I am trying to determine whether Master Insert EFX are applied differently when one does a Channel Batch Export.
So, I have numerous “stem” busses set up. All my guitars go to a “STEM 1” group. The drums go to a “STEM 2” group. The piano goes to a “STEM 3” group, etc… And all of my Reverb and other EFX (e.g., delay) get sent to “STEM 8.”
Then each STEM is sent to another group which I call the “MASTER GROUP” which is where I apply (with inserts) assorted mastering EFX (multiband compression, limiter, etc…). This Master Group is then sent to the main Stereo Out.
So, when you solo, say, STEM 2, you will hear the Mastering EFX that are on it (yes, you will not hear the reverb sends because they are getting sent to a different group, but the Mastering EFX are being applied to the STEM (“later” in the chain though).
The question is, if I channel batch export all of my main stems (so they are all “playing” when you do the export), will all of the individual parts equal the sum of their parts?
In other words, how is Cubase processing things? Would it only apply the Master EFX to each track individually when doing a Channel Batch Export or is it still applying to the whole. Does that make sense?
For example, If I have a LIMITER and have a certain threshold set, well, it is only going to hit that threshold when basically everything is playing together. If you just solo an instrument, you may not trigger the threshold like the tracks do in the aggregate.
So, if I were to sum up all of my stems that were CHANNEL BATCH exported, will they be the same in summation as if I just outputted a STEREO OUTPUT?
Thanks, in advance, for your help!