I have a Cubase Pro 9 project where I want to apply parallel compression on my Drums submix, but I want to use a compressor that doesn’t have a mix control (no built-in parallel support).
What I’m doing now:
I have three drums submixes/group channels:
- “Drums” - This is the channel that all drums stems are routed to. This channel is routed to “None” (nothing sent to main outs), but it has Sends to each of the other drum submixes.
- “Drums raw” - The original Drums submix without bus compression applied. Routed to main outs.
- “Drums squashed” - The Drums submix with severe compression applied with Waves Kramer PIE. Routed to main outs.
So what I’m doing now is duplicating the Drums bus, compressing one copy, and mixing the compressed vs. uncompressed versions separately in my DAW.
There’s got to be a better/simpler way, yeah?
I haven’t tried it yet, but I have Blue Cat Patchwork, and I’m wondering if IT has a mix control, so I could have a single drum submix, add Patchwork as an insert, and then load Kramer PIE into that. (This is assuming Patchwork has a mix control.)
But is there a way to do what I want in Cubase without 3rd party plugs?