I hit the “X” in the upper right corner to close Cubase.
I got into the habit of closing all projects by going to the File>Close menu first before closing Cubase. I’ve seen a lot of forum posts of user complaining about Cubase “hanging” during close. I never had this issue so I’ll stick with my “longer” closing process.
Yes that should always work fine (but sometimes it doesn’t), and as long as it works fine in your situation use it. But if you start having Cubase crash or hang when closing then try doing it in 2 steps.
Yes that is the sequence of events that occurs. And in theory it should not cause problems. But just because the Project has closed it doesn’t mean that everything that was associated with the Project has shutdown too. UAD hardware/software seems to still be in the process of shutting down after the Project is fully closed. I’m sure there is other stuff (plug-ins, controller surfaces, etc) that behaves like this too.
Because of that some of us find it reduces hangs/crashes if we wait a bit to close the program after the Project. But if you are not have any issues then ctrl+Q is the way to go - it even asks if you want to save the Project if it has been changed (and often when it hasn’t ).
Once when I kept UAD performance monitor on screen I’ve noticed that when I press CTRL+Q Cubase closes faster than the UAD plugins unload, thus crashes on exit. So if the project has UAD plugins safe method is with 2 steps. If there are no UAD plugins then I can safely CTRL+Q.
I shut down the projects one at a time, then shut down Cubase. I’ve always wondered what would happen if I just hit Ctrl-Q when I have a bunch of projects open, but I’ve never had the time to try it out, feels scary.
Most of the time it works fine - but not always. Basically it will either crash or hang (and you get to crash it). As long as you’ve saved you Projects before quitting they should be OK. If you changed any Preferences during the session the changes will likely be lost.