Hi, if you want the actual audio event to start at exactly bar one:
- enable grid (bar)
- choose the selector tool (second item in the toolbar)
- select the area from bar one to the end of the verse vocal
- in the audio menu select “new audio file from selection” (I’m working with Cubase set to German, so the translation may be a bit different) [my shortcut for this is AltGr+N]
- In the context editor select “replace”
That should be it. You created a new audio file were you consolidated all the selected audio to a new file. Everything that has been blank before, is filled with silence in the audio file now. This method is very powerful and fast. It also works over multiple tracks (a file is created for every track). I also use it to export whole projects (select all tracks from bar one to the end -> one file for every track and they all allign. These files can be used with every audio application).
Note that there is no plugin processing with this method (as opposed to bouncing).
Having said that, the regular method for a pickup would be the sync point thing as mentioned before. I don’t like to move the sync point manually, so what I do is: select event, enable grid, move the cursor to bar two (in your case) and go to the audio menu (“move sync point to cursor”). Actually I use a shortcut for that.
But what I would actually do: enable grid, select the the vocal part (as in selector tool!), drag it where I want it. Fast, clean, no additional audio generated, perfect timing
Hope that helps.