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There are lots more juicy tips in this thread that I haven't got to yet, or are a bit too general or complex to fit in this post. 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.
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.
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 (Add Command)
Edit - Select All On Tracks (Add Command)
Edit - Delete (Add Command)
Bounce In Place - by Winter Rat http://www.steinberg.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=181&t=30597
Cubase Ninja Pro-Tools style Trim Automation - by Lukasbrooklyn http://www.steinberg.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=181&t=38182
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.