I’m looking at buying Cubase Pro, but trying to determine if it’s going to be better than what I’m using now for my specific use case.
Currently, I’m playing with Cubase AI, but it looks like there are too many features missing for me to properly extrapolate to Pro.
One of the things I need to do often is import a commercial MIDI file, add a click track, mute some tracks, improve the sound as much as possible and export it as a wave file backing track.
I currently do this in Cakewalk by Bandlab, but it’s extremely frustrating that I have to repeat the same processes manually each time.
1/ It’s not possible to import a MIDI file into a preconfigured template, which means I have to create some tracks and busses and configure them, adding plugins that I need to use on the busses. This is the same process for every file.
2/ Rendering the metronome to an audio track requires real-time recording of the metronome. There is no render function, so a 4 minute song takes over 4 minutes to create the click track. This it one of only 2 things area where Studio One Pro is better than Cakewalk.
3/ There is no output mono button which means I need to add a channel mixer plugin to test mono compatibility. Studio One has that sorted out too.
From my research it seems that Cubase Pro can quickly render a click track, but I haven’t been able to determine if the actually MIDI import process will be any better than Cakewalk’s.
What I need is a master bus with some plugins on it already configured from a template before importing the MIDI file. Can Cubase Pro do this?
Also, is there a quick mono capability in Cubase Pro? So far, it looks like even if I use a channel mixer plugin I will still have to press the “e” button to even get to the plugin bypass function.