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Setting the Project Tempo

Any new Cubase project has a particular tempo, which is audible using the metronome, but it might not be the right tempo for the song you want to create. If you're familiar with MIDI sequencers, you will be accustomed to setting tempos before starting to record. If you have recorded exclusively audio, however, this process may be new to you. One of the fundamental differences between MIDI and audio is that MIDI is at its core a tempo-based format. MIDI can't be recorded except in reference to tempo and meter information. If you plan to record only live instruments and will never do any MIDI sequencing or looping, you can pretty much ignore the tempo settings in Cubase and just start tracking. Otherwise, you need to set a tempo before you start recording.

To set a tempo

  1. Click the Transport bar and verify that the Tempo button is clicked and is set to Track, which references its tempo to the tempo track ( Figure 3.5 ).

    Figure 3.5 When Tempo is selected, project tempo is controlled by the tempo track, and changes are edited for this track in the Tempo Track editor.

  2. From the Project menu, choose Tempo Track ( Figure 3.6 ).

    Figure 3.6 Opening the Tempo Track editor

    The Tempo Track editor opens.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Click the Tempo box at the top of the editor and type the desired tempo ( Figure 3.7 ).

      Figure 3.7 Enter the desired tempo in the Tempo box.

    • Use the up and down arrows next to the Tempo box to set the rate of the desired tempo. If you have a mouse equipped with a scroll wheel, you can use the wheel to increment and decrement many parameters, including the tempo setting in this dialog box.
  4. Close the editor when the tempo is set as you want.
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