I have two types of Cubase projects to manage. There are the session projects for tracking and mixing, and then there are projects that just contain stems for the sake of rehearsal. An example of the stems might be drums, bass, keyboards, orchestra and backing vocals.
I have a Yamaha mixer in the live room that connects via USB into a laptop and shows up in Cubase as 32 i/o channels. This is for the stems projects, and the idea is that I can rehearse with backing tracks as well as covering situations where, for instance, I have a bass player but the drummer couldn’t make it. I just mute the stems for the guys who are there. So far, pretty simple stuff.
My challenge is exporting the stems from the Cubase with loudness that’s consistent from song to song. If I rehearse a dozen tunes, I don’t want people having to stop and adjust their IEM mix before each song to turn, say, the bass up or down because the levels aren’t consistent between songs.
I’d like to be able to go through each session project and export out the stems (which are typically represented by groups) in such a way that the loudness is consistent without having to introduce an additional step such as firing up Wavelab and doing batch processing on what I’ve exported.
Perhaps a two step process is what is required, but at version 9 Cubase is so feature rich that it seems like there must be a way to accomplish this in my exports. I’d be grateful for any advice you might have on the most efficient way to accomplish this goal.