I’ve been working on a song for a LONG time and I finally have all the tracks recorded to my satisfaction and my last step is to go through every one and set the levels.
I have not used the write and read buttons very much but I’ve been planning on going through each track with the Write button pressed, adjusting the levels through the entire song, and then putting it in read mode so that when I play it again (or output a WAV file) it will play back as I set it with the write button pressed.
I’m finding some strange, unexpected results.
The first time I play through with the write button pressed, it seems work. When I replay with the read button pressed, it plays it back correctly.
But if I’m unsatisfied with the first take, and I go back and press the write button again and play through with different adjustments, when I play it back in read mode, the 2nd take didn’t take hold completely. The result appears to be a mix of the two takes. After wrestling with this for hours, I came to this conclusion: It seems to record ADJUSTMENTS I make in the controls but as soon as I let go and leave the slider alone, at that point in the playback (read mode) switches back to the previous or original WRITE.
This seems really strange, like a bug? Am I right? If I don’t like the settings in a WRITE take, can’t I just go through it again with the write button pressed and overwrite the entire track? Should leaving the slider in one place caust it to stop recording? Is there some reason I have to keep the slider moving in order for it to record the settings?
After hours of this I read the manual and found there is a view of the automation sub-track and a way to remove the automation sub-track from a track completely. I got so frustrated, and concerned that I just don’t know what I’ve done, considering the questionable results of running a 2nd write on top the 1st, that I removed all the automations I had created on all my tracks.
Before I start over again, I need to understand… Is there a bug in the software? Should I be able to overwrite an automation and just wipe the pervious one out? Or, do I need to manually delete an automation before I start a new one?
I’m running Cubase 1.08 and I’m wondering if upgrading would resolve any of this. But I’m also afraid to upgrade while I"m in the middle of a project, so I’d like to finish this one up with my current version first.
Any help with this is much appreciated!
Gary in Vermont