It was with my audio track set to Musical Timebase that I initially experienced the problem. I switched to Linear today only because I thought you were implying that I should try that. My mistake.
In fact, Steinberg tech support was able to replicate this problem in January. The tech contacted the Steinberg developers about it, but they claimed that Cubase was not designed to work the way I’m using it. However, I’m just following the instructions in the manual, under the heading, “Deleting Data in Selection Ranges”. The same instructions are printed in every manual from version 7.5 through version 10.
The malfunction does exist in Cubase Pro 9.5.50, as you can see for yourself in this video:
I would like to know whether the problem has been fixed in Cubase Pro 10.
If anyone has 5 or 10 minutes to spare, please try the following simple steps in Cubase 10, and see if you can replicate the problem:
- Create a test project.
- Create an audio track.
- Put about 5 minutes of audio on the track.
- Set the timebase to Musical, both in the Track Inspector, and in the lower pane waveform editor.
- Select the audio event, and then select Musical Mode in the Info line.
- Split the audio into at least 10 adjacent audio events.
- Create a tempo track.
- Create a fairly drastic tempo change at the start of each event. Play the audio, to verify that the tempo track works.
- Put one tempo change exactly at the right edge of the final audio event, so that you can see if it stays in sync after steps 12 and 14 in this procedure.
- Put a Marker at that location too. (You need to create a Marker track first.)
- Using the Range Selection Tool, select a range across the first 2 or 3 audio events that you created, ideally where the tempos are extremely fast OR extremely slow. In your Range selection, include the marker track and the tempo track. No snap is necessary.
- From the Edit>Range menu, select Delete time. Is the final marker or tempo change now out of sync with the audio?
- Undo step 12.
- Then, from the Edit>Range menu, select Insert Silence. Is the final marker or tempo change now out of sync with the audio?
If you don’t mind taking 10 minutes to try this, please post your results. I would like to know whether the bug has been fixed in Cubase 10 Pro.
If you encounter problems, and feel like trying the workaround, here it is:
After you select the time range that you want to delete (Step 11):
i) Press P to set the locators to that range.
ii) Next, switch to the Object Selection tool.
Then from the Edit>Range menu, either Cut Time or Delete time. Is the final marker or tempo change now out of sync?
I’m using the workaround these days, but it’s easy to forget the two extra steps and not realize that the subsequent tempo changes are now out of sync. To avoid this risk, I might consider upgrading to version 10, if it doesn’t have the bug. So I’d like to know, has this bug been fixed in Cubase Pro 10? Please post your results.