Interpolates sample values to form curves when you zoom in to one sample per pixel or less.
I don’t think this preference has anything to do with this. Maybe, @Louis_R, you are using the right term for what you see on the screen, but Cubase’s preference “Interpolate Audio Waveforms” has a very narrow meaning as you see. It’s not a general graphics setting. (I believe)
The waveforms can now be displayed smooth. It’s a new feature called “Smooth waveform drawing” that was added in Cubase 12 and is enabled with Interpolate Audio Waveforms in Preferences.
Interpolate Audio Waveforms now does two things :
When the waveform is zoomed out, it processes it with anti-aliasing to smooth out sharp pixels, just like in video games. As a result it makes the outline a bit thicker because it creates new gradient pixels in between so the waveform display is no longer pixel-perfect. This is more or less apparent depending on the zoom level when the waveform “merges” or not, and on your screen resolution.
When you zoom in enough to see the samples, it joins them with a curved line instead of flat steps. That’s what this setting did for many years and still does.
Funny how the tiniest things can actually make a big difference. Perhaps that indicates just how mature Cubase has become. People are beyond “controlling a computer application” and are more in the mode of living organically with the software. Even a small distraction breaks that mental bond.
I don’t mean to get too metaphysical, but it is actually pretty cool.
If I had Cubase 12 (only used trial for 30 days) I would open a support case. Everyone should who does not like thie new waveform display (which is really annoying).
Seeing CB12 in that state makes me already concerned that many things will be fixed with the new version release only. Being here with v11.0.x in “ok” (though there should have been more final maintenance updates even for 11).
That’s because you are on Mac, where Interpolate Audio Waveforms cannot be disabled because of a bug. It is enabled all the time even when the box is not checked.
Interpolate Audio Waveforms = Smooth Waveform Drawing, this is the same thing, in Cubase 12 Smooth Waveform Drawing was added as an improvement to Interpolate Audio Waveforms, but again since you are on Mac you can’t see the difference.
The official topic about these issues is that one, which includes all of the 3 issues related to the Interpolate Audio Waveforms setting :
Okay so my Support Request on this issue was marked as Solved this morning, without any explanation, and the ticket has been completely closed (comments no longer allowed).
Obviously the issue is still there as 12.0.30.
To me this is quite disrespectful. I spend hours everyday on this forum trying to find bugs, testing them thoroughly, then sending support tickets, and this is the result.
Edit : I also mentioned the “thick silence lines” issue in a separate ticket in which I explain the whole problem about Smooth Waveform Drawing (here on the forum).
This ticket last activity is from this morning too, so I guess the same person is currently investigating it, since it is still opened, though there is no comment yet.
Wait and see
I clearly see the difference between C11 and C12 when zoomed in. However though I see some difference when zoomed out, I find it hard to characterize, and the word “Smoothing” doesn’t really come to mind when trying to describe the C12 zoomed out waveform.
What exactly are you noticing as a difference in the Zoomed Out waveform between C12 (where Smoothing is applied), and C11 (where it is not)?
(I’m not referring, to clarify, about the 1- vs. 2-pixel line thickness difference when there is silence).