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Another Sonar Refugee seeks a new DAW in Cubase.

In Sonar I have always had a custom startup template so that when I start Sonar it is immediately ready for me to record whatever fleeting ideas I might wish to capture.

I am struggling to accomplish this same thing in Cubase. I have searched the Internet, searched the Manual, and searched this Forum; all without success. So now I am here seeking assistance from you kind folks.

I have created and saved a nice custom template in Cubase, but:

  1. I can’t figure out how to make it the default startup template.

  2. Whenever I start Cubase and open my new custom template, all of my routings are gone for all of my interface inputs & outputs, and I have to reassign them all over again.

  3. Whenever I start Cubase and open my new custom template, everything that I had set up on my screen (window placements, locations & sizes) are all gone, and it has returned to some pathetic little window that is absolutely un-workable, and I have to set up everything all over again.

Surely there must be a way to accomplish what I wish to do with Cubase.

Thank you in advance for any and all assistance you might provide - your help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your answer, but this way is not so good in my case:

the templates creates NEW empty songs.

Imagine that I have some different songs in which I recorded drums tracks and, after mixing the first song, I would like to use the same settings for the drums (incuding the group and fx channels) for the other songs.

Loading a new template should be fine, but then I have the problem to transfer all the tracks inside it and this goes to further different problems and complications.

The best thing is to let Cubase to save the console setting for some channels so I can use the same setting for aonther song… and this is already there BUT this procedure does NOT include gruop channels, fx channels and in/out settings …

Any other suggestion?

Thank you,


I have two related questions I can’t figure out.

  1. I draw a continuous controller in the Editor window on a midi track (e.g. Volume). The Toolbar in the Editor window doesn’t give me an option to draw straight lines, which means the controller graph looks like a mountain range. How can I draw a straight, gradually ascending or descending line? The Toolbar in the Project window does give that option, but not the one in the Editor window.
  2. I’ve drawn the controller. Now, with Extracting Midi Automation (Midi->Functions) I should be able to make the controller appear in a separate lane in the project window. I do that, I see the controller disappear from the graph in the Project window, but where did it go? When I click Show Lanes of the track in question it’s not there.

Anyone: Is there a way to change a Cubase track meter to “record meter” as it functions in Sonar? It seems like in Cubase, a track meter becomes an input meter only when the track monitor button is engaged. In Sonar, the track meter becomes a recording level input meter when the track is armed to record, regardless of the monitor button (in Sonar’s case, it’s called the Input Echo button). I always monitor audio signals to record through my hardware mixer, and so I want that Cubase track monitor button turned off. It seems that the only way I have to check the recording levels is to view the input channel meters in the MixConsole. Is that correct?

It would be a nice feature for Cubase to add recording input levels to individual tracks, regardless of the monitor button.

In Cubase you monitor your input on the input channels and that is the only way. I know it’s a bit difference in Sonar as Sonar doesn’t have dedicated input tracks. But for better or worse, depending how you look at it, Cubase uses Input tracks which should be used to monitor incoming signals.

For whom is interested:

answering my own question regarding:

loading into a project a channel structure including routing, groups fx etc. I found a solution:

1: select the tracks (including groups and fx) that you want to take as starting point into a different song
2: File > Export > Selected Tracks (before this DELETE all recordings in those tracks - remember, DON’T save the song now!!!) .
3: inside the new project File > Import > Track archive…



Thanks so much for finding this, and much appreciated you posting the solution.

Any ideas on this?

Hi gForceDude54,

Sorry, haven’t found a way to do that yet either. I’ll be keeping an eye out on this thread for an answer though.

Cheers from SF

  1. Have you looked into workspaces yet? This is a good video to explain it


If you Add the Workspace as a Project Workspace, then ‘Save as Template’ the layout should get saved with the template.

Thank you for this. It is a possible/potential solution to my item #3 above. I will give this a try perhaps tomorrow. For now I am just too frustrated with Cubase, and have been spending my time investigating other DAW solutions (Studio One & Reaper). It seems that Cubase is just so very UN-intuitive, and so verrrrry UN-productive, that it just may not be workable for me.
It just seems so unbelievable that what I want to do is not possible. Do all Cubase Users spend the first 10 minutes setting everything up (AGAIN!), every time they use this program ?!?
That certainly will not work for me.

Thank you for your assistance ericyeoman !

UPDATE to my original post (shown here below):

  1. No change, no success.

  2. I tried saving my inputs & outputs as a preset, which preset can then be selected after I open my template; but all of my track assignments are gone, and need to all be re-assigned again. These extra steps are not acceptable for me, or for my work flow.

  3. I tried saving my Workspace as a preset (both Global & Project), but that did not work - I still had to take the extra steps to select & open my saved Workspace. Although this is a slight improvement (thank you ericyoeman!), these extra steps are still not good for me, or for my workflow.

Here is a new one:
4) I created Instruments Tracks for Virtual Instruments in my newly saved custom template, but when I open my new custom template (from the HUB) they are all gone, and need to be re-created, all over again from the start. This is absolutely unacceptable for me, and for my workflow.

So far, my only solution/workaround is to save my new custom template as a simple project, instead of a template; and then to start Cubase by double-clicking on my new project (which is my template). In this manner everything is still there as I wish for it to be when Cubase starts with this project. This seems to me to be a bizarre way of doing this, but it does accomplish what I wish to do.
Surely there must be a way to do this with a template - some kind of a default start-up template - in Cubase.

Any ideas or suggestions ?

Again, thank you in advance for any and all assistance you might provide - your help is greatly appreciated.

PS: Fortunately for me, SONAR is still working - PERFECTLY !

Basically your routing should be saved. The only thing I can think of to try is to delete your preferences folder and let Cubase recreate it. What you describe is not how it should work. Stuff like that sometimes happens when permissions are wrong or a configuration file is corrupted.

I’m guessing that your post was for me and my Custom Startup Template issue ?
That sounds like MacOS stuff - I’m on Windows 10, and there is no such thing as a “preferences folder” .
But I do agree with you that ‘what I describe is not how it should work’. And I thank you for your assistance.

And, strangely, it works perfectly if I save my template as a regular Project file - when I then double-click on the Project file, Cubase starts up with everything just exactly as I saved it - all of my input/output track routings are there, all of my window placements & configurations are intact, and all of my Virtual Instrument tracks & instruments are there, with everything working fine.
I would just prefer to achieve this in a Template format, rather than as a regular Project file.
I think that I will try posting my question in the General area of this forum, and see if any of the ‘experts’ over there have any ideas.

EDIT - I just now did exactly that, so for anyone who wishes to follow along with this question, here you go:

Windows preferences are here: https://steinberg.help/cubase_pro_artist/v9/en/cubase_nuendo/topics/customizing/where_are_the_settings_stored_c.html

I don’t know if it would help but save as project first then save as template.
Never had this problem.

How do you convert mono files to a stereo? In sonar it’s just a click.
Cubase 9
Sonar x2

I’m another Sonar refugee joining the ranks of Cubase warriors. My first stop was Studio One. While it’s a great DAW in many ways, the lack of MIDI support was a deal-breaker for me. So here I am.

I was a devoted Cakewalk user for over 20 years. I also own the Cakewalk/Roland V-Studio VS-700 system. It’s a wonderful system, even outside of Sonar. I got the built-in Fantom VS synth working via JBridge. All the audio ins and outs work fine.

The control surface is, on the other hand, is much more limited. It’s supposedly Mackie Control compatible, but a lot of functionality seems missing. The faders work, along with solo, mute, arm and select. The shuttle works (slowly) as do most of the transport controls. Oddly, the pan knobs don’t seem to work. Nothing shows up on the time display. Everything else is “press at your own risk.” So here’s a question. Is there any way within Cubase to map functions to a control surface like the VS-700c? Any help would be appreciated.

Other than that, I’ve been enjoying getting to know Cubase. The score editor is fantastic. The program as a whole shares much of the same functionality as Sonar, but differs considerably in terms of navigation and operation. There’s a definite learning curve, though not an unpleasant one.

It’s done in the Pool.

  1. Project -> Pool, or Ctrl P.

  2. Find the file under Audio, Right click and goto ‘Convert Files.’

  3. From the ‘Channels’ dropdown, select Stereo Interleaved.’

  4. Check the ‘Options’ dropdown for New or Replace, so you don’t accidentally overwrite the original file.

Thanks for the reply but yesterday I’ve found one solution on this YouTube video