How to Use a Nuendo 3

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How to Use a Nuendo 3
Record quality music with Nuendo 3 recording software. (microphone 3 image by stefan Hudson from Fotolia.com)

Nuendo 3 is a recording program used by amateur artists and seasoned producers alike. This high-end software is very versatile, allowing minimalist home recording projects, as well as movie quality symphonic scores, to be recorded and mixed with the utmost professionalism. Nuendo 3 works with both MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) hardware, such as keyboards, and real instruments, like microphones. Although the program can appear intimidating at first glance, it only takes a little getting used to and practice before you'll come to know the ins and outs of Nuendo 3.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • USB microphone
  • USB MIDI keyboard

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Instructions

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    Click "File>New Project" to begin creating a new song. Choose an empty template to begin with. After you get used to the program, you can experiment with other templates, but for now, stick with the empty one.

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    Click the "Nuendo" folder when the pop-up dialogue box appears, prompting you to choose a project folder. Click "Create" to create a new folder. Name the folder whatever you like and then click "OK." All of your future projects will now automatically be saved to this folder.

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    Connect your USB MIDI keyboard to your computer with its attached USB cable. Your computer should send you an alert when it recognises that the keyboard has been attached.

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    Right-click any empty area on the left-side of the window and then select "Add MIDI Track" from the drop-down menu.

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    Connect your USB microphone to your computer via its attached USB cable. Right-click an empty area in the left side of the of the window and select "Add Audio Track" from the drop-down menu. Make sure that "Stereo" is selected in the pop-up dialogue window and click "OK" to continue.

  1. 1

    Click your MIDI track once to highlight it. Click the red, circular "Record" button in the track menu to arm the track.

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    Select a sound for your MIDI instrument by clicking the black bar on the left-hand side of the window which says "Off." A drop-down menu should appear after you click it, containing a list of various sounds. Select the sound you want to use.

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    Click the "Record" button at the bottom of the screen and begin playing music on your keyboard. If you want to scrap what you've just played and try it over, press the stop button, grab the eraser tool and highlight the block of music you just played. It will be deleted, and you can then repeat this step until you get the music right.

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    Click the audio track once to highlight it. Press the red circular "Record" button in the track menu to arm the track. Press the "Record" button at the bottom of the screen to begin recording vocals or any other real instrument you have in front of the microphone. Repeat the previous step for real audio tracks if you want to redo them.

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    Highlight any portion of any recorded track that you want to edit. Double-click that highlighted portion to bring up the "edit" menu.

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    Click the "E" button in the track menu to bring up a list of effects. Select the effect you want to apply to that particular track, or portion of the track (for instance, if you want to add reverb, select a reverb). You can repeat this process as many times as you like, adding multiple effects to a single track.

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    Click "Devices" from the toolbar menu and select "Mixer 2" to open your mixing tool.

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    Play the song from the beginning and adjust the volume level of each track in your mixing tool. Start with the volume levels low and bring them in slowly. It's also a good idea to begin mixing the drums first, followed by the bass, then guitar, vocals and any bells and whistles you may have added, at the end. Mix the song until you feel like it sounds the way you want it to. Don't worry if you spend a lot of time mixing, as this process can take hours or even days.

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    Click "File>Export>Audio Mixdown" from the toolbar menu.

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    Choose the folder where you'd like to save your finished song (for example, "My Music" or "Desktop").

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    Give the file a name (preferably the name of the song/artist). Check the output format to make sure it's in the format of your choice (WAV is the highest quality and can be burnt to CDs, but many MP3 players won't play them). Click "Save" when you're finished. Your project will now be converted and saved for you to burn to CD or play on an MP3 player.

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