Harmonization and Intelligent Composing Tools | New Features in Cubase 7

[Music] in this chapter we’ll explore the new harmonization and intelligent composing assistance tools in qa7 the chord track allows you to build musical progressions by creating chord events court events don’t generate any sound instead they control or transpose playback on MIDI instrument and audio tracks let’s start by creating an instrument track using the project menu in the add track command next we’ll use the same menu sequence to create a chord track to create a new chord event select the pencil tool and click on the chord track everywhere you want a new chord to start let’s add several since these new chords are undefined their name is shown as an X you select the beginning position of the chord and it plays until the next chord to edit a chord take the selection tool and double-click the chord event you want to edit this window has two tabs editor and chord assistant use the editor tab to select at least a root and type court events can also have a tension and a bass note for more complexity the notes which make up the chord are shown on the mini keyboard at the bottom and you can use this icon in the corner to add a new chord event without leaving the editor then select the new chords root type and tension click anywhere outside the window to close it to hear what the cord –trackevent sounds like make sure that the audition cords button is active and that the target track is selected in the drop-down menu you can click on a cord to hear it or you can start playback to hear them in order the buttons at the bottom of the chord track are used to resolve display conflicts by resizing and to show scales will discuss scales in just a minute the chord assistant can help you come up with new musical ideas double click an empty chord event switch to the chord assistant tab and move the complexity slider to the right to generate more sophisticated options which are shown in the results pane click on the results pane to hear what they sound like [Music] then double-click on the next empty Court event and continue [Music] now let’s play this from the start you there are many more options available let’s create an empty Court event between two other chords and double click on it to open the chord assistant and again set the complexity around 3 the icon to the right of the complexity slider controls the gap mode gap mode controls how the chord assistant makes its suggestions and it can be set to analyze only the chord before the gap or it can be set to analyze the chords before and after at the very bottom are the controls for the mode and type of chord progression these controls also configure how the chord assistant decides which chords are recommended if you select cadence chord assistant will recommend chords based on how they fit into several familiar patterns and progressions for example a classic blues progression is the 1 4 5 pattern cadence is useful if you’re trying to create within a specific musical style click on the gear icon to configure your complexity filters the further right you move the complexity slider more of these options are enabled for example you can choose the option to substitute source chord this would allow the court adviser to use C major or its relative chord a minor by comparison in the common notes mode the chord advisor basis it’s suggestions on the number of notes that you want to stay the same from chord to chord in common notes mode the gear icon gives us different options you can click and drag chord events using standard techniques and they’ll respond to the snap function if you have snap enabled remember that their duration is determined by when the next chord event occurs the core track inspector is a little different from the other inspectors one of the most important controls is the audition chords button which must be active to hear the output of the chord track the mute time bass and lock controls are the same as other inspectors next is the voicings menu the chords voicing describes which pitches are used to create it a C major chord is made up of at least the notes C E and G but those notes might be played one way on a piano and a different way on a guitar the different arrangements of the notes is called the voicing you can also have different voicings on the same instrument for example that same C major chord could be voiced as a triad in the first inversion or in the second version and the chord track inspector gives you control of all these variables the first drop-down menu lets you select piano voicing guitar voicing or basic the second drop-down menu lets you adjust the structure of the chord let’s listen to this chord progression in the piano voicing now let’s change to the guitar voicing and let’s also call up a guitar sound with a picking performance style and listen again [Music] the structure of a chord depends on the musical scale it’s associated with you can click on the scale events and here the scale for each chord [Music] you can also select the pencil tool and create new scale events before you construct the chord events this will cause the chord to be forced into that specific scale this is useful when composing for a specific style or musical genre you can see there are a wide variety of scales to choose from [Music] you can make other tracks follow the structure of your chord track when you add a chord track to a project a chord track tab is added to the inspector of every track in the project you can use this to make the track follow the chord track to show how this works I’m going to record a basic triad over and over again it won’t fit with the existing chords at all now I’ll enable follow chord track now listen and you can do this in real time while you play if you want to [Music] you can transform chords into MIDI notes by simply dragging the court event to a MIDI or instrument track you can assign a chord progression to the quarter MIDI insert or to the pads on halle and Sonic se let’s create two instrument tracks and create instances of Hallie and Sonic se for each to keep things simple I’ll set each of these instruments to piano sounds on the first of our new instruments open the MIDI insert section of the inspector click in the insert slot to open the MIDI effects popup menu and select the quarter the effect is automatically activated and its control panel opens if you haven’t played with this before quarter lets you create chords then trigger them from a single key open the drop down menu at the top pick a style and a chord and you can see the notes required for this chord appear on the quarter pane but now you can create these chords from the chord track – I’ll cycle the learn button to reset quarter now all you have to do is drag chord events from the chord track to the quarter panel the first chord event is mapped to the drop position and all subsequent court events are mapped grammatically and if I set quarter to accept multiple layers you can select up to eighth chord events at once and drag them all on to the quarter panel chords with more than one occurrence are only assigned once hit the corresponding keys on your MIDI keyboard to play back the chords you you can also drag and drop chord events to the pads in Halion sonic se open up the instrument editor for the second instance of Hallie and Sonic se select a chord event and drag it to one of the Haley and Sonic SAE pads and click the pad to hear it [Music] you can also grab up to eight cord events at once and drag them to the first pad the first chord event is mapped to the pad where you dropped it and all subsequent chord events are mapped to other paths click the corresponding keys on the Hallie and Sonic SCE keyboard to trigger them now let’s move on to the next chapter and see how her mode tuning can help make all of these great chords sound even better [Music]

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. This TRULY AWESOME!!! I was going to say that they forgot about "Inversions", but then the video mentioned it. The only thing I think I would add is an option for "Close" and "Open" chord positions ie: Close for music like Jazz, and Open for those wide "Aaron Copland" like harmonies. Maybe you could add that for 7.5. This may push me to upgrade from 6.0!!!!

  2. "Composing Assistant" – a composer doesn't need something like this because a composer can actually PLAY an instrument. "Non-Composers Assistant" would be a far better name…
    But still 7.5 is great! 🙂

  3. I got a question. 

    All these videos allways starts with chord progressions.

    Is there an example / tutorial where we can see how to work with chords while we first have a melodie?

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