Real-time midi corrections using Cubase MIDI plugins

I found this great tutorial on Music Radar of some great midi feature in Cubase I never knew about. For example, the ability to Quantize in real-time using a plugin rather than processing the midi file at all. This makes it easy to experiment with many settings and not change the original midi data!

Workhorse MIDI tools, like Cubase’s older MIDI plugins, are ideal for fine-tuning performances in real time

Correcting the MIDI information directly inside the event itself would be a destructive process, requiring several undo steps to revert back to the original performance. By applying real-time MIDI processing, you can bypass and re-order plugins, keeping the original MIDI file still intact. It’s also easier to experiment with different quantise/swing settings, velocity variations and note length adjustments.

Step 1: Here’s a basic chord progression that’s been recorded to a MIDI file. As you can see, the notes’ timings and velocities vary wildly. While some natural expression is often a good thing, we need to correct this sloppy performance.

Step 2: In Cubase’s first MIDI Insert slot, we’ve loaded a Quantizer effect. As the name implies, this quantises MIDI notes to a user-defined timing – although, unlike applying quantisation settings destructively inside the piano roll, this effect works in real time.

Step 3: Next, we use a Compressor effect to even out the notes’ differing velocity values, in exactly the same way as a regular audio compressor would. Our notes are now more consistent, with each having a more even level in comparison to one another.

Step 4: Our performance has been corrected, but non-destructively so we can mute or change the MIDI inserts’ settings to fine-tune our adjustments. Now that we’re happy with the alterations, we’ve arpeggiated the chords’ notes using Cubase’s Arpache SX effect.

Source: How to correct a MIDI recording in real-time using Cubase | Cubase MIDI plugins | Tech Tuition | MusicRadar

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