Either one works. The only advantage to doing it at the control room channel as opposed to the monitor channel is that you only have to have one limiter, no matter what monitor your are listening on. If however, you are adding gain on the individual monitor channels (whether through the input gain, or inserts on the monitor channels), especially if its in any way unpredictable gain, AND/OR if there’s a chance you’ll be swapping around different monitors on your monitor channels, it might make sense to put the limiter there instead.
As for me, I just put the limiter on the control room channel–but if I have no inserts or input gain happening on my monitor channels. If I did, I might be tempted to put a limiter on the last insert slot of my monitor(s) as well. An even better, and more foolproof solution is to put a physical limiting device before the monitors AFTER you leave the interface itself. Some people do this. I’m not quite paranoid enough to go through the expense and trouble of going to that extreme though.
I use an N12 with Cubase 6.5 and realized in the end I don’t need to use the control room feature in Cubase. Most of the stuff is built into the N12 but it isn’t because of lack of understanding the Control Room feature. Thanks to your videos.
I’ll say that after many years, I still occasionally somehow mess up trying to solo a track, and wind up undoing all the mutes/solos of my project.
But not since I started using the Control Room … I sort of cheat and use the “Listen” button, but have it programmed so that all the other tracks are attenuated to negative infinity. I know that’s not the intended use of the Listen button, but I have to say I have never messed up all my Mutes/Solos in the rest of the project since I started using the Listen button this way!
(Of course it’s also awesome to use it the intended way, to drop the rest of the tracks by 20dB or so ).
I myself get a bit confused as well with the control room, like when i go to acivate the control room-my buss on the output section all turn off and there on diffrent outputs on the audio card, then when i deactivate the controlroom the output buss turn back on. Its like you can use only one or the other. remember these are total different outs being used on the out put interface.
Thanks for this tutorial series. I’ve watched them all and they were very thorough. I’ve only messed with the control room a little but I will definitely be setting up some templates with various control room setups. Thanks Again.