Hi. I’m using Cubase with a Presonus Firestudio Project interface, which leaves me with having to use the headphone output from the Firestudio to listen to the music I’m working on in Cubase. At the same time, I have a very good sound card with good speakers plugged into it, which I’d often prefer to use instead of the headphones which I have plugged into the Firestudio.
I could unplug the speakers from the rear of my PC tower to plug them into the Firestudio whenever I launch Cubase, but that is too much effort, and I don’t want to wear the speaker cable out with excessive moving and bending.
It would be ideal in this situation if I could use the Firestudio for all my regular inputs and outputs, but select my PC’s dedicated soundcard to receive the master bus output, so that I could listen to everything through my PC speakers.
As far as I know, I can’t currently do this in Cubase, as everything gets set to a single audio device.
A related issue that I have with Cubase has to do with tracks losing their bus routing when the audio device is changed in Cubase. While I record using the Firestudio as my interface, when it comes to final mixing and mastering, I like to do that using my speakers that are plugged into my sound card. When I switch the audio device in Cubase, the tracks lose their routing with the Firestudio, and when I change the audio device back to the Firestudio, I have to reconfigure all my track routing - which can be a very large and cumbersome task.
Also, if I launch Cubase and a project without my Firestudio already turned on, which can happen by mistake if I don’t think to switch my recording rack on first, then I’ll also lose all my track bus routing as Cubase defaults to using my PC audio device (which is good, apart from losing all the bus routing).
A possible good solution would be Cubase saving bus routing according to audio device that’s selected in Device Setup, so that when the device is changed, and then changed back, the previous track bus routing that was used with that device is reloaded.