For final mix checks?
With my Akai hardware, I’d mix at full rez…temporarily peak normalize…dither to 16 bit…burn. Then “undo” the normalize. But, it was all a very flowing process. I guess I could do the same here by exporting audio mixdown to a new project…but, closing/repopening projects takes exponentially longer with Cubase than hardware, so…
I can, of course, insert an L2 temporarily, set it to “eat remaining headroom” (taking the place of offline normalizing) and export at 16bit using it’s IDR dither…then just burn that file to disc. But, then, there’s no full rez copy if 100% “done”. Have to bounce again…so, maybe bounce without the L2 w UV22 set to 24bit…turn around and bounce with the L2 to 16bit.
I’ll experiment. Of course this seems nitpicky for a single song…but when you need to compile an entire album to disc for approval, it gets ehh…seems to be more time consuming than it should be. I’m just wondering how everyone else is handling “one off”/approval mixes? Doesn’t really even have to be CD…maybe you send an mp3–but, the file that makes the mp3 needs to have some normalization/level optimization prior to encoding…how are YOU doing it?