How to Set Locators in Cubase

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Steinberg's Cubase recording application contains all the features needed to record, mix and produce high-quality audio tracks, and save them on your computer. Left and right bracket locators mark the beginning and end of a particular section of track in the Cubase application window. Move them to any point in a track to edit the music and add audio effects, or use loop mode to repeat a selected section of music indefinitely. You must bracket the entire song with the locators before exporting the finished product to an audio file.

  • Launch Cubase and create a new project or open an existing project file.

  • Click the transport bar at the base of the screen. If you can't see it, click Window and select Transport to toggle it into view. To the left of the transport bar, you will see a small sub-window showing two track positions in bar beats, labeled L and R. This shows the current position of the locators, by default set to 1.1.1.

  • Click the number next to the locator labeled R and drag upward with the mouse. As the number increases, the right locator moves across the timeline in the arrange window. Once it has moved away from the very start of the track, you may click and drag the locator directly in the arrange window.

  • Position the left and right locators either side of a location that you wish to preview, and click the circular arrow button to engage loop mode and repeat the selected area. In order to export the track to an audio file, set the left locator to the very start of the song, and the right one to the very end. Open the File drop-down menu and select Export to File.

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