Though I work since decades with Cubase I am today confused about Cubase metronome BPM values.
If I set tempo 60 in a 4/4 time signature I get 60 beats pro minute.
But if I set tempo 60 in a 4/8 time signature I get 120 beats pro minute!
Of course the beats click on each 8th note and the grid resolution is right but the speed is 120 beats pro minute and not 60!
Cubase seems to always use quarter notes as beat units regardless of the time signature.
It means then that all tempo indications in Cubase are correct only if you use a quarter note as denominator
As soon as you use something else for the denominator the BPM value is not correct any more.
Why is it so?
In a 4/8 time signature a beat is a 8th note
In a 4/4 time signature a beat is a quarter note.
If I set tempo 60 in a piece with a 4/4 time signature the metronome should have the same speed as in a piece with a 4/8 time signature and tempo 60.
I found this thread: https://www.steinberg.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=56065
where this behaviour has been already mentioned but there is no answer on why it is so and if it is the way it should be.
It seems also as before Cubase 9,5 there was a metronome setting called: “Use count base” which allowed the user to change the rhythm of the metronome.
In this page there is a description of this feature: https://steinberg.help/cubase_pro_artist/v9/en/cubase_nuendo/topics/playback/playback_metronome_setup_r.html
Use Count Base
Activate this to set the rhythm of the metronome. For example, setting this to 1/8, gives you eighth notes (two clicks per beat).
I never used this setting before so I am not sure that this setting would correct Cubase behaviour and I can’t find this setting in Cubase 9.5
Any thoughts on this?