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Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:57 pm
by JMCecil
OH ... yes ... sorry I didn't realize you had all the parts open. That person was correct. Glad you got it.
EDIT: It's only in the menu if it is a shared copy.

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:13 am
by Jimbo88
Hey everyone!

I just ported over from Sonar and have a question. Am I suppose to have access to Halion? When I load up Cubase i get an error message saying i do not have the proper eLisenses for a bunch of plugins I dloaded from the Cubase assist after I got Cubase up and running.

I'm thinking Sonar crossovers might not have all product access due to the discounted price and we should be able to use our Sonar plugins to get started.

Anyway, thanks in advance and I'm really, really liking Cubase...I should have jumped here long ago.

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:41 pm
by Ed Doll
Jimbo88 wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:13 am
Hey everyone!

I just ported over from Sonar and have a question. Am I suppose to have access to Halion? When I load up Cubase i get an error message saying i do not have the proper eLisenses for a bunch of plugins I dloaded from the Cubase assist after I got Cubase up and running.

I'm thinking Sonar crossovers might not have all product access due to the discounted price and we should be able to use our Sonar plugins to get started.

Anyway, thanks in advance and I'm really, really liking Cubase...I should have jumped here long ago.
Hi and welcome! With the crossgrade you get a regular and in no way stripped down Cubase Pro 9.5 license. But it is just the Cubase Pro 9.5 including the SE versions of HALion and Groove Agent.
The Steinberg Download Assistant includes more products that require additional licenses indeed - like HALion Sonic (without the "SE") and HALion. If you downloaded these and get a license error, you can either request a trial activation code for them or uninstall them again. Trials are available here: https://www.steinberg.net/en/products/s ... ml#c362267

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:54 am
by SuperG
I have a couple of questions, hopefully not too involved.
When you freeze an instrument track, is there any representation on the time line of the rendered audio?

I guess in this case it's taking some getting used to the way Cubase handles VST outputs.

2 I'm using a Yamaha MU100 and the patch script for it seems to be working great. Cubase limits drums to channel 10. I understand it's a convention, but is this due to a [mode 10] statement in the patch script? Its not a big deal, but the MU really doesn't care what channel you put drums on as long as get the proper bank/program data sent to it....

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:44 am
by JohanSabatianGremlin
Is there a setting somewhere that will make playback stop automatically at the end of the project? I looked through preferences but didn't see anything.

I did a search of the forum and found a thread that suggested a few workarounds such as adding an arranger track and/or somehow defining the length of the project. But those workarounds are, well, workarounds. Does the function exist or are workarounds the only option at this point?

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:44 am
by SuperG
Woohoo!

I am now officially a Cubase user - I went ahead and purchased the crossgrade from Sweetwater. An early Christmas for me!

I'm finding that the major differences that need getting used-to are UI/mouse clicks and stuff. Sonar was firmly wedded to the windows platform and thus had a rather consistent conventions, where Cubase seems a bit different. This isn't something that muscle memory won't quickly conquer though. I'm really impressed with Cubase's capabilities. I really like the control room - it solves a lot of monitoring issues that Sonar was lacking.

I'll continue to post my observations as an Sonar user transitioning to Cubase.

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:28 pm
by dlion16
Hi. I tried to run pro, but found I need to buy an eliscense to run the demo. So I tried to run elements but it keeps asking for a key. I uninstalled everything starting from scratch now. If I dl the dl manager and then only dl elements, will I be able to install it without a key? Thanks.

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:55 am
by chirs241097
I've been a user of the Absolute Collection for some time and I used it in SONAR Platinum.
I found the Cubase Pro crossgrade interesting and decided to give it a try. I got used to the workflow pretty quickly and found all the features corresponding to the ones I used most in SONAR.
However it seems to be impossible for me, who live in China, to get the crossgrade. The distributor of Steinberg here is Yamaha music & electronics (China). They have very outdated information on their website: https://i.imgur.com/8ziuQc4.png (I have no idea why the list on the right duplicates itself).
The product page of Cubase 9.5 is (even worse than) machine translated and does not provide any means to purchase.
Does that means users in China won't be able to get the crossgrade? My trail is expiring in a few days. Could someone here help me?

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:17 am
by Ed Doll
dlion16 wrote:
Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:28 pm
Hi. I tried to run pro, but found I need to buy an eliscense to run the demo. So I tried to run elements but it keeps asking for a key. I uninstalled everything starting from scratch now. If I dl the dl manager and then only dl elements, will I be able to install it without a key? Thanks.
You can download through the Steinberg Download Assistant but you'll still need the correct activation code (license) to run Cubase Elements.
You can get it here: https://www.steinberg.net/en/products/s ... ml#c387940 (a re-download of the software is not necessary. You need the activation code only).

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:20 am
by Ed Doll
chirs241097 wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:55 am
I've been a user of the Absolute Collection for some time and I used it in SONAR Platinum.
I found the Cubase Pro crossgrade interesting and decided to give it a try. I got used to the workflow pretty quickly and found all the features corresponding to the ones I used most in SONAR.
However it seems to be impossible for me, who live in China, to get the crossgrade. The distributor of Steinberg here is Yamaha music & electronics (China). They have very outdated information on their website: https://i.imgur.com/8ziuQc4.png (I have no idea why the list on the right duplicates itself).
The product page of Cubase 9.5 is (even worse than) machine translated and does not provide any means to purchase.
Does that means users in China won't be able to get the crossgrade? My trail is expiring in a few days. Could someone here help me?
I am sorry for that rather bad experience! I have forwarded it to our sales department.
If you can access our webshop, it should be possible to order the crossgrade from us directly as a download product: https://www.steinberg.net/en/shop/buy_p ... ro-95.html (last entry in the list)

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:44 am
by chirs241097
Ed Doll wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:20 am

I am sorry for that rather bad experience! I have forwarded it to our sales department.
If you can access our webshop, it should be possible to order the crossgrade from us directly as a download product: https://www.steinberg.net/en/shop/buy_p ... ro-95.html (last entry in the list)
Thanks for your quick reply!
I can find the crossgrade in the webshop this afternoon (it wasn't there several days ago). I'm pretty sure that I'm able to get the crossgrade now!

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:07 am
by MUDGEL
Hi Cubasers! I don’t know if that’s the correct term but I’ll use it until corrected.
Well I’m another refugee from Cakewalk. Started there in 1993 when the impending closure of Amiga forced me elsewhere namely PC.
Now that I’m running Cubase 9.5.1 I figure that’s about all the PC DAWs I’ve tried except Digital Performer.

I’m looking forward to being as involved here as I was over there and excited to be trying a DAW I haven’t tried before. My signature should give you an idea of how serious I am about my gear (still building my new PC),
The Cakewalk forum was a bit of a second home so I hope I can get that feel here and make new friends. I think there’s a few of us coming over. I’m not trying things out, I’ve jumped in.

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:46 pm
by bartveld
Ed Doll wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:44 pm
bartveld wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:28 pm
As I am a former Sonar user who's made the jump to Cubase I feel it's appropriate to put this question here, even though it's not technical: What's customer service at Steinberg like? I ask this because I filled out a ticket 17 days ago and still haven't received any answer. The experience with Cakewalk was rather different. And yes, I also put the question here at the forum, but there, too, everyone seemed preoccupied with their own problems (or maybe they didn't have an answer).
I assume that this has the potential of derailing this topic quite a bit ;) As the support manager for Europe, I can honestly say that we try our best to answer as fast as possible. Every now and then we succeed and every now and then we fail (yes, 17 days counts a a major fail).
In autumn we were on a good way to reduce the backlog again but the Christmas business and other events just like the Cakewalk incident didn't really help. That's how it is and we hope to improve the situation after the Christmas holidays again.
Let me come back here and sing the praises of Ed Doll, who helped me patiently and resolved my query.
On another note: A few days ago I did some MIDI-editing in the Key Editor and I was very pleasnatly surprised by the ease with which this is done. Especially the right-click pop-up of the tools right under your cursor is a simple but magnificent extra, which makes a big difference compared to Sonar.

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:12 pm
by SuperG
Discovered the 'logical" editor the other day. Wow - it made for some short work in the list editor. VERY handy!

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:17 pm
by KeithAdv
Hiya transitioners!

I have to say I'm pretty delighted with Cubase, despite using only Cakewalk/Sonar for nearly 30 years. I use Cubase exclusively now.

I just thought I'd share something with you that helped me out a lot. When I bought Cubase, I also got a Black Friday deal on Groove 3's Cubase 9 Explained. Turned out to be a great buy because although it doesn't go very deep, it helped get very comfortable with my new DAW in a hurry. Since then, I found this which I also bought (they even reduced my price a little due to the course I already purchased!)

Groove 3 Power User Bundle

Some of the courses are based on previous versions of Cubase but I still think mostly apply. It's 8 courses that--at the bundle price of $48--cost $6 each.

The bad news is the sale runs four about 4 more days, so get in if you want it.

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:02 pm
by dlion16
Thanks, Ed. Got it running, liking it. Couple questions.

In sonar, I could access an asio control panel to change buffers from 128 to 256… how to in cb?

In sonar, I can select a midi clip and its associated instrument and bounce to track to write to audio. How to cb?

Quick way to duplicate like ctrl-drag in sonar?

Much appreciated.

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:19 am
by l3v3l6
dlion16 wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:02 pm
Thanks, Ed. Got it running, liking it. Couple questions.

In sonar, I could access an asio control panel to change buffers from 128 to 256… how to in cb?

In sonar, I can select a midi clip and its associated instrument and bounce to track to write to audio. How to cb?

Quick way to duplicate like ctrl-drag in sonar?

Much appreciated.
1. Studio > Studio Setup. Choose your audio device. There's a button for its Control Panel applet. https://steinberg.help/cubase_pro_artis ... ol%2Cpanel


2. Click the Freeze button in the track inspector.
https://steinberg.help/cubase_pro_artis ... ing_t.html

3. In Cubase it's Alt+Drag to create a copy.

All the manuals are available online in web or PDF format.
https://steinberg.help/cubase-manuals/c ... e-pro-9-5/

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:30 am
by JClosed
MUDGEL wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:07 am
Hi Cubasers! I don’t know if that’s the correct term but I’ll use it until corrected.
Well I’m another refugee from Cakewalk. Started there in 1993 when the impending closure of Amiga forced me elsewhere namely PC.
Now that I’m running Cubase 9.5.1 I figure that’s about all the PC DAWs I’ve tried except Digital Performer.

I’m looking forward to being as involved here as I was over there and excited to be trying a DAW I haven’t tried before. My signature should give you an idea of how serious I am about my gear (still building my new PC),
The Cakewalk forum was a bit of a second home so I hope I can get that feel here and make new friends. I think there’s a few of us coming over. I’m not trying things out, I’ve jumped in.
Hi MUDGEL, nice to see you here.

I am an old Sonar user myself, and made the final jump to full Cubase in April this year. Until then I was primarily using Cubase with Sonar as third (I am using Ableton Live too) DAW (well - I use Wavelab Elements too). I have not tried DP myself, because I heard the older versions where not that stable and easy to use. That seems to be improved now. Still - the Cubase/Live combination is all what I need (and more), so I feel no urge to dabble around with other DAW's. Maybe sometime on a rainy and slow day? Who knows...

Anyway - The forum here is not as lively as Sonar's forum, but it's not bad either. People here are most times visiting to asking questions or report errors (or perceived errors). In a lot of cases those problems are solved fast by the helpful other visitors here. It's just not really a "chatting" forum, like the Cakewalk forums, but by no means bad.

Anyway - If you have questions about Cubase, or problems with Cubase, just come over here and ask away... ;-).

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:09 am
by MUDGEL
It’s been like landing on an alien planet where you don’t know anything. I had to look up the manual to work out how to insert a plugin. Absolutely foreign. I’m sure I’m going to have many moments like that, but that’s OK as I’m a manual kind of guy. But I’ve yet to really spend much time with it as my PC died the day after I installed it. Maybe it was an allergic reaction to Cubase. Just kidding really.
In the meantime I got the last of the components today for the build in my signature and get stuck in.

Good to see a familiar name over here. I’m sure there’ll be more of us as time goes by.

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:26 pm
by JMCecil
To duplicate parts you can drag the little box on the side/middle of the part.

To bounce MIDI parts + instruments use the "EDIT -> Render In Place" function. It's important to actually read the manual on that. There is a lot of things you can do with it.

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:05 pm
by peakae
I would encourage new Steinberg users to drop by the lounge
viewforum.php?f=198
Tell us who you are, what you do, in what area of the world you live.
If you have some music to share, "Made With Steinberg" is the place to discuss, praise or get help with a song.
viewforum.php?f=219
There has been more chatter in general forum the past, but the Signal to Noise ratio was getting out of hand.
I think the moderators are doing a great job, keeping threads On Topic. That also makes it easier to search for solutions, when a problem arises.
Hope you all are going to have a great time here, Welcome.
See you in the Lounge.

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:28 am
by SuperG
MUDGEL wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:09 am
It’s been like landing on an alien planet where you don’t know anything. I had to look up the manual to work out how to insert a plugin. Absolutely foreign. I’m sure I’m going to have many moments like that, but that’s OK as I’m a manual kind of guy. But I’ve yet to really spend much time with it as my PC died the day after I installed it. Maybe it was an allergic reaction to Cubase. Just kidding really.
In the meantime I got the last of the components today for the build in my signature and get stuck in.

Good to see a familiar name over here. I’m sure there’ll be more of us as time goes by.
I'd say you need at least a month to get your "sea legs" here for prior Sonar users. Cubase is pretty broad - but it's UI conventions for interface elements are quite different than the "Windows Standard" conventions of Sonar.

Case-in-point: I finally decided to investigate visibility "Zones" in the visibility inspector. I tried like mad to click on the "dot", but nothing happened. So, it's over to the manual (no proper help file) and there it says to drag the dot "to the left" or "to the right". So I tried dragging. Nada. Zip. Zero. I scratched my head for a minute before an idea popped up. Lets try clicking to either side of the dot - Bingo! So, the manual wasn't much help, and there's nothing about that "dot" user interface element to even suggest that it's a toggle control. So whenever you hear some hipster rant about UI skeumorphism and claim that it limits creativity, you'll know he's full of beans. Flat design is simply a stylistic decision that may or may not contribute to a better experience. It's been a few weeks of little trials like that. Still, I'm more than happy with Cubase - just thought it would be easier to transition.

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:41 am
by MUDGEL
I hope to be finished replacing the tailgate/hatch on my car tomorrow then I’ll finish building my new PC and look forward to the delights of installing win 10 from scratch. It was the free update from win 8.1. I’ve been told it’s as simple as installing it then contacting MS by phone for activation.
Then onto installing all the software and Plugins. All the sample libraries are Ok. This is finally be an exclusive DaW and multimedia workstation. Woohoo!

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:21 pm
by djw
SuperG wrote:
Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:28 am
there's nothing about that "dot" user interface element to even suggest that it's a toggle control. So whenever you hear some hipster rant about UI skeumorphism and claim that it limits creativity, you'll know he's full of beans. Flat design is simply a stylistic decision that may or may not contribute to a better experience.
They used to be like radio buttons where the other dots were empty circles, which made it more clear. I don't think it has much to do with using skeuomorphism or not.

Re: Homebase for Sonar users

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:22 pm
by jpbanks
JohanSabatianGremlin wrote:
Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:44 am
Is there a setting somewhere that will make playback stop automatically at the end of the project? I looked through preferences but didn't see anything.

I did a search of the forum and found a thread that suggested a few workarounds such as adding an arranger track and/or somehow defining the length of the project. But those workarounds are, well, workarounds. Does the function exist or are workarounds the only option at this point?
Hello, unfortunately, I don't believe there is a setting to automatically stop playback. I did a search as you have done and I found nothing except for the workaround. It's frustrating but I've gotten into the habit of stopping playback.