First of all, Lars and the team, thanks for a great app and the continuous refinements of the features in Cubasis and the new update!
In fact, I recently came back to Cubasis from auria pro because of the obvious benefits that Cubasis offers for the desktop Cubase user. But I love the familiar and efficient workflow within the Cubasis app itself as well.
I have a couple of questions related to the use case of doing preliminary recording and production using Cubasis and, in particular, building the basic arrangement and setting up the “premix” for eventually exporting the project to Cubase pro on the desktop. The premix for me would involve setting the gain/trim for each track, fader levels, pan and basic eq and compression using the channel strip, which I use in Cubase pro (and settings are transferred perfectly with Cubasis project importer). Depending on the project, I will add send effects like reverb here already or then import the project to Cubase Pro for further tweaking.
In order to allow for proper gain staging, which is the first stage in starting with a mix, I would welcome some refinements in the mixer section and stock channel strip:
- Add a proper pre gain trim: at the moment, on import to Cubase desktop, the High/Low cut (HC/LC) settings on the channel strip are transferred correctly into the “Pre” section of Cubase desktop, which has “gain” as a parameter, so it would be natural to have a “gain” knob in the pre section of Cubasis as well.
- The pre gain trim should obviously be pre fader before any inserts; in Cubasis if it were added to the channel strip (which doesn’t have eq), the order would have to be channel strip>studioeq, even though you would prefer to have eq before the channel strip. I think it would be most straightforward to integrate the 4 band eq into the channel strip just like the desktop Cubase channel strip has. Then the pre gain/HC/LC would be at the start of the channel strip.
- In combination with pre gain trim, peak/rms metering is essential!
- I am aware that the IAP Waves Audiotrack (which I purchased right away) has eq-gate-compression as well as input/output trim, but in order to replace the built in channel strip, the settings would have to be able to be transferred on import into Cubase desktop, provided you have the desktop version of the Audiotrack. Otherwise it doesn’t serve the workflow at all. Will it already work this way for the IAP effects (Waves) if you have them on desktop?
In addition to the Steinberg plugins, also with other cross-platform (iOS-desktop) AUv3 plugins, like Audiodamage etc., the ultimate workflow would be that also these effects and their settings would be transferred over to desktop using the project importer. And if these aren’t available, the effects slot in Cubase desktop would say “missing plugin: (name)”.
Also, basic mixing workflow improvements would be sub group channels, folder tracks, full screen mixer view, as has been requested on the Audiobus forum and here previously. I think the refinement suggestions I made above are equally useful for my Cubasis premixing to Cubase Pro final mix use case, as they are for users that intend to finish their tracks in Cubasis.
I very much would enjoy setting up the fundamental things in a mix (pre gain trim, track eq/comp, panning, fader levels, subgroups) in Cubasis, in order to then continue smoothly with the creative tweaking in Cubase Pro. I am confident that Cubasis is getting there, based on the dedicated efforts so far!