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Steinberg Cubase 6

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

OBJECTIVE

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

BACKGROUND

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.

Step 1
Import the track you want to analyze (note that this one is almost two minutes long).

1-Import-track

Step 2
Double-click on the track to open the sample editor, and make sure that Musical mode is off (gray).

2-Musical-Mode

Step 3
Go to Project > Tempo Detection to bring up the Tempo Detection panel.

3-TempoDetection

Step 4
Click on the Tempo Detection panel’s Analyze button, then wait for analysis to complete. Cubase will generate a tempo track.

4-Analyze

Step 5
Turn on Click in the transport, and start playback to verify that the clip audio matches up with the metronome.

5-Click

Step 6
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.

6-Correct

TIPS

¦ 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.