First off, I am a long time (and mostly very happy) Cubase user (On version 8.03) and before that Nuendo. Having said that, I’m hoping to get some attention here on a couple of issues that have been lingering in Cubase and Nuendo for several years regarding tracking. I run a 12 core MacPro and use the SSL Madi Extreme card with SSL Alphalink 24 channel converters. SSL does not offer a software mixer to allow direct monitoring so I monitor through cubase with very low latency settings when i track (typically 32 samples with no issue).
The main issue revolves around sending prefader audio of different instruments/tracks to headphone mixers (8 channel Hearback mixers in my case) to musicians during a recording session and being able to change the mix in the control room whiteout it affecting the prefader sends to the headphones. I use 8 channels from my DA converter for this while monitoring the entire mix using DA 1&2 in the control room. This is an established way of setting up a headphone mix in a session and logically should work without and issues. Currently working like this is at best problematic and at worst a minor disaster.
There is a preference in the VST settings that allows you to set the sends to “mute prefader” when muted or not. If you DO NOT check this box and save this preference, when you mute a channel in Cubase/Nuendo the channel is only muted in the control room but not on the prefader send to the headphones. This is how it should be. Now the problems start. If you close and re-open the project )or open another project) the preference DOES NOT SAVE AND GETS RESET TO MUTE PRESEND. If you then mute a channel in the control room it disappears in the pre send to the headphone mix. In order to prevent this you have to reset the preference EVERY TIME YOU OPEN A PROJECT. To make things worse, even if you reset the preference to for the sends to be prefader, when you solo a track in the control room it MUTES ALL THE PREFADER SENDS no matter what the preference is set to!! This is not the way things should work. Muting and soloing should all work prefader if that option is set.
Currently, the only workaround for the solo issue is to use the listen buss to solo a track in the control room while tracking.
I have sent Steinberg requests to fix this and was told it was on the list but this was about a year ago (not fixed yet) and I know a guy who works in Nashville that has been complaining about this for about 5 years. This mute and solo issue needs to be fixed to make tracking work as it should in a professional studio.
I hope this issue gets some attention.