Please help- question with Cubase LE

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Member Since: Oct 19, 2011

Hello, I really hope someone here can help me-- I've been frustrated by this problem for a long, long time.

So I recorded a song that is over 40 minutes long on Cubase LE, and I want to make some adjustments to the file after it has been recorded. The main issue is that with a song this long, the timing is not consistent, and I know that in Cubase or any of these types of programs you are supposed to be able to change the tempo without changing the pitch.

So what I want to do is this: I want to find the beat and put a metronome on it so that will go through the song constantly, and at the parts that don't match up I want to slow them down or speed them up accordingly so that everything will line up with the metronome.

Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to even line the metronome up, let alone change the tempo without the changing pitch for certain parts. If someone has the skill to help, I'd greatly appreciate you sharing your knowledge!!

Thanks in advance! -Greg

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Since: Jan 30, 2011

Oct 19, 2011 12:35 pm

One time I had it set to where if you change the tempo it stretched all the waveforms and made it lower. I wish I remembered how I fixed it...but I do know what youre talking about. I believe its a button on the track that toggles between "musical" and "linear" or something like that. It should be on musical if I'm not mistaken.

Sorry if thats no help whatsoever :P
Since: Feb 07, 2005

Oct 19, 2011 01:55 pm

You are looking for quantize. Check out this video and related vids.

Since: Oct 19, 2011

Oct 20, 2011 11:22 am

Thank you so much for your replies. I researched "quantizing" and it seems like it might be the way to go, but I am worried it will only work for single tracks... I have a mixed down file with guitars and drums and I don't think I'll be able to use the method when it can't focus on individual notes... but I'll see what I can do.

Also, I'm afraid I have some pieces with the same problems, but the whole song is not in the same timing. So I am wondering, can I separate the parts into different timings and change the tempo (without the pitch)? For example, could I use the scissors to cut it into separate parts and just stretch them out individually, or is not that simple?

Thanks again!

Since: May 14, 2011

Oct 20, 2011 01:48 pm

I don't know whether LE does it but you can create hit points and time warp to do a job like that in SL3 which I use. Check in the manual.

Since: Oct 19, 2011

Oct 21, 2011 01:13 am

Thanks! I looked into the time warp feature and it looks to be exactly what I need. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be included in Cubase LE versions!! (only the full versions I suppose)

So I found a way to do what I need by splitting the song up into fragments and time stretching each one to get the timing right, then connect each fragment and the song is then in perfect time. Unfortunately, there will be hundreds of fragments and this will surely take several hours.

If anyone has an easier way to do this on Cubase LE, please let me know!! (or is an upgrade affordable??)

Thanks again.


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