Cubase quick tip: Shuffle

APRIL 1, 2013 in PRODUCTION TIPS

I promised to post some production tips, so let’s kick off with a workflow-related tip which I find myself using a lot in Cubase. Say you have recorded a long take of mangled drums for example, and you’ve cut out the best pieces of this take and deleted the rest of the take. The track in question would look something like this:

shuffle-1

Now, you would like to join these pieces of audio together again so that they’re easier to continue working with, for instance for a second round of resampling. A really quick way of achieving this is by (1) selecting all the parts except the first, (2) entering shuffle mode and (3) dragging your selection to the left a little bit. Like so:

1:

shuffle-3

2:

shuffle-2

3:

shuffle-4

The result? All audio parts are now neatly arranged side by side. Nice and easy.

shuffle-5

If you have cut out pieces of audio from a long take of unquantized material, such as a recording of various foley sounds or whatever, using this tip in conjunction with quantize can do wonders for quickly creating rhythmical sequences out of any type of audio.