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Re: Any plugs to remove acoustic guitar string squeaks?

The de-esser that comes with Cubase does a great job. Just play with it. I use it for this purpose. It actually is a magic bullet.
by Early21
Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:54 am
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The Steinberg Forum Knowledgebase for Users by Users

Welcome to the Steinberg Forum Knowledgebase.

The learning curve is steep. The manual is boring. How can one integrate all his different equipment into a unified, intuitive music making machine? This is why Bassbase and I built this knowledgebase. The Steinberg Forum Knowledgebase is constantly under expansion and is in no way a static article. We try to provide new insights with everything from opening your application to locking down that next purchase.

To use this knowledgebase to its full potential we recommend you take advantage of the "Search this topic" field at the top of this page in addition to the Table of Contents in order to quickly find your problem.

Note: Much of this information is pertinent only to previous iterations of Cubase, up to Cubase 7.5. The applicability of the information is subject to change in Cubase 8 and subsequent updates.

Table of contents

Cubase Troubleshooting


Elicenser Errors


USB Mics

Intro to MIDI

Novation Automap with Cubase

Wavelab Troubleshooting

Tips & Tricks

MIDI 101

Expression Maps

Interfaces and Recording

Remote Control Editor

Importing Older Projects

MIDI Instrument Setup

Drum Maps and Extras!

Buyers Guides and Consumer Resources

How You Can Help

Getting Started

Welcome new users! If you have purchased Cubase and are unsure of where to start, look no further. Familiarize yourself with the concept of licensing then move on to the first steps .


In order to keep Cubase from being downloaded illegally, Steinberg has implemented a licensing solution to protect legitimate users.

This works by packaging software with an elicenser or "dongle", on which licenses can be stored. Licenses are activated by entering an activation code, which is discussed below. Any computer with the software installed and an elicenser in the USB port is authorized for use. Note that an elicenser can only run on one computer at a time.

Some Steinberg Products, including AI or LE versions of software do not require an elicenser. In this case, a "soft elicenser" is automatically stored to your computer's memory. For portability, transferring these licenses to USB elicensers is optional.

If you encounter any errors during the licensing process please consult the corresponding section below.

First Steps

1) Run the installer on the installation disc. Remember to install this for all users on your system just in case.

2) Open the elicenser control center, which should have installed alongside Cubase, with your USB elicenser (dongle) plugged in. Elements does not require a USB elicenser.
See the following image: Elcc.jpg
3) Click Enter Activation Code and type in the code that was printed on a slip in your package. Once you have finished, a license should appear in a new window, drag it to the desired elicenser.

4) Don’t forget to Register your product online at MySteinberg, so you have support if you misplace your USB elicenser or have any other troubles.

Before you even start up Cubase download the latest update to the e-licenser control center.

This should be updated regularly.

How to make your Forum Signature

Go to your User Control Panel here in the forum, then under the Profile tab, find the Edit Signature on the left. Signatures will help other users understand your system setup when you post your problems.

Bug Reports and Contacting Steinberg

How do I report a problem with Cubase?

If you still need to contact Steinberg, check this out:

If you live in the USA, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom, visit MySteinberg , log in with your Username and Password, then go to Support Request Form on the right. Now fill it out and send your request. You should receive an automatic email to your registered email address, confirming your form was successfully submitted. If you can’t find one, you should check your Spam folders.

If you live in any other country, support is provided by Steinberg distributors. Please find a list of distributors on this page:

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by Bane
Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:44 am
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Re: Who else loves the control room

This is maybe a silly question but the right topic ...
If I don't have a separate control room and studio, mainly work alone, and my patch bay is set up so I hardly ever need to patch anything to break into the normaled connections, is there some real benefit of using the Cubase Control Room then? I've opened it and sort of know my way around and I see how it works but what's in there for me that I don't see?

If you don't have a monitor controller the volume and dim can be handy
by The dman
Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:29 pm
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Re: Who else loves the control room

This is maybe a silly question but the right topic ...
If I don't have a separate control room and studio, mainly work alone, and my patch bay is set up so I hardly ever need to patch anything to break into the normaled connections, is there some real benefit of using the Cubase Control Room then? I've opened it and sort of know my way around and I see how it works but what's in there for me that I don't see?
Here's a few

Mono checking, multi monitor auditing, alternate mix checking, sub mix leveling, monitoring at a comfortable level without affecting the standards based level that exports ... I'm sure I'm missing a few.
by JMCecil
Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:48 pm
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Re: Speculation: Cubase 7.5 OR 8.0 @ mps?

Hi guys,

only two more days to go and we will all finally find out what is new in the Steinberg world :)

by Luis Dongo
Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:15 pm
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Tips Tricks And Workflow Goodness.

Got a cool tip or macro to add to the list? Spotted an error or know a better way? Post it here and I'll add it on as and when I can!

There are lots more juicy tips in this thread that haven't been collated yet, or are a bit too general or complex to fit in this post. Have a wade through and see what nuggets you find.

Excellent Thread by Bane (looks like hundreds of hours of work here) thanks Curteye.

Great Site Full of Tutorials thanks Norbury Brook .

Best Ever Workflow Tip

The one piece of advice that keeps on coming up over and over: Learn the Key commands and assign your own. Almost every function can be set to a key command.

Here's an excellent thread by JMCecil with a utility for setting up and viewing key commands.

Project Setup

Make templates!

Get a session set up how you like it, tracks ready to go, input and output buses, group channels, folder tracks even favourite VST instruments and FX, this is a BIG timesaver.

Template From Existing Project

Save your project under a different name first (avoids ‘lost project embarrassment’). Delete all the Audio/MIDI stuff you don’t want in the template from the project window. Hit [CTL]+P to open pool and right [Option]click, select empty trash.
BEWARE, don’t choose erase unless you don’t need the files, choose the‘remove from pool’ option. Erase option will send your files to digital heaven. Then choose Save as Template option from the file menu.

Naming Tracks

In the Arrange window, click in the track name box to get a curser, type in the tracks name ie; ’Kick’, hit [TAB] (cursor jumps to next track name box) type in next one and repeat. Hit [Enter] to end.

Naming Tracks Inside Folders - by Xtigma

Rename all tracks inside a folder to the same name.
Type name in Folder Track, hold down [shift] + press [enter].

Rename all events on midi track to track's name - By Mozizo

Dbl click track name(fonts highligted with blue).
Press and hold one of the modifiers and press Enter.

Assigning Input Buses and Channel Outputs

In the Mix Console, select the required audio channels and as you assign the 1st channel (Drop down menu in Mix Console-Routing Tab) hold down [Shift] and each channel will be assigned incrementally.
Holding [Shift]+[ALT] will send all selected channels to the same Input bus or output.


To create a macro

File/Key Commands/Show Macros/New Macro-and name it.
Highlight the command from the commands window and hit 'Add Command' after each.
The new marco should now be visible in the macro folder in the commands window. Assign it to a Key of your choice.

New Track Macro - by Rhino

For creating a new track with all routing monitoring and FX settings from existing in one go.

Project - Duplicate Tracks
Edit - Select All On Tracks
Edit - Delete

Bounce In Place - by Winter Rat

Cubase Ninja Pro-Tools style Trim Automation - by Lukasbrooklyn

Set L and R Locators to next 2 markers - by SeeWhat

Locate to marker 1 then apply the following macro ({Alt}+{/}.
transport- set Left locator
transport- next marker
transport- set Right locator

Mix Console/FX

Default FX Presets - by Rhino

In any FX container window, next to the preset box hit the cubase icon and choose 'save as default preset'

Open all insert GUI on channel - By mozizo

[shift]+[alt]+[left click] on E button of a channel.
To close all of them [shift]+[left click] on E again.

Reset Channel Settings - by Bacizone

In Track Inspector - Alt+Click on the Bypass buttons will reset the settings of Insert / Strip / Equalizer / Send


Pre-Insert Volume Automation

Make sure the 'Use Mouse Wheel for Event volume and Fades' option is activated in Preferences. Editing/Audio page.
[ALT]+Click on an audio event to cut it around the area you want to change, then hover the mouse over it and mouse wheel up for louder (up to 24db) or down for softer. Will also work for multiple selections or entire Audio events. Won't work for an Audio Part unless you dissolve part first [CTL]+ right[option] click to open context menu and choose Audio/Dissolve Part.
[CTL]+M/Wheel near front of event to adjust fade in or near rear for fade out.

Replace all audio clip instances - by lukasbrooklyn

To replace all instances of an audio event in a project (akin to exchanging a sample in a sampler), put your replacement sample in the pool, the drag it from the pool whist holding shift, and drop it onto the event to be replaced.


MIDI Octave shortcut - by Stealth

Select midi event(s) in the project/arrange page then Shift + up or down arrow key to change octave.

MIDI Velocity Editing - by trashdinner

Hold shift + Ctrl, left click and drag up or down to change velocity on selected MIDI events.

Logical Editor - by Curteye

Being a MIDI guitarist from the early 90's the LE was a must learn.
Here is my approach(es):

1-When using it stop thinking like an artist/musician etc
and start thinking more 'scientific'. (similar but not quite the same)

2-Don't go in 'cold'. Decide want you want to accomplish and use a preset
that steers in that direction. There are many in Cubase. Tweak from there.

3-Save your tweak as a preset. You might need it later and you might forget how you got there.
(happened to me a lot at first)

4-Using LE custom presets along with Key Commands can really speed the workflow.

VST Instruments

Record VST instrument tracks without using groups or bounce or export - by JMCecil

F4 -> Output tab -> hit + sign and create a Stereo Output called whatever "VSTi Out". Do not assign this output to any of your audio card outputs.
On your Instrument track, set the output to the "VSTi Output" from the previous step.
Create a Stereo Audio Track in the project, set the INPUT to "VSTi Output"
Enable monitor and/or Record enable.

Layered Samples in Groove Agent SE - by trashdinner

If you add multiple sounds to a pad (by drag and dropping) use the first (top) option when dropping the sounds to a pad to layer them.
At first they will will not trigger at the same time but the different samples will trigger depending on the velocity so while the pad is selected, change the mode to "layer" instead of "velocity" in the main tab. Now they all trigger at the same time but you can't adjust the volumes or any other parameters of the different samples separately ... but here's how to do it:
There are 2 little buttons on the upper right side of Groove Agent SE, one is ABS or Rel (It's set to ABS by default)
and the other one is Pad or Sel (It's set to Pad by default). If you press the Pad button to switch it to Sel (while the multi samples pad is selected) you can now chose the sample you want to change the volume or any other parameters and it will only change the settings of that sample within the Pad instead of all the samples within the pad. So just select the sample, tweak some buttons and when you select another sample on the same pad you'll see the the tweaks you made won't affect the other samples :) I find That really usefull instead of having to have 3 midi notes for my kick sound, I just have one and tweak it inside Groove Agent SE.

Vari Audio

Variaudio shortcuts - by trashdinner

[tab] to switch between segment and pitch modes.
Hold [ctrl] while moving a note to snap to pitch.
Hold [shift] while moving a note to move it freely.

Editing of M/S - Recordings - by marQs

If recording i.e. a vocalist with M/S technique (to get that little air around) which I often do, record it to a stereo track (M = left/S = right) instead of two individual tracks. Mix6To2 or Voxengo MSED get you decoded in a second.

That way you can apply i.e. VariAudio + Warp to both channels while avoiding phase issues.

Works exactly the same if you track a DI guitar + an amp, up to 6 channels, see Rhino's tip on multitrack wave editing here


Video Scrubbing - by Carlo

Very nice for film-scoring if you play back a movie on a computer screen: Click directly in the Video Player window and drag the mouse left or right...

Toggle Full Screen Video - by BFred

Double-click anywhere in the video window to toggle full screen mode.


Inspector Gymnastics - by Skillet

Command click on Inspector items to open more than one. Shift click on any of them to close all of them at once. Handy when you use Inspector shortcuts since there doesn't seem to be a shortcut to close them all at once. You quickly loose view of some items using the shortcuts unless you always toggle them. Thankfully toggling any item (that may be open already) now brings it back into view though.

Resize Tool box (Arrange Window) - by Soul Burn

If you press right-click to open the tools menu and hold it pressed for about 5 seconds (it feels long), you can resize the shape of the toolbox. This lets you get to your tools with a shorter movement of the mouse.

Scissor Trick - by Bonso

Scissor Tool : alt/click when slicing an event divides the whole event into equal length sections.

Reverse Locators to skip section - by Rotund

If you just want to cut a section of a song, but want to hear the result first.
Simply engage cycle, then set your left locator to the end of the section to be cut.
Then set your right locator to the beginning of the section to be cut.
Yea, backwards.
Now playback from a point before the right locator.
The song will skip over the section enclosed in the markers.

Got something to share? Post your tips and ideas in this thread and I'll add them when I can.
by Paul Coyle
Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:08 am
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I love my old console but what can we do... learn the new one hehehe... It does Have many Pros
Also some confusions but these videos by Cubase Jedi Master GURU Greg Ondo will help you find the cool new FEATURES..

I really love my old Mixer Specially the 6.5 and the Nuendo 5 :( wish it would take the whole screen like the new one... but way too much for the GPU I guess. The old mixer looks more professional.. The new one looks like a Star Trek board. Cool in its own way..

Also noticed that the new Mix Console is design to match the NUAGE system... So this might have been a Yamaha decision..

More videos to come...
Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:14 pm
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Re: Freezing an audio track stops sound

For a long time now I have had an issue where freeze produces silence.

Unfreezing and just doing it a 2nd time always (and I do mean always) works.

So perhaps the algorithm you selected has nothing to do with's just that you are unfreezing and then freezing a 2nd time.
by Grim
Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:08 am
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Re: Pono

So this is marketing brand of Neil Young's "high-definiton" audio? Poor old Neil. Either he've been misguided or is trying to do the largest scam in the history of music industry. I think I already linked this one: the last time this was discussed. No, I'm not against uncompressed/losslessly compressed audio, but (when it comes to delivery format) anything above 44.1k/16 is just snake oil.
by Jarno
Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:41 pm
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Re: Anybody has anything to say about NI Session Horns Pro

I got N I's Session Horns for $49 during the December sale, [not sure if that's a lighter version of Session Horns Pro or not], and at first I was a bit underwhelmed until I choose some of the different articulations & presets.

Then with a bit of different velocity playing variations, it really came alive for me. I wouldn't say it's my go-to horns library, [mainly because I'm not sure I can separate the instruments into solo modes], but I'm quite happy with it for $49.00, and have used it in a few songs now along side with Embertone's Sensual Sax - the 2 work excellent together!

My two go-to libraries for single Sax & Trumpet are Embertone's Sensual Sax & Chapman Trumpet, but I have just purchased 'The Saxophones' 4 pack from Sample Modeling, so it may take first place fairly soon.

A steal at $20 & $30!

Too bad you missed out on the recent Fanfare deal from Musician's Friend for $29 - down from $400 [or something like that].

If you're not too concerned with price, some recommend Sample Modeling Products for the ultimate realism in sounds.

Of course there are others out there, but I don't own those nor ever tried them.
by jamusic
Mon May 19, 2014 6:50 pm
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Re: Cubase 7.05 64 bit - cannot rename audio events

I have made some progress with this issue.

Renaming audio part issues only occur when I have a Transpose track in a project. If I remove the Transpose track the problem disappears. This is strange and I would be interested if anyone can try to reproduce this on their systems. Maybe someone knows why this happens - I have no idea.
by slartibart
Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:01 pm
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Re: Key command for volume

The OP's problem, I think, is that he is using Cubase 6.

He has posted the same question two other places, under the C6 header and in the Steinberg Lounge.

No wonder he's not finding the right key commands :?
by iBM
Tue May 27, 2014 10:37 am
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Re: New Steinberg Website -- Third-Party Controllers

HowlingUlf wrote:btw, is there some good place(s) to view the relative "sizes" of companies when stuff like this comes up? I
That would be the stock market.
by SteveInChicago
Sat May 31, 2014 2:53 pm
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I feel really bad because, I'm always thanking people for their help on this forum. But in return I'm of little to no help :(. Which whenever I make a new topic asking for help, I feel bad because I have no thanks, it's almost like bad karma in my opinion.

This isn't true in life for me because it's always the opposite, I'm always helping people all the time, without asking for anything in return and I never want anything in return. Afterall, you reap what you sew.

I don't really know everything about Cubase, because I've self taught myself everything I know without reading anything in the manual (I've read one small topic about Input Transformers, that's it) and you know what? I still don't understand Input Transformers because of reading the manual. I know how they work, just never worked out for me for what I was trying to do :) All I really use Cubase for is sequencing and arranging anyways, but still, wish I could help people out on here more, it really sucks seeing someone elses post and seeing them all frustrated, because I know exactly what that's like when they can't get help. It's really great to solve someone elses problems in Cubase so that they can continue expressing themselves as musicians and/or producers.

So in the future if you see my posts, I'm sorry I have no "Been Thanked", forgive me, I have tried :) it's the thought that counts.
by Hypergenesis
Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:10 pm
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Re: "Pro"

Have to agree with Woodcrest and Jarno here. I can't count the number of times I've tried to help someone with their problem in "Cubase" only to be told afterwards they are using Artist or Elements or AI etc. and they don't have that particular feature. Finally we have the 'Pro' designation (could have just as easily been Max or Full etc.) which will hopefully dispel future ambiguity.
Cubase alone is a generic name ;)
by BriHar
Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:46 am
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Re: Hidden Cubase 8 features!

I find it rather remiss that there is no "whats New" document or Version History documentation.

Yes we can read about the new features bells and whistles on the product page enticing one to 'buy' the newest version, but there is nothing detailing changes and more importantly new options and preferences of interest to existing users.

Instead we are left discovering these for ourselves - hence this very thread. Who knows if some of these hidden ( undocumented ) "features" are not in fact unintended, benign software bugs which could just as easily disappear in the next update.

This seemed to stop a few versions ago, I remember every time there use to be a gigantic list, even listing new keyboard shortcuts etc... this is needed again!

Steinberg: you are doing yourself a disservice by not listing every tiny little change that you have introduced... guaranteed 1 of those tiny changes is a game changer for someone.
by Xtigma
Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:21 pm
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Re: Where is the Acoustic Agent (Solved ) ?

Some of you still seem to struggle with this problem, so let me try and help by just describing where my files are on my system and where I got them from.

First of all, I did NOT do an upgrade, I did a full install on my PC (Windows 7 - 64 bit). The Cubase 8 upgrade file size was about 5 GB, but I found a full install file that is 9.1 GB. I figured that this file must by definition contain more content, because it is twice as big. To find it you have to log in on in the MySteinberg section. (What was confusing to me is that I used a different account login for the Steinberg online shop, but anyway). Under MySteinberg, in the MyProducts section I managed to register my software. After that, a new tab appeared under MyProducts which is called "Downloads". There you will find the full (9.1 GB) installer for both Windows and Mac.

Please wait before running it! Before you even use it, you are able to find all the vstsound files that Cubase included. This might be helpful for those of you who already updated but for some reason did not have all the vstsound sets. In the full installer download file, just go to Cubase 8 -> Cubase 8 for Windows -> Additional Content. In there you will find the VST Sound folder with all the vstsound sets in it. Mac users should be able to find them as well, although in different folders.

The next step would be to place them in the correct folders. I'm new to Cubase myself, so I don't really know where everything is placed exactly, but I do know that it is not very straightforward. Nevertheless, this is what it looks like on my system. Try and open:

C:\Users\[FILL IN YOUR WINDOWS USER NAME]\AppData\Roaming\Steinberg\Content

Note: this is probably hidden content but using this link should get you there anyway. If not, make sure that Windows shows all hidden files. This works on my Windows 7 - 64 bit system. Other systems might have slightly different paths.

After I opened the location through this link, I see four folders:

Groove Agent
VST Sound

What is a bit confusing to me is that the first three folders have their own VST Sound folders inside. So let me tell you what is where on my system:
- In the Groove Agent\VST Sound folder, there is only one set, called FCP_SMT_146_GA_Studio_Kit_Eco
- In the general VST Sound folder I have more than twenty sets and one of them is called FCP_SMT_152_GASE_Acoustic_Studio_Kit.

I have no idea why Steinberg puts some files in instrument specific VST Sound folders and others in the general VST Sound folder, but there you have it.

My recipe for those with missing or damaged sets is to get the full installer package, find the vstsound sets in the Additional Content folder and place them in the correct folders as described above. Hope this helps.
by Tytune
Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:00 pm
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Re: Pono [UPDATED]

"It's like paying more for a TV because it transmits in Ultraviolet wavelengths too ...".

PONO analogy I came across on another forum. Hilarious!
by alexis
Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:27 pm
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