SL Pro 8 in Cb Pro 11 - No sound with multichannel files


I recently bought a license for Spectralayers Pro 8. I have to QC and restore 6channel audio samples and it would be a big thing for me to being able to to that inside Cubase Pro 11 - that was the main reason for me to jump on Spectralayers.
Now some scaling issues in Hidpi mode under Windows aside, everything works perfectly as expected with stereo files. However with multichannel files (as mentioned 6 channels in this usecase), I don’t get any sound from the file during playback.
I thought about if ARA protocol is somehow limited to cause this behaviour and checked it in Reaper. Indeed I only get a stereo stream in playback, but it downmixes all 6 channels in that stereo stream, so it basically should work to at least hear a stereo mixdown.

Is there anything I’m missing? I’d really want to do these jobs in cubase.

Thanks for your time


I did some checks, and although ARA could potentially allow 5.1 playback (SL ARA is limiting to stereo playback to ensure compatibility), in this specific case it seems to be a Cubase issue (as Melodyne suffers the same problem in Cubase, while both SL and Melodyne play 5.1 fine in Reaper - even though in stereo).

Hi Robin,
thanks for the fast answer. Best would be to post it again in Cubase forum, right?
Apart from that, do you have any idea for a workaround inside of Cubase?

I’ll report this issue internally.
Unfortunately I’m not familiar enough with Cubase to suggest a workaround, but I suppose there’s a way to edit a 5.1 file as multiple mono channels.

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