EDIT: Please download and extract first the following ZIP-file with the actual downmixed song and the screen capture of my arrangement view!
I just love Cubase – there’s nothing more adding to that. BUT – what has been bugging me for ages, is the poor functionality of the Arrangement Track – or merely, how it behaves when doing down-mix. Here’s an example:
My customer has ordered a mixing for his song from me. Now he requested that the final chorus be doubled – ie. it coming TWO TIMES instead of the initial single time. So I thought I would use an ARRANGEMENT TRACK property so that I wouldn’t have to CUT/COPY/PASTE + edit all the fade out settings’ edit points etc. etc. of the last chorus.
An the result works fine arrangement-wise, BUT, when I select the song area to be DOWNMIXED (meaning that I select the length of the whole project), the final downmix comes out TOO SHORT, since because of the Arrangement Info, the song (mix) actually gets a bit longer, and Cubase only downmixes the song according to the length of the selected downmix area!! I can’t believe this…
So what I had to do – and is UTTERLY ANNOYING – is that I lengthen the selected mix-down area by the amount of the overlapping Arrangement events. This is the only way I can figure to get the down-mixed song (with Arrangement Track enabled) to be down-mixed ‘til the end. Other wise it would come up too short so that the song ends before it should.
So my very relevant question is: Why doesn’t Cubase comply with the mix-down area settings when the Arrangement Track is used and active? Shouldn’t it do the down-mixing to the end even if I had zillion repeats on the Arranger Track? And don’t just down-mix according to the length of the selected area??
And here’s more: Now that I had to make even ANOTHER arrangement setup for my customer, so that the songs length results even longer, then I have to AGAIN adjust the mix-down area length to match the arranged song length!
And this one is REALLY hilarious:: When I didn’t have patience to calculate the whole mix-towns’ lengths with Arrangement Track enabled, then I just adjusted the right (end point) position of the mix-down to very far towards later position in time so that the song would definitely “fit” into it, and guess what?? CUBASE STARTS THE ARRANGER CHAIN FROM THE START after finishing it!!! And so I will have to re-open my down-mixed WAV-file and cut the crap from the end. I mean cut the material that is the same as the beginning of the song.
So I have TWO simple requests:
Please Steinberg, make the selected down-mix area match the actual down-mix when the Arranger Track setup is used!
Please add some kind of a “STOP FUNCTION / PAUSE FUNCTION” to be able to be added to the chain.
Don’t you all agree? Any +1’s for this one???
-Tommi Tiihonen // ROCK WORKS STUDIO