OBJECTIVE: After creating a project, experiment with the order of different parts of the project to create new arrangements. BACKGROUND: Cubase allows creating an Arrangement Track, which lets you define particular parts of the project (e.g., verse, chorus, fill, etc.). You can then assemble these parts into a Playlist, and play the parts back in a different order. For example, you might want to insert an additional fill, or change where a verse occurs.
- As you’ll likely be marking off parts of the song with measure boundaries, select Grid for the Snap parameter, and set the value to a Bar.
- Go Project > Add Track > Arranger.
- The Arranger Track appears; move it above the other tracks if desired.
- Click on the pencil tool, then click and drag in the Arranger Track to mark off song segments. These can overlap (in this example, the D part includes the last four bars of the B part and the first four bars from the C part).
- To create the Playlist, choose the Arrow tool, then double-click on the segments in the desired order.
- To rename a segment, click on the Show Event Infoline button if the Infoline is not already showing. Then click on the segment to select it, and rename it under the Infoline’s Name field.
- To alter the arrangement, click on the Open Arranger Editor button; the Arranger Editor window appears. Click on a part in the Current Arranger Chain, and move it up or down in the chain.
- To play back the arrangement, click on the Activate Arranger Mode button, then click on Play.
- In Step 1, set a grid with finer resolution if you need sections that are smaller than a measure (e.g., part of a fill).
- You can change the length of an Arrangement part, as well as move it, by using the Arrow tool and applying standard resizing/moving techniques.
- The Arranger Editor has many powerful features, such as setting the number of repeats for a part. Check the Cubase Operation Manual for details.