Simple Editing of Tracks in Steinberg’s Cubase

Updated: Mar 9, 2021

After we downloaded the songs we created in AIVA, we would like to edit them. We use Steinberg’s CUBASE for this occasion. This should just give you some idea what you can do yourself in any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) of your choice, for example REAPER, which was Freeware until Version 0.99 - DOWNLOAD FREE VERSION). Another Freemium DAW is ARDOUR.

The steps that are requirement for this walk-through are

  • Generate music in AIVA

  • Take a note of the tempo (BPM) of the generated new track

  • Download and Extract the Track in MIDI Format

(Note: We use Windows 10 with Steinberg Cubase and we assume you are familiar with DAW’s so there is no need to explain all details.)

Creating the Project

  • It’s important that we know the tempo (BPM) of the MIDI file

  • Create a new empty project in Cubase

  • File menu / Import / MIDI File

  • We will be able to choose between Orchestrated and Reduced version of our track from AIVA

  • Cubase will NOT set the tempo automatically MIDI file

  • Set tempo in Cubase that you noted before

Editing the Project

  • Select Loop/Range (locators to 8 Bars) where many tracks are playing

  • Crop rest of song, just keep this range

(Note: Our Range is 8 bars long, thats 8 x 4 = 32 beats in 4/4 signature)

  • Move the range to the beginning of the project (bar 1, beat 1 = 1.1)

  • Remove unused tracks for better overview

  • Change the VST Instruments on each track to make it special and unique.

(Note: there are a lot of very good Open Source VST Instruments (which are free)

  • Copy this "Block" of 8 bars 8 times

  • Arrange

  • Start with a single track for first block from bar 1 to 8

  • Add another track for the next block from bar 9 to 16, so we have two tracks here

  • Add two other tracks for the next block from bar 17 to 24, so we have four tracks here

  • Continue like the picture below, but you can be as creative as you would like to be, just keep the structure of building in blocks of 8 bars (32 beats)

  • End of Arrangement, the eighth block can be an outro with a few dedicated tracks (1-2)

Saving our Project

(Note: Best Practice is to use a unique name like “Bebe, remember the good times” instead of Numbering your work like Song 42, Song of Today, etc)

  • File menu / Save (or Save As)

  • File menu / Export / Audio Mixdown

  • Configure the song export parameters (will be different in every DAW)

  • Choose File Type - Wave (or MP3)

  • Chose Export Audio

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