I’m on Windows 10 and back in the days of SX and up to Cubase Pro 6, I was more ignorant but Cubase was also simpler – for me. Here is my overall project setup:
Individual tracks with their own fx and automation and I can have more than one in each category. Such as:
Guitars (lead and acoustic)
Bass (core and accent)
So as to be able to adjust overall levels of those categories, I set Sends to their respective Group or FX channels (no other Sends). Then I have those all go to an “All Instruments” channel.
Whether those are as FX or Group channels, muting any of them doesn’t seem to do anything - but there seems to be a kind of thinning of the audio as if Layer 1 track FX and EQ are not active.
So I still hear the Layer 1 tracks playing even when I totally mute or pull down the volume to 0 on the “All Instruments” channel or their individual Group or FX channels.
I first had these as FX channels but reading the manual it seemed they should be Group – but both kind still behave the same as described above.
I do have a VCA channel linked to all in Layer 1, and that one responds as expected – muting or lowering volume levels works. But is situated – before - the sends to Level 2 tracks. As does the main output stereo track.
When I hit mute on the “All Instruments” channel, the meter activity dies down to nothing as it should (but it’s not muted) and the VCA channel meter is active, as it should be.
The new thing for me is the Routing channel which I don’t want to mess with and all set to the last stereo output bus. If I change those, it mutes whatever track it is tied to, so I just leave them alone.
Last, I have not used Buses except for the main stereo out or for what is a temp recording track for MIDI and audio from my old Korg synth.
(BTW I have as simple Behringer USB audio interface - UMC240HD with 4 audio in, and one MIDI I/O, but I only use one stereo audio in/out.)
At one point these FX or Group track setups worked as they should, but something changed and I can’t figure out what it is or what I have done wrong.
Is Routing causing this issue and/or should I use buses instead of Group or FX channels (it doesn’t seem like way to go, it defeats the whole purpose of Group and FX tracks), but I’m open to any solution/s to fix this problem.