I’m a musician and composer/arranger, a long time user of Cubase (I’ve been using it since Cubase Element 4).
Recently I have just purchased a brand new Cubase 9 Pro (not upgrade, since there was promotion yielding similar price in my town) and having problem with it.
What happened is: I imported my .cpr session template from my Cubase Studio 5.5 and start to import a MIDI file to work on my project (this is the first time I’m trying it in Cubase 9 Pro after previously done it thousands times in Cubase Studio 5.5). After putting the MIDI imports to the corresponding instrument in the template, when I hit play, what I hear is: all notes of the instruments are all transposed down by half steps! Yes, all of them! (I’m perfect pitched, so I can straight away detect this by my ears).
I checked the pitch bend on the VSTi, checked -pitchbends are all in center position. So, I did a few tests to confirm my ears:
I change the HMT Depth to 0, HMT Type to None. Same result, no change.
I bounced some parts of the song (instrument only) with both Cubase 9 and 5. Listen to them in both Cubase and Audacity. Result: both bounced tracks sounds the same pitch (both transposed down by half step in my ears). I created new Cubase project, imported the audio, and do VariAudio Pitch & Warp of the bounced audios -and they confirms the notes are the same. But I still don’t believe the result, so I proceed to the 3rd test.
I place my smartphones near my speaker to record the playback (exactly the same part) using both Cubase 9 and 5. Listen in both Cubases. This time they did sound different! The one recorded with Cubase 5 sounds the actual notes while one in Cubase 9 sounds transposed down by half step. Cubase VariAudio also confirmed it (using the same step as step 2).
The original note C (recorded in Cubase 5) of the song is still shown as C by VariAudio, while one recorded by Cubase 9, the C shows as B -and this is also true for all other notes -e.g. VariAudio shows the E in my composition as E (playback recorded using Cubase 5), and shows the same E as D# (playback recorded using Cubase 9), etc.
So my question is, how to make Cubase 9 sounds the note as it is -not transposed down. It’s very distracting for me to hear Cubase 9 plays the song not in my original key.
- The session template basically contains orchestral template with hundreds of MIDI tracks (as I’m using lots of VSTi).
- I’m using Vienna Ensemble Pro to host all of my VSTi (mainly VSL instruments with some Kontakt 5 instruments, with Vienna Suite). However, during the check recordings, the VEP remains open while opening/closing Cubase 5 and 9. Both Cubase opens the same cpr file (I open and close Cubase 5 and 9 many times in different sequence during these recordings), and hence, everytime connecting to the exact instance of VEP (with different result).
- My system is Windows 7 Ultimate on Xeon 2640v4
I also attach the picture of VariAudio of both playback recordings using Cubase 9 and 5