I currently have my Cubase 6 template setup so I can easily do a batch export of 30 stems in one go. I have created a bunch of outputs in VST connections and then assign the outputs of each VST instrument/audio track/send to their relavent output. I.e. my violins VST instrument is set to go to my ‘Strings’ output.
This is great for creating a ton of stems in one pass. BUT what I’d like to do is have an option to simultaneously print a full stereo mix (of all instruments etc). As right now I have to export all the stems, then reimport those resulting audio files into Cubase (or Protools) and finally export a full stereo mix from there.
My solution was to do this -
- create a group track
- put a send on every track in the project (inc fx etc) and have that send going to the Group track.
- Create a new output in VST connections (and name it ‘Stereo Full Mix’)
- Make sure that new output isn’t connected to any hardware outs (otherwise I’d be double tracking!)
- Then when I open the ‘Export Audio Mixdown’ Dialogue I could simply select the ‘Stereo Full Mix’ Group track along with all my stems and VOILA! I’d have a reference stereo mix to go along with all my stems.
This all seemed to work but I decided to do a null test between all my stems and the stereo mix and I found that they didn’t perfectly cancel each other. Why would the Stereo mix created in the Group track not be identical to the sum of all the stems?