Christopher Robert Morgan, Ph.D.
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Converting a Cubase MIDI Sequence to Digital Audio
This document will take you through the steps necessary to convert a MIDI sequence
into a digital audio file.
When you finished, you will have exported a digital audio file that is ready
to be burned onto an audio CD.
With this framework, you should be able to use any MIDI/Digital Audio program
to convert MIDI sequences to digital audio.
- Add a track by double-clicking in the Tracks window.
- In the "C" column, change the track from MIDI to Digital Audio.
- Make sure the audio voice/channel number is odd. It needs to be odd
for the track to be stereo.
- Open the Inspector. Click on Enable
- From the Panels Menu, choose VST Channel Mixer.
- Push the Mute/Alt 3-4 button on the Mackie Mixer for your synthesizer to
send the audio signal to the computer.
- Push Record in Cubase. You should see levels in the VST Channel Mixer.
If not, make sure that RCA In is the input source.
- If the levels clip, Undo the recording, turn down the gain and redo the
If you don't see any levels, the yellow monitoring button may have accidentally
turned off. Just turn it on again.
- When finished, set the Left and Right indicators to the beginning and end
of your audio track.
- Turn off the Inspector's Enable and Monitoring
buttons. Leave the stereo button on.
- From the File Menu, choose Export - Export Audio. Deselect "Import
to Pool" etc.
- Name the file and be sure to check that it worked by looking at it in a
program like SoundEdit-16.
Other programs that have this capability are Digital Performer, Studio Vision
and Protools. Good Luck!
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