Scott Paul Lewis – Composer & Orchestrator

Cubase Keyboard Shortcuts

Cubase Keyboard Shortcuts

Apr 15, 2013

Useful Keyboard Shortcuts

Outside the normal keyboard keys used to direct the operation of Cubase, i.e. the number pad, there are several keys that make life a lot easier in getting to parts quickly.

Here are some quick ones. We’ll be using just three keys/buttons… they are Ctrl, Shift, and the Scroll Wheel on the mouse.

1. Expand the Project exactly where the cursor is pointing – first, point to the area you want to expand, then, press and hold the Ctrl key while using the scroll wheel. Pushing the wheel away from you expands, pulling toward you contracts. It's similar to the "G" & "H" on the keyboard except the target stays in line with the cursor instead of moving off the page.

2. Move the position of the tracks earlier or later in the Project – press and hold the Shift key while using the scroll wheel. Pushing the wheel away from you moves you later in the project (toward the end), pulling toward you moves toward the beginning of the Project.

3. Move the parts (tracks) up or down in mass – using the Scroll Wheel alone, pushing away from you moves toward the top of the parts, pulling toward you moves toward the bottom of the parts. If nothing appears to happen it’s because all of the parts are visible. Try #4 (next) then retry #3.

4. Expand the tracks (the amount of vertical space each part occupies) – go to the lower right corner of the inspector (see image below) and put the cursor in the vertical range bar area. Using the Scroll Wheel alone, pushing the wheel away from you makes each part thinner, pulling toward you makes them fatter.

5. Move the entire project – most mice have an additional largely unknown switch under the scroll wheel. By pressing and holding this “Button” down you can drag the entire project anywhere on the screen.

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