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MIDI Inserts and Sends in Cubase

Wednesday November 30, 2016. 01:11 PM , from Audiotuts+
Inserts and SendsMIDI effects are similar to MIDI modifiers in that hey
modify the MIDI in real time. One thing to remember is that
these effects are not affecting the audio output, but the MIDI information
itself. This ensures a cleaner, and less processor intensive, effect that helps to achieve the desired ouput.MIDI effects can be used to change the level of the MIDI
notes or to add or delete notes. The effects can be used to create interesting
effects to your song.There's essentially two ways to add MIDI
effects to a MIDI track. Either insert them on the MIDI track or send the track to its output.When you add an effect on the Insert of the MIDI track, the
MIDI data will first be sent to the effect processor and then will be send to
the track’s output. When you add an effect on the Send of a MIDI track, the output
from both the MIDI track and the effect present to the track’s output.MIDI InsertsThe MIDI Insert section in the Inspector of the MIDI track
allows you to add up to four MIDI Insert effects.This section has the following options that help you to
adjust the settings:Preset
Management System: Use this menu to create presets that can be
later used in various projects. You have the option to create, remove or to
rename the presets that you've created. You can also select a preset from the
Track Preset option availableBypass:
This temporarily removes all the effect plugins that have been used on the
track. By bypassing the effects, you'll be able to easily understand the
effect that the plugins have on the track. Click on the button again to bring
the plugins back onlineIndicator:
This indicator will be blue if there are active inserts on the MIDI trackEffects
pop-up: This list contains all the effects that are available for the
selected track. Choose the one required and the settings of that effect
will be displayed in a nearby window. You can adjust the settings
in this window and it will be reflected in the track. Some
effects might not have a separate window, for example Compressor, the settings
of these effects are displayed in the Inspector itselfPower
button: This button lets you enable or disable an effect. Each plugin has
its own power button so you can control them individuallyPlugin
Settings (Edit): This button displays the settings that are available for
the particular effect. If the plugin has got a separate window with the
configurable options, it will be displayed in a separate window, else it will
be displayed right below the effect’s name. Sometimes if you want the settings
in another window rather than on the Inspector, you can Alt-Click this button and it will be displayed in another
window. If you feel like you need to hide the effect settings, click on
this button again and it will be hiddenMIDI SendsMIDI Sends are similar to Audio Sends. You can add up to four Sends for a MIDI track. It has the following options:Bypass:
This button temporarily disables the effect sends on the track. Use
this button to listen to the differences between the wet and dry signalIndicator:
This indicates if any sends are being activated on that specific track. The indicator will light up blue if it is active and back to its default color if
it is not activeEffect
Selection Pop-up: Like the previous options that were available for the
Inserts, you can choose between the various effects that are available in your
system for the selected track. Once you select the required effect, the
available settings will be displayed in another window. Some effects
which do not display its settings in another window can be viewed in another
separate window using the Alt-Click key combinationPower
button: This button turns the effect on and off. You can use this button to
individually control an effect. If you feel like you need to
temporarily remove one effect and keep the rest, use this button to
disable that effectPre/Post
Button: If this button is enabled, the MIDI effects will be first sent to
the send effects and then to the rest of the processors like MIDI modifiers and
MIDI InsertsEdit
Button: This brings up the available settings for each effect. Click on it again to hide the settings. Some effect controls will be available
directly below the effect; if you want it to be on another window, Alt-Click on
this button and it will be opened in another windowOutput
Menu: This determines the output that the processed MIDI effects should be
sent toOutput
Channel: This allows you to choose
the MIDI channel that the output should be routed toManaging PluginsManage the installed plugins in the machine by
clicking on the Plugin Information from the Devices menu. Click on the MIDI
Plugins tab to see all the plugins that are available. If you want to deactivate
any plugin, just uncheck the checkbox for the plugin and it will not appear in
the plugins list in the MIDI track. The second column shows the number of times
that the plugin is being used in the current project. The next two columns show
other details of the plugin that helps you in identifying the plugin.How to Add an EffectTo add an effect on a MIDI track, click on the Inspector of
the MIDI track. Select the Inserts tab and click on an empty field and select
the required effect plugin. The settings window will appear. Adjust the
settings to your liking and play back the track to the see the changes. If you
want to compare the wet and dry signal, just click on the Bypass button or the
Power button to understand the difference between them.ConclusionMIDI effects are a great way to create interesting sounds
and to change the overall feel of your song. Next time when you're working on
a MIDI track, try these various MIDI Inserts and Sends and feel the difference
in the track output.
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