Another frustrated user.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the hardware rack settings are also written in the project file itself. Couldn’t get the hardware settings to reappear following everyone’s instructions above. But I was always opening an old project, created originally pre-Cubase 8.
So instead, I did the ol’ driver changeroo, and instead, created a new project. And the hardware settings were there.
Next, I went back to the trouble project. Audio Hardware Setup WAS in the device menu. BUT, there’s no hardware option in the racks list! And I have not managed (yet) to find the magic to bring that back on this project.
When I got the racks back, I created an empty project, and in the racks, opened up the Hardware section, and saved it that way. So far, that project always opens up OK. But, when I open up a trouble project, they are still missing.
The real frustrating part is that I would be better off if I was using a non-integrated non-Steinberg interface. Not a good message…