Cubase 8.1 and Aftertouch


I’m now using Cubase 8.1 and loving it.  It’s very stable, detailed and complex, but allows me to have great fun and produce music when I want to.

Here’s ‘Aftertouch’, my song for WW1.  It tells the story of a man who is sent to the Somme, away from his Wife, and the reason the ‘Aftertouch’ is so important to them both.  Please have a listen and let me know what you think.

I’m Back (At Last)

After several months of inactivity, my journey with Cubase 7 resumes.  Denise is making excellent progress with her recovery, which is so great!  I now feel able to give some time to my music again, without worrying too much.

I’ve started a song called ‘Walk With Me’, which I hope to work on a lot over the near future.  I’m very excited about the possibilities that the Chord Track gives, especially with vocals.  I’ve also experimented with CurveEQ, mapping an EQ from a commercial track to mine.  Interesting results!

So, here I am agin with a work in progress.  I’ll keep you posted about how it goes. • View topic – Remember this Cubase user please

The last two weeks have been a life-changing time for our family.
Denise, my wife, had a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage which needed a 7.5 hour
operation and intensive care in a leading UK neurological centre.
Happily, she’s home now and recovering from the trauma.

I posted about this on the Cubase 7 forum and received many warm and
loving messages of support from people around the world.  I’ll never
meet them in reality, but in the internet age such messages were
wonderful for us all to receive.  My heartfelt thanks go to all in the
Cubase world.

You can view the messages below. • View topic – Remember this Cubase user please.

Cubase Certified Video Tutorials + I Was A Boy 2

I started a thread at about tutorial videos.  The latest to come out are ‘Steinberg Certified’ from SWA, a respected company in this field.  They’ve released a teaser video, which I’ve seen and seems OK as far as it goes.

Check out the thread below: • View topic – Cubase Certified Video Tutorials.

At the moment I really want to get to grips with audio warping.  I can do it fine, I just want to be really comfortable with it in a variety of situations.  I’m using it in I Was A Boy, the new track, perhaps for the first time at any real level.  It’s fun and effective.

Progress is being made with the arrangement.  I haven’t settled on it yet, but it’s coming.


I Was A Boy 1 (Working Project)

I’m currently working on a piece that is really making me learn some of Cubase 7’s functions.  Possibly top of that list is the Track Presets.

Here’s what it looks like so far..


Not really a big project, but I’ve bounced down several tracks.  I do wish by the way, that Steinberg could colour the tracks as well as the parts, both in the Project Windows and the MixConsole.  Perhaps in Cubase 7.0.3?

My keyboard is a Yamaha KX8, which I find perfect for my use.  I don’t use the on-board controls much, except perhaps the transport controls.  The action is lovely and just makes me want to play.

This song doesn’t yet have a fixed title.  Style wise, it’s a cross between Stevie Wonder (Innervisions) and Steely Dan (Aja).  I use the Arturia Moog VST on this, which has a lovely flowing quality about it

I’ve used Track Presets on the tracks here.  I find them a useful starting point, but some of them (drums), just don’t seem to do the job very well out of the box.  Cymbals seem to me to lose life.  Perhaps it’s my fault – I can’t claim to be the world’s greatest when it comes to mixing.

I really enjoy this version of Cubase.  Looking at the forums, a lot of users don’t like the colour scheme, but I do.  I really like the MixConsole, but like some others, I’m not yet comfortable with the rotary controls on the channel strip when using a mouse.  I’ll get there.  I really like the track viewing choices.  I have a dual screen system, and usually use one screen for the MixConsole.  That’s a big improvement over Cubase 6.5.

Updates to follow when I’ve worked on this piece a little more.

Hi And Welcome

Steinberg Creativity First

Steinberg Creativity First


This is the first post of an (hopefully) interesting journey using Steinberg’s Cubase 7 to realise ideas that have been floating about my creative head for a while now.

First of all though, just a few words about me.  I’m a retired music teacher who was lucky enough to be teaching when music technology really made a breakthrough with the advent of MIDI in 1983.  Since then, I’ve followed developments with both a keen interest and as a practising musician in my home studio, writing for video and fun.

I’ve used Steinberg products since the Pro24 sequencer for the Atari (God bless the Atari).  I was also lucky enough with Denise my Wife, to meet David Nicholson from Steinberg in 1989.  He gave us a disk of the then unreleased Cubase 1 for the Atari, which changed the ball game in terms of what a sequencer could do and look like.  Armed also with a Midex on the Atari, the studio came to life.

I had a few years off from music in the mid 90s and thereby didn’t keep up with developments in the music technology world.  I came back with Cubase SX3 and the changes were enormous.  A steep leaning curve had to be climbed, including the work that could be done with audio.

Now it’s the turn of Cubase 7.  The adventure begins.  Feel free to come with me – I hope you enjoy it.