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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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Re: Commands for many tracks simultaneosly?

Hi Jamusic

Yes it's Control Click to select additional tracks, or select first track then Shift click the last track to select all the tracks in between. Having selected them, in order to change for instance the track destination, one then holds shift and Alt and changes the destination which will change ALL those selected, is that a bit clearer:-)?

Best Regards

by DaveAbbott
Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:16 pm
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Re: CC MIDI Part to Track Automation in Cubase 7.5

Hi Andrew,

I am glad i could help.

I have to appologize that my hints are not detailled enough - my "Problem" is that I am using a german Version and i am often not sure about the correct words for the english Counterparts of menus and functions. So I tend to be a Little bit vague.

Sorry for that again and I am glad it works for you now.

Cheers, Ernst
by Elien
Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:40 am
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Cubase / Cubase Artist 7.5.10 maint. update in the works

Dear Cubase / Cubase Artist 7.5 users,

The 7.5.10 maintenance update for Cubase 7.5 / Cubase Artist 7.5 will be available from February 6, 2014 on as a free download and includes the following improvements:

• The loading time of huge projects is no longer unexpectedly high.
• Switching between projects with different sample rates now works as expected.
• Closing the record mode pop-up of the Transport Panel now behaves as expected.

• Emptying the trash on the Audio Pool no longer leads to an unresponsive state of the application.
• Inserting hitpoints now works as expected.

• Audio return channels of instrument tracks are now always displayed correctly.
• Clicking on a MIDI region of an instrument track in an inactive project while holding the SHIFT key no longer leads to an unresponsive state of the application.
• Reselecting a drum map in setup window no longer renders the application unreliable.

• Scrolling in the Score Editor now works as expected.

• Switching between channel strip presets with different EQ positions no longer affects the bypass EQ state.
• Switching from a multi-display to a single monitor setup no longer changes the MixConsole window configuration.
• When using a Steinberg UR series interface and displaying the hardware rack in MixConsole, scrolling and zooming now works as expected.

• The complete plug-in set is now working as expected in Cubase Artist 7.5.

• All functions of a Mackie Control Universal involving the SHIFT button now work as expected.
• Using the configurations 1-8 on a Mackie Control Universal now work as expected.
• When switching tracks during recording, the Quick Controls now behave as expected when using a Mackie Control Universal.

Thanks for choosing Cubase!

Helge Vogt
Team Leader Product Marketing Group
Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH
by Helge Vogt
Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:26 pm
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MIDI Instrument Setup

MIDI Instrument Setup

MIDI instrument setup is a very broad subject, and countless issues could be holding up your system. Please consult the MIDI 101 section below for more setup tips.

Instrument Rack vs. Instrument Channels

The two main methods of accessing MIDI instruments in Cubase are instrument channels and instrument tracks. The following are some reasons you might use an instrument channel/rack instead of a track:

1) Manipulating multi-timbral instruments by routing multiple MIDI tracks to the instrument. For that matter, you can route any number of MIDI tracks to an instrument as you wish.

2) Intuitive setup when working with multiple virtual instruments at the same time.

3) Choosing multiple outputs.

For most applications, an instrument track is more simplistic and straightforward but can only be used as a stereo source.

A common use for the instrument rack is to mix the kitpieces of a drumkit in the project window or the Cubase mixer.

For instance, let's say I have EZDrummer but I want to process all pieces of the kit individually, each of them being on a separate channel in the mixer. A little EQ on the snare, a touch of reverb on the crash, etc. So I would add EZDrummer to the rack, and click the little routing button on the right of bypass. On the menu, choose Activate All Outputs. Finally I go to my EZDrummer control panel, Open Mixer, and assign each of these tracks as I please, or click Multichannel.

Instrument Connection Setup

Instrument rack setup

When using an instrument channel configuration, and having problems producing sound:

1) Confirm that each of the up to eight "output" tracks are routed to the output bus specified in your VST Connections. (Or to a group channel that is, in turn, routed to the appropriate output bus.) This will all be shown in the inspector.

2) That the corresponding MIDI track's output routing in the inspector is to the desired instrument.

3) Make sure that the MIDI track's input routing is to the correct MIDI device. All this should be configured automatically, but some MIDI devices have several ports.

4) Check settings with the instrument, the external connections of your MIDI device, and internal audio connections as outlined in the Cubase Troubleshooting above.

5) If you are still having issues, please temporarily resort to an instrument track, and follow the steps below.

Instrument Track setup

Furthermore, if you are using an instrument track and still having difficulty producing sound:

1) Confirm that your keyboard is transmitting MIDI data to your computer by watching the MIDI activity in your transport panel.

2) Confirm the monitor button is activated on your track’s control panel. (Also confirm that monitoring in your preferences is set to Manual.)

3) Check that the instrument's samples have had time to load. Some instruments have to be authorized before they will produce sound.

4) Ensure that your instrument is not bypassed, muted, or deactivated, and that an instrument sound has been selected.

5) Lastly check your audio output connections in your driver control panel, VST Connections, and track inspectors.

Cubase 7.5

Note that when using versions Cubase 7.5 and greater, the nature of instrument tracks and the rack has radically changed. The instrument track has lost it's limitation of one stereo output, so there is really no practical reason to use the rack under the new version, except by habit of setting up external MIDI sequencers.

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by Bane
Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:37 pm
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Re: Tricks for getting 1st note recorded MIDI

You could try to experiment with the MIDI catch range (Preferences -> Record -> MIDI -> MIDI record catch range in ms).

MIDI Record Catch Range in ms
When you record starting at the left locator, this setting helps you make sure that the very start of the recording is included. A very annoying scenario is when you have recorded a perfect MIDI take, only to find out that the very first note was not included – because you started playing a little bit too early! If you raise the Record Catch Range, Cubase will catch the events played just before the recording start point, eliminating this problem.
by Niles
Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:54 pm
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Iro: Track Color Pack for Cubase

Hi everyone.

This is a neat little color pack I made for Cubase 7.5. For me, the default colors were not enough as I tend to have a lot of tracks, often with the same instruments, but with variations. It takes a considerable long time to make a set of new colors so I thought I would share it with you guys so you don't need to do this yourself. Am I not grateful? :D

The pack consists of 8 different main colors with 8 additional shades of each color. 64 colors in total!
Once you install the colors I suggest you do not tamper too much with the intensity/brightness as this can cause some of the colors to look alike. Yes, I did this myself and had to redo everything.

Please see the link to my blog for installation:

I do not have the privilege to test this on a mac or different versions of Cubase. If you are able to successfully apply these colors on another system please share how you did it.

Hope you enjoy it!

by seyoum
Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:23 pm
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Re: Checked My IRQs - Some Shared Numbers - Question

The issues with shared IRQs that existed with older Windows are in the past.

I believe that the OS now has efficient jump table redirection of interrupts to the correct handling routines that may have been held up in the past versions. In other words, they found out how to overload (share) IRQs without unnecessary performance hits.
by Patanjali
Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:18 am
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Re: Checked My IRQs - Some Shared Numbers - Question


usually not an issue at all any more.

Don't touch it.

Cheers, Ernst
by Elien
Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:07 pm
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Re: Checked My IRQs - Some Shared Numbers - Question

IRQs and sharing was an issue of the hardware bus design (ISA, EISA, MCA, PCI, etc.). ISA didn't support it since it is an "edge triggered interrupt" but newer hardware architectures (as well as MCA, Microchannel, which is not so new) do support it because of the explosion in devices that need to be supported on a single motherboard now.

That's just in case you're curious.

Like others said, leave it alone. It doesn't cause problems now.
by foolomon
Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:13 am
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Re: What Makes Nuendo @$1700 vs. Cubase @$500?

OK then. Her's a list of things in Nuendo, that is NOT in Cubase:

Feature comparison - C7 vs N6

- ADR-Taker Tool
- 64Bit support for Blackmagic and Decklink video cards
- new codecs
- AAF-exchange
- nice Pro Tools compatibility
- bounce-to-markerpoints
- clip-packages/groups
- enhanced automation system
- automation flexible passes technology
- direct stem routing/mixer
- Wave Meters
- Monitor Matrix
- additional post-production plugins, e.g. Nuendo post filter
- PitchDriver, realtime pitch plugin
- MXF audio support
- enhanced EuCon support
- EDL List im/export
- enhanced scrubbing engine
- complete network integration via LAN, WAN
- export Note pad data
- enhanced surround panner V5
- surround matrix decoder/encoder
- additional postpro IRs for REVerence
- enhanced crossfade editor...
- Multiple marker-tracks
- Two video tracks
- Batch Export/Multiple stems export by cycle markers with advanced naming
- Proper Edit mode
- Anymix Pro Surround Panner with upmix/downmix
- Video pull up/down
- Video overlay for text
- Auro 3D format support / up to 13.2 surround support
- Support for IOSONO SAW / Wavefield synthesis products
- ProSoundEffects 1.5 GB FX post-production library included
- extended synchronization/machine control options / Syncstation connection
- EBU-compliant measurement with Loudness Track

+ more exclusives coming with Nuendo 6.5:
- BASS management
- AAF 2.0
- ... more to be added...

For the Pro Post Studio, many things are doing the price difference unimportant. If they need it, the buy it (and the clients pay for it ;-)).

As one who has used both Cubase and Nuendo since SX1 and N1.6, I can for the first time see very clearly the bounderies between their Music app and Post app.
Finally has Steinberg's nagging about the "two different apps" come through to many users, with the difference between Cubase 7.5 and the upcoming Nuendo 6.5.

As a music only producer, the choice of going Cubase only is for the first time easy.
Because I don't like certain parts of Cubase 7/7.5 and Nuendo 6, Nuendo 5.5 will be my last version.
If Cubase 8 will "fix and/or change" the things nagging me, I will go Cubase only.

But yes there are many things in Nuendo that justifies the price difference, if............if you run a pro Post Studio. For pro Music studio's only (and/or hobby), Cubase is the way.
Finally I agree with Steinbergs statement on differentiating the two apps. Not so clearly in earlier versions.
by iBM
Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:21 pm
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Re: A long read but a good one! Brotherhood opinions sought

Given that I'm going through a divorce that isn't so nice right now (still don't have my studio PC back grrrr), the following joke is rather appropriate...

Seen on a t-shirt:

"Woman: if they didn't have a vagina, they'd have a bounty on their heads."

by foolomon
Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:57 pm
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Re: A long read but a good one! Brotherhood opinions sought

just go with the flow and keep her on as cook and cleaner, let her go play with her mum and you find another woman to play with on the side ,cake and eat
by polgara
Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:51 pm
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[Solution] This can help, problems with child windows etc...

Hi all!

This can help you get better experience with Cubase PRO 8 problems like, you can't reach to desktop, problems that child windows fall behind editors etc. on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Follow my instructions! You only need to setup this once.

1. After you have launched Cubase PRO 8 you will see the main file-menu in top of the screen with "File", "Edit", "Project", "Audio" and so on....
You also see an empty "grey area" as a background in full window Cubase PRO 8 mode.

2. Now press ------> the left button beside the "close X"-button that called "restore down"-button. You find it in "top left" -side of your screen.
When you pressed the button once you will notice the empty "grey area" disappears and you will now see your windows desktop instead.

Great! Now you are done and all set!

I would recommend you all to use Cubase PRO 8 in that mode always instead of start in full Maximized view -"grey empty area" .
Don't worry the project itself that you load can or will always be in full maximized mode as normal. Other windows placement areas in the "project" on example mix console on second, third monitor etc. can be setup freely of own liking. 100% flexibility of own liking. You have now the option to use any "windows", big , small, maximized or whatever suits your needs.

So why use it that way? What is the benefits?

1. You can continue use your taskbar in "auto hide"-task bar mode in windows. It doesn't interfere with Cubase PRO 8 anymore.

2. You can easily minimized down your Cubase project you working on and still reach your desktop or the taskbar even in "auto hide mode". Sometimes you might want to start another applications in your system. Applications like the web browser, Wavelab even if you still working in Cubase PRO 8 etc.

3. Any child windows from example Kontakt 5, Omnisphere or other applications that need the functionality to be able to open up an extra windows dialog ontop of its own GUI, never disappears behind the GUI interface itself.
This is major benefit because many user have problems with that. Problem solved! ;)

Now any child window always open up "on top" never behind of example Kontakt 5 GUI. This child windows happens example if you want to save a VST instrument setting or patch etc..

4. You can anytime reach your taskbars icons like you did previously working with Cubase. Example your audio interface control panels etc. Just minimize the project window you working on and now you can reach all the taskbar icons.

I'm sure you all will find even more benefits! So take my advice and setup Cubase PRO 8 as I recommend you to do.
I hope you like it and solved some of your problems. :)

Best Regards
by Freddie H
Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:25 pm
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Re: Migrating settings and key commands

My settings didn't automatically migrate over from 7.5 initially but I tried installing Cubase again with the "Install for anyone who uses this computer(all users)" box checked and this migrated everything over perfectly. This option is on the bottom of the page in the install process that lists all the packages to install and their locations.
by Tracker
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:39 pm
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little tip with midi tracks and Asio guard !!

Just a small one that help somewhat on CPU intensive projects with lot of vst instruments.
some time when moving through tracks on project window or Mix console, if "enable record on selected midi tracks" is selected in preferences,the Asio meter can jump when Midi /vst instrument track are record enabled automatically.
so assigning a Key command that toggle that preference(enable record on selected midi tracks) should help to quickly toggle, and avoid arming midi tracks when not on recording progress.(while mixing, or getting ideas of sounds etc..)
by mozizo
Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:11 pm
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Re: hiding tab for VSTi / mediabay?

There are two default keyboard shortcuts as well:

Alt + T opens the VST instrument/media bay tab

Then you can use

Alt + Ctrl + T to toggle between the two tabs

Substitute Alt for Opt if on a mac
by purple0m
Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:33 am
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Re: Marker Window Navigation

"To Marker X" is your friend, in Key Commands. In my set up, I've assigned Num 0 to this key command. So if You want to go to marker 12, just pressing Num 0, then little windows shows up, then pressing Num1, Num2. Works great.
by Tomek
Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:02 am
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8.0.10 Important Heads-up

For those serious enough to read manuals it should interest you to know that the Operation Manual has been revised with the 8.0.10 update release!

Sections have been added.

There are a whopping 9 pages more in the new version, though admittedly some of this is due to poor editing (misplaced page breaks), there is some new material.

So don't forget to update your PDFs if you have them stored in other folders or on other devices (readers etc.).
I expect the files in the installation folders will be automatically replaced.
by BriHar
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:57 pm
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Just happened to hop on the Nektar website and discovered that just yesterday (03/20/2015) they quietly released an update to the firmware and driver for the Panorama series and Cubase!! Pleasantly surprised and completely unexpected yet extremely welcomed. Will be installing and testing it out over the next few days.

They even included a PDF Guide for using Cubase and the Panorama series boards which compiles pretty much everything from the website and some extras which is also very welcomed.

Hope this helps out anyone who was having issues.
by Produced By AURA
Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:32 am
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Re: How to cut out bars and squash up the rest ?

I think this is the function you're looking for: Edit -> Range -> Delete Time (key command on windows: Shift+Backspace)

If you want to move bar 16-50 to the end of bar 9 for all tracks at once: set left locator to beginning of bar 10 and right locator to end of bar 15, then apply Delete Time.

If you only want to do this on one track without affecting the others: use the Range Selection Tool to select the range to be deleted on that track, then again: Delete Time.

BTW, what do you mean by collapsing? Is that zooming horizontally? If so, the "G" and "H" keys are probably my favorite key commands on my keyboard...

Hope this helps,
by dirkpiano
Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:52 pm
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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: CPU Usage

It's based on overall "ASIO performance" which is based on Cubase's ability to "schedule audio packets" across available CPU cores.

Enabling ASIO Guard helps in most cases. ASIO Guard is similar (speculation) to Logic's "hybrid" audio engine. Basically, some sort of pre-rendering happens to tracks that aren't "live / real-time."

Increasing the audio interface's buffer is the main way to improve this. Latency is the tradeoff.

The job a "audio buffer (packet) scheduling" is a complex one that all DAWs do slightly differently. It's a tradeoff of raw latency vs. ability to splits up the job across more cores.

Factors in the signal chain such as "serial" vs "parallel" chains, factor in. Live effects on the stereo bus are usually examples of the "serial chain" and tend to be the hardest to split up across cores, for most DAWs. Reaper being the exception.

Individual VSTi channels, that feed into the stereo bus, are often examples of "parallel" chains for some DAW (notably, Sonar). They can often be split across cores more easily (again, Sonar works this way).

The Reaper DAW is an example of a DAW that does the most aggressive "slicing up" of the scheduled audio packets across all cores, and is why it will utilize the most of a CPU of all the DAWs (and therefore most closely matches the Task Manager meters).

Cubase, especially with the new ASIO Guard, probably comes in second place.

As ASIO Guard improves, the VST performance meter will start to more closely match the Windows Task Manager meter.
by Jalcide
Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:33 am
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