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I have two very distinct issues with syncing Cubase via MTC from PT. Everything is working great in terms of setup and basic usage. I have PT generating MTC and sending over IAC Driver Bus 1. Cubase is set to start after 0 frames and it’s reading and they are syncing just fine… well, reasonably fine…
My setup is that I have a large PT project for guitars and vocals etc, then I sync Cubase for the drums because PT drum editor is nonexistent and programming drums in PT is a living nightmare. Before you ask, no I’m not willing to use Cubase for everything.
If I move the transport in PT to the start i.e. 00:00:00:00 then start the playback, Cubase will start almost immediately but not quite. That’s expected as timecode isn’t perfect. However, this makes it difficult to understand where I should place my drum midi clips in Cubase so that they are in fact in time with the guitars in PT.
As I mentioned earlier I have a large scratch pad project in PT. For this reason I often wish to start playback much later in the session, as I also wish to have a large scratchpad project in Cubase. For example, if I start the playback at say 00:09:10:00 or 00:09:30:00 in PT, then Cubase will start at the same point regardless of if I start PT at …10:00 or …30:00 and it’s very difficult to get any meaningful kind of timing or start point.
So my questions are as follows:
Is there a way to display timecode in the timeline on Cubase so that I can reasonably expect to visualize where my drums are supposed to be placed?
Are there any other tips or tricks in relation to this kind of setup that can help me achieve a meaningful time sync?
Why is Cubase starting at disparate points when I start PT later in the session? Is this a known problem? Have I done something wrong? Have I simply assumed too much of MTC?
Alternatively, I could simply compile my guitar parts and start a fresh session just for that song and do the same thing with the drum parts. This would mean waiting until the guitar parts are completely written to then proceed with drum parts, not ideal. This also doesn’t solve my issue of timecode visualization in Cubase as the delay even starting at Bar 1 in PT isn’t perfect.