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Cubase and Nuendo Program Preferences Files in Detail

This article lists all the files which are storing program settings or preferences on your system for current Cubase and Nuendo versions. Some of the files listed here might not be available in Cubase Essential/Studio/Artist/AI/LE though.

The folder for these files can be found at these locations:

Mac OS X

  • Quit all programs.
  • Go to "*Your Username*/Library/Preferences" and locate the folder which is named the same as your Cubase/Nuendo version.
  • Please note: Since Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), the user's Library folder is hidden! Here is how to access it: In the menu bar of Mac OS X click on "Go". While the menu is folded out holding down the [ alt ] key (options) will show the "Library" entry.


  • Close all programs.
  • Open the "Run" command prompt.
    Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8: Press the Windows logo key + R simultaneously.
    Windows XP: Select 'Run' from the Start menu.
  • In the command line of the 'Run' window, enter this path: %appdata%/Steinberg
  • Locate the folder which is named the same as your Cubase/Nuendo version.

List of settings files and their purpose

    Setting... Stored in... 
    Color setup (default) Defaults.xml 
    Color setup Saved with project file 
    Crossfade presets \Presets\RAMPresets.xml 
    Device maps Folder where program is installed into \Device Maps *.xml 
    Device Panels \Panels\<device name><unique combination of letters and numbers>.xml 
    Device port input / output setup Port Setup.xml 
    Drum maps \Drumaps\ as *.drm 
    Edit modifier keys (current) Edit Modifiers.xml 
    EQ presets \Presets\VstEqPresets.xml 
    External FX / Instruments setups in VST Connections External Plugins.xml 
    Insert presets \Presets\InsertsFolderPresets.pxml 
    Installed MIDI devices Midi Devices.bin 
    Key command presets \Presets\KeyCommands\<preset name>.xml 
    Key commands (current) Key Commands.xml 
    Logical Editor presets \Presets\Logical Edit\<preset name>.xml 
    MediaBay auto scan drives FileSysObserver.xml 
    MediaBay column, list, attribute settings MediaDefaults.xml 
    MediaBay factory defaults for "Reset" MediaFactoryDefaults.xml 
    MediaBay settings MediaDefaults.xml 
    MediaBay databasemediabay3.bin (former versions: mediabay.bin)
    MediaBay already scanned foldersscannedFolders3.bin (former versions: scannedFolders.bin)
    MIDI FX presets \Presets\<plugin name>\<preset name>.xml 
    MIDI Insert presets \Presets\MidiInsertsPresets\ as *.xml 
    MIDI Snapshots \Presets\MIDI snapshot\<device name><unique combination of letters and numbers> as *.xml 
    Mixer (or channel) settings Saved in the last active folder as *.vmx (VST Mixer settings) 
    Mixer view presets Saved with project file 
    Patch name scripts \Scripts\Patchnames\ as *.txt 
    Preferences (current) Defaults.xml 
    Preferences configuration presets  \Presets\Configurations\<preset name>.xml 
    Preferences configuration Configuration.xml 
    Quantize presets \Presets\RAMPresets.xml 
    Score custom palettes Score Custom Palettes.xml 
    Score default font Score Default Font.xml 
    Score guitar symbols for dialogue, symbol inspector GuitarLib.xml 
    Score setting window setup Score Setting Window.xml 
    Score staff presets \Presets\Staff Presets as *.xml file 
    Template user projects \Templates\<template name>.cpr 
    Tool bar presets \Presets\RAMPresets.xml 
    Track control presets \Presets\RAMPresets.xml 
    Track presets (included with the program) Folder where program is installed into \Track Presets (with sub folders \Audio, \Instrument, \Midi, \Multi) as *.trackpreset 
    Track presets (user defined) Win: \Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data\Steinberg\Track Presets
    Mac: <user name>\Library\Application Support\Steinberg\Track Presets (with sub folders \Audio, \Instrument, \Midi, \Multi) as *.trackpreset 
    Transport panel presets \Presets\RAMPresets.xml 
    Usage profile protocol  Usage Profile.xml (only if enabled in the preferences) 
    VST Connections presets \Presets\RAMPresets.xml 
    VST2 plug-ins (not loadable) Vst2xBlacklist.xml 
    VST2 plug-ins and instruments Vst2xPlugins.xml 
    VST3 plug-ins and instruments VstPlugInfo.xml 
    VST3 presets (included with the program) In the application folder under \VST3 Presets as *.vstpreset file 
    VST3 presets (public, for all programs) Win: c:\Documents an Settings\<user name>\Application Data\Steinberg\Track Presets
    Mac: <user name>\Library\Application Support\Steinberg\Track Presets as *.vstpreset file 
    Workspaces Presets (global) Window Layouts.xml 
    Workspaces Saved with project file 
    Zoom presets \Presets\RAMPresets.xml 

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