complex multi-track recordings to a high standard, while giving a solid grounding in a wide range of areas and techniques for anyone who wants to work with Music Technology.
The 540-page textbook takes the reader from the first steps with Cubase, through to being capable of producing sequences of high quality with an in-depth look at detailed programming techniques and understanding the way instruments are played and perform to allow more accurate sequencing.
A second topic area of the book is the examination of music theory and arrangements, topics which usually strike fear into the heart of most people working with Music Technology, but everything included in the book is intended to be useful in a practical scenario, and to allow the reader to make their work more interesting by using simple, practical tips which can be applied in a wide range of situations.
The book also explains a number of important concepts, techniques and devices in the sphere of audio, and gives a good primer to understand and make use of various different kinds of microphones in the studio.
The final area is a practical approach to recording, from simple initial recordings right through to complex multi-track recordings, with effects and automation applied to create professional-sounding recordings with bit-perfect mixdowns.
While some of the specific sequencing techniques included in the book apply solely to Cubase (such as the use of the Logical Editor), much of the book works in general terms and would be applicable to any sequencer platform.
In most chapters, exercises are suggested to allow the reader to practice their new-found knowledge in a directed manner, and to gain confidence as a result.