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Learn Power App | Steinberg Cubase 6

By Craig Anderton | September 1, 2011

Derive a tempo map from a project''s audio track to allow importing additional clips and loops that follow the project tempo.

Cubase offers several ways to warp tempo to audio, or audio to tempo. However, Cubase 6''s Tempo Detection algorithm can analyze lengthy tracks and create a tempo map, even if the tempo varies.


Import the track you want to analyze (note that this one is almost two minutes long).


Double-click on the track to open the sample editor, and make sure that Musical mode is off (gray).


Go to Project > Tempo Detection to bring up the Tempo Detection panel.


Click on the Tempo Detection panel''s Analyze button, then wait for analysis to complete. Cubase will generate a tempo track.


Turn on Click in the transport, and start playback to verify that the clip audio matches up with the metronome.


Even with varying tempos, most of the time Cubase will get the analysis right. If not, the documentation describes how to use several tools to fine-tune the analysis process.


  • Step 1: The audio must be at least seven seconds long, and have identifiable beats.
  • If after analysis you import REX or Acidized files, they will conform to the new tempo map automatically. With standard clips, select the clip, then go to Audio > Advanced > Stretch to Project Tempo. Often, this is all that''s needed to conform the clip to tempo.

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