I’m trying to set something flexible enough to use both my monitor speakers and headphones at the same time, using the control room. In other words, I would like to be able to set independently the output level of each one.
The main problem I have is that Patchmix (my E-Mu device manager) doesn’t allow me to set an ASIO outputs pair to specific physical outputs. In other word, I can’t, say, directly route ASIO output 1/2 to ‘Line Out 2L/2R’ and ASIO Output 3/4 to ‘Phones/Line out 1L/1R’, as I would like. I found a workaround, using a send in each of my output strips in Patchmix : in the ASIO 1/2 one, I set a send to ‘Line Out 2L/2R’ and in the ASIO 3/4 one, I set a send to ‘Phones/Line out 1L/1R’. Fine : this works, but at the expense of not being able to set the relative volume of one against the other : it’s an ‘all sound/no sound’ solution. From which my attempt to use the control room to be able to set precisely the levels for both stereo busses.
What I already did :
I defined in Cubase ‘VST Connections/Studio’ window a ‘Phones’ channel routed to ‘E-MU ASIO/ASIO Out 3/4’ (my main Cubase outputs being routed to ASIO Out 1/2).
I opened the Control room mixer and got this (see ‘CR_Settings.png’ attachment). Seems fine, and I’m indeed able to set precisely my headphones level, using the dedicated fader and/or ‘Activate phones’ button of the ‘Phones’ strip.
And here is where I’m stuck : what works for the headphones doesn’t for Cubase main output. The ‘Control room’ strip is not working. When I use the ‘Active monitors’ button, the signal shown in the meter is exactly the same as the one in the ‘Phones’ strip, but that’s all about it : the fader doesn’t do anything. So, I must be missing something more or less obvious, but can’t put the finger on it. I already checked that the ‘Set “Main out” as main mix’ option is activated, as well as the ‘Click’ one, in the ‘VST connections’ window.
From which :
What is the ‘Control room’ strip actually supposed to control ? Seems rather confusing to me…
Is there a way to control Cubase main output level directly from the control room mixer as the phones one ? Or, in other words, to link the ‘Main out’ fader of the F3 mixer to the ‘Control room’ strip of the Control room one ?
Thanks for any enlightment.