Tutorial - Blue Cat's Digital Peak Meter Pro In Cubase (Live)

Tutorial Description

In this tutorial you will learn how to use the DP Meter Pro plugin (DPMP)'s real time capabilities in Steinberg Cubase: use it to let any instrument influence the parameters on any effect for any other instrument in a 'live' context. This tutorial shows these capabilities with Blue Cat's Stereo Chorus free audio effect.

Step By Step

01 - Insert the DPMP on the source track:

Step 01 - Insert the DPMP on the source track

02 - Select the DPMP preset settings in the main menu (right click on the background):

Step 02 - Select the DPMP preset settings in the main menu (right click on the background)

03 - Enable the DPMP Midi output for the transformed peak envelope, and set the CC number:

Step 03 - Enable the DPMP Midi output for the transformed peak envelope, and set the CC number

04 - Insert the target fx (Stereo Chorus) on the target track:

Step 04 - Insert the target fx (Stereo Chorus) on the target track

05 - Select the chorus presets settings in the main menu:

Step 05 - Select the chorus presets settings in the main menu

06 - Enable the chorus MIDI input for chosen parameters, and set the Channel to Omni (0) and the MIDI CC to the same value as for the DPMP output:

Step 06 - Enable the chorus MIDI input for chosen parameters, and set the Channel to Omni (0) and the MIDI CC to the same value as for the DPMP output

07 - Insert a MIDI track:

Step 07 - Insert a MIDI track

08 - Setup the MIDI track input to Peak Meter, output to the Stereo Chorus VST and select 'all' channels:

Step 08 - Setup the MIDI track input to Peak Meter, output to the Stereo Chorus VST and select 'all' channels

09 - Setup MIDI track monitor on:

Step 09 - Setup MIDI track monitor on

10 - Enable input echo on both tracks and play - the source track triggers the target track chorus parameters in real time:

Step 10 - Enable input echo on both tracks and play - the source track triggers the target track chorus parameters in real time

11 - Hide the RMS curves on the DPMP to monitor only the peaks:

Step 11 - Hide the RMS curves on the DPMP to monitor only the peaks

12 - Tweak the Amount and offset parameters of the DPMP:

Step 12 - Tweak the Amount and offset parameters of the DPMP

13 - Tweak the Chorus MIDI response curve parameters (Min,Max,Response):

Step 13 - Tweak the Chorus MIDI response curve parameters (Min,Max,Response)

14 - Tweak the DPMP MIDI output response:

Step 14 - Tweak the DPMP MIDI output response

15 - Enjoy and play:

Step 15 - Enjoy and play

Conclusion

You are now able to use the DP Meter Pro audio analysis plugin in a live context with Steinberg Cubase: you can now apply this methodology with other effects. All combinations are possible: imagine a concert where the drummer's play modifies the guitar sound, the singer's voice is muted during the Bass solo etc. Let your creativity express itself!

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