This is actually a resolution for anyone having mega problems converting .ARR files to .CPR. In other words converting your (very) old Steinberg CuBase SE3 audio + midi files to a newer OSX (Apple) Platform.
I had some songs in this format and really needed to convert them. To my surprise there was no previous resolution. Must also say that it’s pretty disgusting from a major audio/ recording company like Steinberg to leave everyone in the dark. I mean to develop such a audio/midi converter is not such a big deal, nevertheless the tag price one pays to get an upgrade Cubase or even new version. Anyways let’s get to it:
OS X Platform and what’s the trick. Note: I work on OSX MacBook Pro Retina ‘15’ V 10.95, so I have not tested this on Yosemite or Sierra, but I’m quite sure it will do the trick.
Before we start: This is what you need. Without that it probably won’t work.
A. Your Mac Lap top (MacBook Pro or desktop, etc).
B. You need to have a Parallel Desktop version installed. (I used Version V11, business edition).
C. You need the Steinberg official License dongle. I still use my Steinberg Cubase V 7.5.
D.You need to have an Win OS (microsoft windows operating system) installed in parallel Desktop. I had Windows V10 even installed:-)
In a sense it doesn’t matter what Mac OS X version you use, the trick lies in the Parallel Desktop element containing (installed) Steinberg CuBase SE3.
How did I manage to have my files transformed/ converted from; .ARR to CPR./
- After you followed steps A,B,C, D (see notes above / previous).
- Download CuBase SE LE3 OR SE3 (from the link below). Download the Windows Version!
After Successfully downloaded on your Mac, copy-paste the (extracted on Mac) Zip file (Download) to your Parallel Windows environment, assuming you already have installed Parallel Desktop!!!
Install the License key that comes within the CuBase SE3 download.(I downloaded everything on Mac). Since you already have an official Steinberg Cubase License key/ dongle (hard copy-hardware), connect the USB Steinberg License Dongle (that you have) from the Mac OS X platform to your Windows Parallel platform. It’s easy as just connecting the dongle to Windows. You don’t even have to take it out of the USB socket.
Let the previous installer under Windows finish (while your dongle connected) and you will see that (Parallel Desktop + Windows 10) successfully installed Steinberg CuBase SE3. It will say that you need a new license key. just continue the installation prices of CuBase SE3 till it;s done.
Set the ASIO Audio drivers in CuBase SE3 (in your Parallel Desktop) Cubase configuration as audio preference.
Note: If you had an older .AAR file make sure it does not contain all recorded or implemented audio effects or plugins. Naturally by default the new installed Cubase SE3 version of Steinberg may not have all your cool (older) plugins. So use the .ARR version of your song which contained just the blanc MIDI file (bo effects) and audio recording files (no effects) within that selected song archive you want to convert.
Now Drag & drop your .ARR file (containing the plain MIDI + just AUDIO) files into your Parallel Desktop, and then into Cubase SE3 version. When importing, within that import windows , select set to; ‘All Files’. Do not try to open the song in CuBase itself, because it will crash.
Finally safe the arrangement now as '.CPR" file and say YEAH!!! Hell Yeah? Well that’s what I did and my girlfriend thought I won the lottery, I said…almost honey, it really feels as good:-)
You now can retransfer the 'CPR. Cubase data file back to the OS X Mac Apple platform and open the converted song into CuBase 7 or (maybe a higher version;-).
Cheers, and good luck. I figured, let me help out because I was super frustrated and can imagine you are too, I know you just want to open those good oldie potential hit tracks you then made right??!