Hey guys! I’m switching to Cubase, from Logic after 12 years. I just created a template with 32 mono channels, but when I import a stereo file to a track, it doesn’t convert automatically to stereo, like Logic does. I can’t find a solution, and I find it very inconvenient to create an extra channel (stereo) every time I want to bring a stereo file to the session.
Unfortunately, this does not work in Cubase. You need to create a separate stereo track for that.
I prefer having stereo tracks separated on two mono tracks hard panned left/right, because you’re more flexible to edit them. If you wanna try that out, there is an option to split stereo tracks to L/R mono tracks when importing an audio file.
But there is a feature request to convert mono tracks to stereo and vice versa, you can support that one with a vote (on the left of the thread title) and the ones with the most votes are more likely to get implemented by Steinberg.
But to be honest, I’d not use a stereo track for recording mono sources anyway. In the case of vocals I’d suggest to use a vocal stereo group where you route your recorded mono vocal tracks, and put the processing on the group or you could just send the mono vocal to a stereo FX track.
If you really want to use stereo tracks for mono sources in recording, you could also have 1 dedicated recording track and multiple playback tracks.
Directly after recording you drag the audio file down to one of the playback tracks, this also makes punch in/punch out obsolete and enables you to easier edit all the recorded takes if they overlap each other.
In fact, thats how I record all the time, even with mono tracks. It is usually also better for the musician, as most of the times the recording level needs to be louder than the playback level. So the recording track will be set at another volume than the playback tracks.