Bug: Adding External FX Favorites (reproducable)

After launching cubase before launching my turning on my soundcard, all settings for ALL external instruments and effects are lost, so in order to save myself the hassle of having to reconfigure everything whenever this happens, I added them as favorites using the favorite function provided by Cubase (I am guessing for this very same reason).

So today it happened, I figured no problem, I remove all the entries and add them again from the favorites menu. Only every time I try to add them it tells me “This favorite has already been added!”.

I tried everything I could think off, trashing all preferences and only copying the “ExternalPlugins.xml” file, and so on.

Anybody else ever have this problem? For me this is a real workflow killer, cause I have quite a few outboard instruments and processors…

Video: http://youtu.be/tdynnG3P__8

Well, after losing my precious time, I managed to completely reproduce this bug:

  1. Trash all preferences
  2. Add an external Instrument and add this to the favorites
  3. Add an external FX and add this to the favorites
  4. Remove instrument from current list
  5. Remove FX from current list
  6. Now try to add the external FX back to the list from the favorites menu -> nothing will happen
  7. Now try adding it again and you should receive the message “This favorite has already been added!”

Win7 64bit, Cubase 64bit 6.05

PS. XML upload is not allowed, so below is the content of my (working) External Plugins.xml. Try removing all instruments and FX from the active windows, and than try to add an FX from the favorites list…

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<ExternalPlugins>
   <list name="External Effects" type="list">
      <item>
         <string name="External Effect Name" value="Voyager" wide="true"/>
         <member name="External Effect UID">
            <string name="GUID" value="A178D9ADE4F54475AE16C4EEEE16741D" wide="true"/>
         </member>
         <int name="External Instrument" value="1"/>
         <list name="Receiver Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="27"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 IP 5"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
         <float name="Dispatcher Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="Receiver Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="User Delay Seconds" value="0"/>
         <member name="Midi Link">
            <string name="NodePathID" value="Midi Device Manager\Voyager" wide="true"/>
         </member>
      </item>
      <item>
         <string name="External Effect Name" value="Machinedrum" wide="true"/>
         <member name="External Effect UID">
            <string name="GUID" value="347F4DE88FB64870A99F7007C57E96A9" wide="true"/>
         </member>
         <int name="External Instrument" value="1"/>
         <list name="Receiver Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="28"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 ADAT 3"/>
               </list>
            </item>
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 2" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="29"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 ADAT 4"/>
               </list>
            </item>
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 3" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="30"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 ADAT 5"/>
               </list>
            </item>
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 4" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="31"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 ADAT 6"/>
               </list>
            </item>
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 5" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="32"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 ADAT 1"/>
               </list>
            </item>
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 6" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="33"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 ADAT 2"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
         <float name="Dispatcher Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="Receiver Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="User Delay Seconds" value="0"/>
         <member name="Midi Link">
            <string name="NodePathID" value="Midi Device Manager\Machinedrum" wide="true"/>
         </member>
      </item>
      <item>
         <string name="External Effect Name" value="Virus B/KB" wide="true"/>
         <member name="External Effect UID">
            <string name="GUID" value="A33E07FE84A04CB8A8A1502509C6C774" wide="true"/>
         </member>
         <int name="External Instrument" value="1"/>
         <list name="Receiver Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="34"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 IP 3"/>
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 IP 4"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
         <float name="Dispatcher Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="Receiver Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="User Delay Seconds" value="0"/>
         <member name="Midi Link">
            <string name="NodePathID" value="Midi Device Manager\Virus B/KB" wide="true"/>
         </member>
      </item>
      <item>
         <string name="External Effect Name" value="Eclipse" wide="true"/>
         <member name="External Effect UID">
            <string name="GUID" value="37E47BDC4AD8412D92376BE1A55F2BA7" wide="true"/>
         </member>
         <int name="External Instrument" value="0"/>
         <list name="Dispatcher Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Send Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="35"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="11"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="O|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 SPDIF L"/>
                  <item value="O|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 SPDIF R"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
         <list name="Receiver Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="36"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 SPDIF L"/>
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 SPDIF R"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
         <float name="Dispatcher Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="Receiver Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="User Delay Seconds" value="0"/>
         <member name="Midi Link">
            <string name="NodePathID" value="" wide="true"/>
         </member>
      </item>
      <item>
         <string name="External Effect Name" value="El Capistan" wide="true"/>
         <member name="External Effect UID">
            <string name="GUID" value="24A66F4E846740518D6D35184E618F8F" wide="true"/>
         </member>
         <int name="External Instrument" value="0"/>
         <list name="Dispatcher Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Send Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="37"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="11"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="O|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 Line 10"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
         <list name="Receiver Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="38"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 ADAT 7"/>
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 ADAT 8"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
         <float name="Dispatcher Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="Receiver Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="User Delay Seconds" value="0"/>
         <member name="Midi Link">
            <string name="NodePathID" value="" wide="true"/>
         </member>
      </item>
      <item>
         <string name="External Effect Name" value="CultureVultureSt" wide="true"/>
         <member name="External Effect UID">
            <string name="GUID" value="E061F5DB391A46BE8680EB7EE6CCA179" wide="true"/>
         </member>
         <int name="External Instrument" value="0"/>
         <list name="Dispatcher Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Send Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="39"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="11"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="O|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 Line 8"/>
                  <item value="O|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 Line 9"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
         <list name="Receiver Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="40"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 IP 1"/>
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 IP 2"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
         <float name="Dispatcher Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="Receiver Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="User Delay Seconds" value="0"/>
         <member name="Midi Link">
            <string name="NodePathID" value="" wide="true"/>
         </member>
      </item>
      <item>
         <string name="External Effect Name" value="Compounder" wide="true"/>
         <member name="External Effect UID">
            <string name="GUID" value="6586732EA76B4CC592081B86030CE8A5" wide="true"/>
         </member>
         <int name="External Instrument" value="0"/>
         <list name="Dispatcher Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Send Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="41"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="11"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="O|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 Line 4"/>
                  <item value="O|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 Line 5"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
         <list name="Receiver Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="42"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 IP 7"/>
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 IP 8"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
         <float name="Dispatcher Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="Receiver Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="User Delay Seconds" value="0"/>
         <member name="Midi Link">
            <string name="NodePathID" value="" wide="true"/>
         </member>
      </item>
   </list>
   <list name="External Effects Favorites Attributes" type="list">
      <item>
         <string name="External Effect Name" value="Voyager" wide="true"/>
         <member name="External Effect UID">
            <string name="GUID" value="A178D9ADE4F54475AE16C4EEEE16741D" wide="true"/>
         </member>
         <int name="External Instrument" value="1"/>
         <list name="Receiver Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="27"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 IP 5"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
         <float name="Dispatcher Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="Receiver Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="User Delay Seconds" value="0"/>
         <member name="Midi Link">
            <string name="NodePathID" value="Midi Device Manager\Voyager" wide="true"/>
         </member>
      </item>
      <item>
         <string name="External Effect Name" value="Machinedrum" wide="true"/>
         <member name="External Effect UID">
            <string name="GUID" value="347F4DE88FB64870A99F7007C57E96A9" wide="true"/>
         </member>
         <int name="External Instrument" value="1"/>
         <list name="Receiver Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="28"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 ADAT 3"/>
               </list>
            </item>
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 2" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="29"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 ADAT 4"/>
               </list>
            </item>
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 3" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="30"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 ADAT 5"/>
               </list>
            </item>
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 4" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="31"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 ADAT 6"/>
               </list>
            </item>
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 5" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="32"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 ADAT 1"/>
               </list>
            </item>
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 6" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="33"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="0"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 ADAT 2"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
         <float name="Dispatcher Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="Receiver Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="User Delay Seconds" value="0"/>
         <member name="Midi Link">
            <string name="NodePathID" value="Midi Device Manager\Machinedrum" wide="true"/>
         </member>
      </item>
      <item>
         <string name="External Effect Name" value="Virus B/KB" wide="true"/>
         <member name="External Effect UID">
            <string name="GUID" value="A33E07FE84A04CB8A8A1502509C6C774" wide="true"/>
         </member>
         <int name="External Instrument" value="1"/>
         <list name="Receiver Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Return Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="34"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="10"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 IP 3"/>
                  <item value="I|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 IP 4"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
         <float name="Dispatcher Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="Receiver Gain Float" value="1"/>
         <float name="User Delay Seconds" value="0"/>
         <member name="Midi Link">
            <string name="NodePathID" value="Midi Device Manager\Virus B/KB" wide="true"/>
         </member>
      </item>
      <item>
         <string name="External Effect Name" value="Eclipse" wide="true"/>
         <member name="External Effect UID">
            <string name="GUID" value="37E47BDC4AD8412D92376BE1A55F2BA7" wide="true"/>
         </member>
         <int name="External Instrument" value="0"/>
         <list name="Dispatcher Busses" type="list">
            <item>
               <string name="Name" value="Send Bus 1" wide="true"/>
               <int name="Bus UID" value="35"/>
               <int name="Bus Type" value="11"/>
               <member name="Input Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <member name="Output Arrangement">
                  <list name="Type" type="int">
                     <item value="1"/>
                     <item value="2"/>
                  </list>
               </member>
               <list name="Connections" type="string">
                  <item value="O|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 SPDIF L"/>
                  <item value="O|ASIO Saffire|Liquid56-000060 SPDIF R"/>
               </list>
            </item>
         </list>
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            <item>
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</ExternalPlugins>

Hello,
I try few minutes and reproduce your problem but:
I think the problem is that the “External Plugins.xml” call or get informations in or with other files:
Defaults.xml and ExternalPlugins.xml.
So if they are changed?!
I think that if you want to get other investigation to solve or understand this problem is to open these three *.xml files in “notepad++” and see in realtime what is changing in what file and so one
Hope it help
best regards
Dup