I’m coming from Logic and is learning Cubase 7. A few quick questions I haven’t been able to find an answer to has accumulated on my list. I figured it’d be an easy task for you guys to turn them from q’s to a’s.
- In Logic most plugins had a mono->stereo version, so that a mono track of a vocal recording for example could be turned into a stereo track by using an effect. This doesn’t seem to exist in Cubase, and if I choose a stereo track right from the start I cannot record mono? I’m probably doing something wrong here.
Seems that VST is limited in this regard and the only solution is to route a mono channel to a stereo group channel and use stereo effects here Correct me if there is a better way..
- I’m aware of lanes, but is there no way of simply getting another channel that is hooked up to the same instrument? I’m used to this way of working in Logic for creating layers of stuff with for example drum tracks. I know midi lanes can have layers that play at the same time but it’s not quite the same thing. Are lanes still the suggested way of working in this sense?
Add the VST plugin in the VST Instruments window instead (F11) this allows for multiple tracks for the same plugin. It also allows for multi out and multi timbral plugins.
- When using the comp tool to create a comp of a few vocal takes, assume here that the automatic crossfade isn’t enough and I need an extra long fade in one location. This works great to add and adjust, but if I need to adjust the comp after adding the fade, it is no longer possible. Even if I remove the fade, I still cannot use the comp tool again to adjust the split. Even if I glue together everything I still see a line where the fade was and if I open the audio editor I see there is a split between the clips where the fade was that I cannot glue. What’s going on here, what am I doing wrong and how am I suppose to work here?
First remove the fade by selecting the two clips and select remove fades from the edit menu. Then make sure snap is one and use the default selection tool. Click and hold on the clip sizer of the foreground clip, move the mouse a little and it will snap back together with the next clip. Do the same on the second foreground clip. After this you can use the comp tool again as before.
- There’s no gain plugin in Cubase, how do I automate the gain without affecting the volume fader? The first thing I thought of was to automate the pre sections gain instead, would this be considered correct or do I need to get a gain plugin?
There is no gain-plugin bundled with Steinberg which I personally find a little strange. Any plugin with a trim or gain feature can however be used. Free alternatives are available such as Solaksis free gain plugin which is probably among the better.
- When editing automation, how do I easily draw a flat u-curve, that is: |_| often used on for example a gain plugin to pick off parts that I want muted. I saw the square draw tool, but it seems I have to invert every other draw to get it right, probably not the right way to do it.
The kind of curve I am referring to here is this: http://d.pr/i/JBG9
After alot of testing the best solution is probably to use the select tool and put a point at the beginning and another at the end of the segment and then click and hold for a third point inbetween that you drag up to the left to form the first part. In this method you actually see the value you are putting it at. Finish of by doing the same for the end of the segment and remember the set value to get the line straight. Another way is to use the square line tool but this is abit tricky and will not get a number feedback so it requires an extra step selecting the points to adjust them.
Thank you so much in advance, hopefully I can contribute to beginners myself further on when I’m more confident with Cubase.
EDITED: I consider everything answered. Thank you to all that contributed. Hopefully this thread will help others that move from other DAWS.