I’ve been using Cubase in one form or another for over 25 years. I’ve used it for writing/editing/processing all stages of music production in several styles of music. The last couple of years, the majority of my usage has been in aligning and correcting timing issues between tracks of my band’s recordings, especially with multi-tracked drums. I’ve become pretty adept at aligning individual drum stems with each other, despite the fact that this is not one of Cubase’s stronger points. However, after my recent upgrade to Pro 9.5, I have run into a problem with Time Stretch that I can’t seem to get around.
I am working with a simple stereo drum mixdown, recorded at a constant tempo, but instead of a constant tempo, I want each of 8 bars to be at a different tempo, with each bar faster or slower than the previous. My process: the desired tempo of each bar is entered in the tempo track; the appropriate number of beats in the drum part is sliced off; the length (timewise) of each bar is calculated based on its tempo; and then the sliced chunk of drum part (both stereo channels) is time-stretched to match the bar length. Works perfectly every time- until one time it doesn’t! The right channel stretches to the correct length, but for some reason, the left channel stretches out past the bar line into the next bar. I have been over it again and again, trying to get both channels to stretch at the same rate, but no matter what I do, one side comes out longer than the other. Then, after a few unsuccessful attempts, Cubase crashes.
Has anyone else experienced an issue like this? I’ve never seen a glitch like this before. I haven’t tried it in a previous Cubase version yet, but my first guess is that it’s related to my recent upgrade. I’ll check it out when I get home tonight, but any feedback from the forum users might also be helpful. Thanks for your input.