Cubase SX 2 is a powerful digital-audio recording, sequencing, and mixing tool--and, like its competitors--can save you thousands of dollars in studio time and hardware gear. However, even though many of its onscreen tools resemble their analog hardware counterparts--using a tool as complex as Cubase introduces you to a steep learning curve. Cubase SX 2 Visual QuickStart Guide makes it easier to learn the program by teaching it with step-by-step, task-based instructions. Like all other books in the Visual QuickStart series, you can either use it as a reference tool or read the tasks in sequence as an instructional book. Author Thad Brown makes Cubase SX 2's myriad features accessible, even fun, while teaching you how to record, edit, and mix audio and MIDI. If you're a new user, you'll appreciate the strong visual approach and easy-to-follow, no-nonsense format, and if you're a veteran user, you'll seize on the information about SX 2's new features, including its Freeze feature for MIDI tracks. The book takes you from beginner-level topics, such as set up and recording, to more advanced ones like continuous controller messages, routing, and mixer automation. As an added bonus, the SX 2 book features an appendix with a hands-on remixing example, complete with a downloadable source file from magnatune.com.