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CUBASE5andEDIROLPCR300/500/800 TUTORIALS

LastEdited:August8th,2009

HiFolks, Originallycreatedthisformyownreference,anditissolelyforthepurposeoftryingtosimplifythe programmingandconfigurationsettingsforthePCRSeriesMIDIcontrollerstoworkwithinCubasewith asmucheaseandasmuchfunctionalityaspossible.Thistutorialassumesyoualreadyhavethebasic midifunctionofyourcontroller IamnewtoMIDIandhavingpurchasedthePCRoriginallyinthehopesitwouldbeasimplefeattouse allthedialsandfaders.IquicklylearneditsnotjustaplugandplaydeviceandthatsimplyCubasewill recognize.Itneedstobeprogrammedandconfigured.ThisdocumentiswhatIhavelearnedandIwould liketosharewiththeCubasecommunityforthenewbiesthatareexperiencingsimilarissues. ThereisstillaplethoraofthingstolearnwithCubaseandthePCRController.AsIbecomeawareof themIwillupdatethismanualasneeded.Hopethishelpssomepeople!JasonD.

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EDIROLPCR300/500/800DRUMPADPROGRAMMINGFORCUBASEGROOVEAGENT1 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. SelectEDITonthePCRDevice SelectthePadyouwouldliketoprogram.Ex.A1A2A3A4ETC. TheLEDwillflashthenameofthepadyouselected. PressENTER RotatetheVALUEknobtothelefttillnt(note)isdisplayedintheLED. PressENTERmakesurent0isdisplayedintheLED PressENTERagain. Ch1shouldbedisplayed,againpressENTER IntheLEDyouwillseenplusanumber.Thenumberisthenotevaluewhichiswhatyou wanttoassigntothatspecifickey. a. OpenGrooveAgentinCubaseandselecttheKityouwanttouse. b. ClickontheGrooveAgentpadsinCubasetofindthesoundsyouwanttoprogramto thepadsonthePCRDevice.(MAKENOTEOFTHENOTEVALUEONTHEPADSIN GROOVEAGENT)ForExampleyoushouldseeC1,G#2,D3onthepadsinGroove Agent,writethemdown. c. UsingthechartprovidedbelowMIDINoteKeyNumberChartyoucanlocatethenote valuetobeprogrammedforthePCRPad. i. Example:ThekitIfoundhasaniceKickDrumonthepadinGrooveAgent labeledA1IfIrefertothechartbelowIfindA1isMIDInote#45 10. BacktothePCR,andyoullwanttoroletheVALUEknobuntilitisatthedesirednote number.Inmycaseitis#45(Soyoushouldseen45intheLEDdisplayorwhateverthenote numberisyourelookingfor. 11. PressENTER 12. Youwillseeb0PressENTERagain.

YoureDone!Nowtheprogrammedpadshouldbeilluminatedandwhentappedshouldproducethe soundofthebeatyouarelookingfor.

Octave -1 -1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

C 0 12 24 36 48 60 72 84 96 108 120

C#/Db 1 13 25 37 49 61 73 85 97 109 121

D 2 14 26 38 50 62 74 86 98 110 122

D#/Eb 3 15 27 39 51 63 75 87 99 111 123

E 4 16 28 40 52 64 76 88

F 5 17 29 41 53 65 77 89

F#/Gb 6 18 30 42 54 66 78 90 102 114 126

G 7 19 31 43 55 67 79 91 103 115 127

G#/Ab 8 20 32 44 56 68 80 92 104 116 -

A 9 21 33 45 57 69 81 93 104 117 -

A#/Bb 10 22 34 46 58 70 82 94 106 118 -

B 11 23 35 47 59 71 83 95 107 119 -

100 101 112 113 124 125

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CUBASE5QUICKCONTROLSFORHALION1/PROLOGUE/MYSTIC/SPECTRE (HowtoprogramthePCR300/500/800withQuickControlsforSoftsynthFilterControl) Thisisabriefandquicktutorialonhowtoprogramthe8RotaryFaderknobslocatedonthetopofthe PCR300/500/800tocontrolthefiltersanddialsfoundintheCubaseSoftsynthssuchasHalionONE, Prologue,Mystic,GrooveAgent1etc.Thiswillalsoworkforthefadersliderslocatedontheright handsideofthekeyboard. HeresthescenarioyouredoingsomeMIDIrecordingandyouareusingHalionONEorsomesoft synthandhaveagreatsound,butitwouldgreatifyoucouldusetheknobstocontrolsomeofthe soundshapinganddialinsomeresonanceandmodifythecutoff.YourPCRispluggedinconfigured, andthepianokeysareworkinggreat,buttherotaryfadersdontdoanythingwithinthesoftsynth. CubasedoesntknowtheyrethereandHaliondoesntknowtheyrethereeitherWELL!!! QUICKCONTROLStotherescue!!! CubasehaswithinitafeatureIjustdiscoveredcalledQuickControlsthatallowsyoutoassignupto8 MIDItriggerswhichcanbeassignedtovariousfunctionswithinthesoftsynths.Itisversatileand handytouseandeliminatesthefrustrationoftryingtoconfigureaMIDIcontrollerandmappingetc.I spenthourstryingtofigureouthowtogetthedialstoworkandthisisbyfarthequickestandeasiest todo,justfollowthesesteps. TEACHINGTHEQUICKSETKNOBSINCUBASE 1. OPENCUBASE 2. FROMTHEMENUBARGOTODEVICESANDTHENDEVICESETUP 3. UNDERREMOTEDEVICESSELECTQUICKCONTROLSYOUSHOULDSEETHEFOLLOWINGON YOURSCREEN.

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4. SETYOURMIDIINPUTTOEDIROLPCR2 5. SETTHEMIDIOUTPUTTOEDIROLMIDIOUT 6. INORDERFORCUBASETORECOGNIZETHEROTARYDIALSYOUWILLHAVETOTEACHTHE8 CONTROLSAVAILABLEINQUICKCONTROLSSETUPHERE.TODOSO a. SelectthetopcontrolinthelistonCubase b. Readyyourhandonthefirstrotarydial c. Atthesametimetakeyourmouse,leftclickandholddowntheLEARNbutton. d. Starttorotatethefirstdialbackandforththenreleasethemousebutton. i. Youshouldseethenumbervalueschangeforthatquickcontrol. e. Repeatstepsathroughtodforeachrotarydial (IassignedrotaryknobsR1throughtoR8toQuickControls1throughto8.ForexampleR1 assignedtoControl1,R2toControl2andsoon.) 7. WHENFINISHEDHERE,CLICKONAPPLYANDCLOSETHEDEVICESETTINGSWINDOW.THE DIALSARENOWREADYTOBESETUPFORYOURSOFTSYNTH. ASSIGNINGTHEPCRROTARYDIALSTOTHESOFTSYNTHDIALSANDFADERSINCUBASE

AssumingyouhaveyourSoftsynthloadedandready,forexampleIhaveHalionOneloadedwiththe sampleIwillbeusing.IntheaboveexampleontheleftyoucanseeinCubaseintheleftpanethereis atabcalledQuickControls.Ifyouclickonit,itwillexpand,revealing8emptyslots.Fromtopto bottomtheseareyour8availablecontrols1beingthetopmostslotand8beingthebottom.These arethecontrolsyouprogrammedtotherotaryknobsintheprevioussectionofthetutorial. WiththeseQuickcontrolsCubasehassimplifiedthetaskofassigningsoftsynthcontrolstotheMIDI controlknobsandfaders.Onthenextpageyouwillseegeneralinstructionsforprogrammingthese knobsonthePCRDevice.

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1. Leftclickinthe1stslotwhichinmycaseisControl1R1.Youshouldseeasimilarmenudrop downasillustratedintheaboveimage. 2. Locateyourselectedsoftsynthinthelistandclickthe+toexpandthelistofavailable controls.IhavechosentheResonancecontrolformyfirstknob.Samegoesforthesecond slotControl2R2onlyIhaveselectedCutoffasthecontrolforthatknob. 3. Repeatsteps1and2foreachadditionalknobyouwanttoassignfunctionsto. Eachsoftsythi.e.Halion,Prologue,MysticandGA1allhavetheirownspecificsetofcontrols availableforeachonethatcanbeassigned.Theoptionsarealmostlimitless. TUNDRASTRUCKPCANDAUDIOSERVICES2009. Page5

Yo oushouldno owbeableto ocontrolthef filtersandkn nobswithinyoursoftsynth h.Goonandgive itatry.Playanoteoracho ordandthenrotatetheassignedcontrolknobandseehowit re esponds.Ifyo ouweresuccessfulyoush houldseethe eknobordialinthesoftsy ynthmoveinsync withyouturni w ingtheassign nedknobonthePCRdevice. Co ongratulation nsifyougotitworking.P PleasenoteIa amstillanam mateuratthis sanditsalla a le earningexper rienceforme e.Ifyounotic ceanyerrorsorhaveanyproblemswiththe in nstructions,p pleaseemailm metech@tun ndrastruck.co omandIwilltrymybestt torespond. oyouall,andIwillbemod difyingthisdo ocumentasIlearnmore. Bestofluckto tayTuned. St Ja asonD.

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