This course is targeted at those individuals who want to learn how to work with Cubase®, while at the same time seeking a deep understanding of how a computer processes audio. The emphasis will be on the former, with considerable amount of time devoted to the latter. Throughout the semester, you'll learn Cubase® from the installation point up to the inserting–effects–into–your–music point, concurrently learning about dynamic range, microphone polar patterns, and the definition of compression, to name a few.

This course is not a composition course. It is, however, a course on how to translate your compositional ideas into music quickly.

Cubase® is cross–platform. As such, all the material from the class will apply, regardless of whether you use Cubase® on a Mac or PC.

Prerequisite: the requirements for the course are that you know, or are not afraid, to troubleshoot a computer, and that you own or have access to Cubase® (either Essential, Studio, or the full version).

Topics Covered

Textbook & Readings


Cover of Cubase® 4 Power! by Robert Guérin

Title: Cubase® 4 Power!
Author: Robert Guérin
ISBN–13: 978–1–59863–002–2
ISBN–10: 1–59863–002–4


Chapter 1: Basic Concepts
pages 3 — 14
Chapter 2: Cubase Terminology
pages 15 — 32
Chapter 3: Setting Up Peripherals
pages 33 — 50
Chapter 4: Monitoring Audio
pages 51 — 67
Chapter 5: New Projects
pages 69 — 80
Chapter 6: Control Room Mixer
pages 83 — 95
Chapter 7: SoundFrame
pages 97 — 114
Chapter 8: Recording Audio
pages 115 — 127
Chapter 9: Using Instruments
pages 129 — 145
Chapter 10: Recording MIDI
pages 147 — 155
Chapter 12: Insert Effects
pages 165 — 170
Chapter 13: Pool
pages 171 — 182

Other Readings

In addition to the assigned textbook readings, I will hand out copies of sections from the MIDI spec, Electronic Musician magazine, Remix magazine, and other sources.


There will be five assignments/projects and a midterm exam. The projects are designed to give you the necessary hands–on experience to master Cubse®, while the exam is structured to test your memorization of key concepts relating to audio.

Cubase Features Comparison

Cubase® 4, Cubase® Essential 4, and Cubase® Studio 4 differ in their basic features, stock plug–ins, and advanced integration features. Here's a list:


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Homework 1: due 6 March 2009
Homework 2: due 27 March 2009
Homework 3: due 17 April 2009
Homework 4: due 8 May 2009
Homework 5: due 5 June 2009



A suggestion for some good books to have as references.

Title Cubase SX/SL — Mixing & Mastering The Computer Music Tutorial Real World Digital Audio
Author Craig Anderton and Christian Deinhardt Curtis Roads Peter Kirn
Edition First First First
ISBN 0825627206 0262680823 0321304608
Cover Cover of Cubase SX/SL — Mixing & Mastering Cover of The Computer Music Tutorial Cover of Real World Digital Audio

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