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Re: Quick controls, embarrassed already

Yeah, if all else fails, just use the input transformer.

Attached is a preset that turns CC21 into CC11. Extract it into your "AppData\Roaming\Steinberg\Cubase\Presets\Input Transformer\Controller Filtering" folder and change the controller numbers to whatever.

The downside is that you only get 4 of them at any one time.
by Plasuma
Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:42 pm
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Re: I miss old VST Plugins like DoubleDelay and Quadrafuzz..

Timeless2 by FabFilter is a good one.
It can do what you're talking about, and I've used it to do something similar, except with MIDI input, so I had a bit more flexibility about when I trigger the delay lines and variations of it.
by Plasuma
Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:34 pm
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Re: 7.5 crashes alot

You're right! Oh, please forgive me, how could I be so foolish?

Of course it's system-specific, and, yes, of course it's the fault of the 3rd party VSTs! Why, when everything was working fine in previous versions of Cubase, it was all just a fluke! We were collectively imagining it, even!

Thank you for your endless wisdom. My, I don't know where any of us would be without it.
by Plasuma
Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:58 pm
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Re: Nektar Panorma Control Surface (Any Users) ?

I've had about 3 days with the Nektar Panorama P1 so far, and I can't say it's a bad control surface. Here's my input:

Unit has a gloss black fingerprint-magnet finish, which is a design flaw in my opinion. It is otherwise very well-made, feels solid, and it could definitely take a beating on road trips. Just not around the USB port, which feels flimsy - though, to be fair, just about everything I have with a USB port has that flimsy feel (like it's only being supported by the PCB and has no proper reinforcement). If you're going to move it around, unplug it first.

Unit is USB powered (2.0 compatible), so you thankfully don't need to find space on your power strip for yet another wall wart! Unfortunately, it doesn't sport a power switch, so it'll power on with your DAW whether you like it or not. I haven't experienced any issues with plugged right in on OSX, but when I integrate it with my Windows DAW, which is where I use Cubase the most, I'll use a USB hub with a power switch. I just don't trust USB devices on start-up over there, they're too flaky.

Screen is extremely nice, even if the resolution is a bit low. It's very bright, very readable even far away, and viewing angles rival that of top-of-the-line IPS display panels, which is great. It's a color screen, though I don't know why it would need to be since the info it displays seems simple enough to be monochromatic. Not complaining, though.

Fader pots aren't motorized, but I don't think that's a problem since the unit sports a smart latch, which won't 'grab' the control in the DAW until you move the fader to that position first. I like how it works and got used to it pretty quick, even though I'm a fan of and prefer the motorized variety. While the caps are a bit wobbly compared to my usual mixing desk, the action is adequately resistant and smooth, and I didn't have any trouble being accurate with them. The rubber caps feel nice, but they have a shape that needs some getting used to - e.g. there isn't much surface area to work with when moving multiple faders simultaneously. I personally prefer to have my fingertips sit in the caps, rather than wedge the cap between my joints, but I haven't found it painful to use.

Knob pots, also a bit on the wobbly side, feel a bit too 'free' (not enough resistance) for my taste. They're smooth and nicely spaced, and they don't feel like they're going to break off in use, at least, but the feel is something that puts me off. Would've been nice to have some lights around the knobs to indicate their value so I wouldn't have to look at the screen all the time to see that, but I'm finding myself looking at the screen most of the time anyways.

Transport buttons are responsive and solid, and while they are round buttons beneath the square caps, I haven't had any trouble with slippage since they don't have a high travel. They light up, so you can see what you've pressed or what's going on in the DAW (e.g. rec shines red whether you use the button on the unit or in Cubase) - the loop mode button also lights up, but only flashes a color when pressed rather than staying lit or unlit like a toggle should. Weird stuff, but probably a firmware issue they'll address later.

Buttons located under the faders feel pretty similar to the transport set, and they light up as well for mute / solo functionality by default.

Function and mode buttons are incredibly stiff. They're responsive, but they don't actuate well, so it's difficult to tell if they're pressed or not.

Printed manual that comes with it is useless, so you have to use the online resources to learn anything about it. The website is a pain in the ass to navigate with tons of obtuse layers and meaningless lock-outs that prevent you from gaining access to said learning resources until you sign up and register your product. It's like they think somebody's going to "steal" their software drivers.

Once you've signed up and registered, you can download everything you need to get it running. At first, I was annoyed at the lack of a software counterpart that would allow me to edit what each control did, but after learning how to program the unit using its internal mode, that became a non-issue. It's easy to get it to do what you want, if a little time-consuming without keyboard and mouse entry.

As a note, update the firmware first before doing any extensive programming. It'll wipe the onboard memory to defaults. At least, that's what happened to mine.

You have to download and install a specific driver to get the P1 to integrate with Cubase on both Windows and OSX, and that's in addition to the generic driver you have to download as well, but that's the only remotely negative thing about this. Since I'm a negative-nancy, just assume that everything else about Cubase integration is really deep. You can control just about everything from the P1's hardware controls, and it feel great once you get used to it.

To spare the details, I'll put it this way: I don't know what I'm missing by not having a CC121 or CMC set, but I'm satisfied enough with this level of integration that I'm pretty sure I don't care.

Overall, the hardware feels like you'd expect for the price range, the installation is easy if you can get past an unintuitive website, and the software integration is awesome. The gloss finish, on the other hand, is a sin against mankind. I'm in constant emotional flux from glee to hate as I'm touching the thing to make stuff happen in Cubase... but those fingerprints and smears are so damn annoying.

They even play coy and include a cloth wipe in the box, as if to say, "you'll be using this a lot, muhahahahaa!"
by Plasuma
Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:50 am
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Re: Explanations why you should record and use 32bit floatin

Its faster for the computer to use floating-point instead 24bit file.

I am no expert in bit resolution or floating point calculation, but it would just make sense that computer would perform better at there native bit resolution.

Just my 2 cents worth!
Processing, yes, data, no. An audio file of 24-bits will always load faster than an audio file of 32-bits, even if the machine is 32-bit, 64-bit, or 1024-bit and greater.

The greater the bit depth of your data, the more space it requires in memory.

In terms of processing, a 64-bit system just won't handle a native 32-bit application. A 32-bit environment has to be emulated for it, which is why it's slower and often much less stable. Doesn't matter for data, though.
by Plasuma
Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:22 am
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Re: 7.5 Patch date ?

All these old timers claiming theres no difference between .06 and 7.5 is people are in every similar thread either diverting the issue or claiming no problem.
For those folks who do that, their logic is that they don't have problems and therefor you shouldn't, either. If you do have problems, it's 100% your fault because you have a low post count. It's how more than a few of the major lurkers here think, so you get used to it. For the time being, just do your best to ignore them and don't hand out insults even if their stubbornness is frustrating (seriously, they want that - if you make them a victim, they relish the fact that they can report you to a higher authority).

First, if you have problems with Cubase, try to find the cause of it yourself, then post to the forums. Posting it here in the "general" section won't do anything because it's not meant for technical issues, and the lurkers here, whether good intentioned or otherwise, just don't want to hear about it. Instead, post it to the "issues" forum where it will actually be looked into.

I've personally complained numerous times about instability and crashes with this version (7.5), but nothing can get done about it unless I come up with a meaningful bug report. So, in the meantime, I'm using an older version of Cubase for vital projects, and, when I have time, I'm testing my problem plug-ins in the newer version so I can compile a list of issues and crash reports that are more useful than "stuff's broken sometimes, man".

There's more to see in the issues forum, anyways. It's like a multi-player minesweeper, there are flags everywhere and everyone's hitting 5s and 6s.
by Plasuma
Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:28 am
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Re: No sound outside of cubase

Never buy Steinberg hardware. Their long-term support record is second to everyone.

OP: You'll need to get a bit more clued up, really, technically. However, to save spending anything, download ASIO4ALL and get that running, you'll get lower latency and it may solve your original issue as well.
They either need a multi-client soundcard or just have to poke the audio driver's "Exclusive Mode" in Windows.

@OP Here's a screenie of the properties of my onboard audio, which doesn't see much use, but I always make it a habit to untick that box anytime I'm building a new drive image. See that you do, too.
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Frankly, I'd suggest a good consumer soundcard using ASIO4ALL to start, as chela suggests, just to isolate output from the horror that is onboard sound.

If you don't plan on recording anything anytime soon, and you're not good with computer internals (although you should be) you couldn't go wrong with a simple USB solution like Focusrite's "VRM Box". It's really just a USB headphone output with its own ASIO driver. You might find something cheaper from M-Audio or Behringer, but I wouldn't trust them.
by Plasuma
Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:35 pm
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Re: Logical editor made me easy life with renaming tracks-Yh

Find & Replace? In my DAW?

Well that's damn handy...
by Plasuma
Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:47 pm
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