I am having a persistent issue with Cubase. Running Cubase Elements 10.0.20 on Mac OS High Sierra on a mid-2015 21” iMac. Interface is a Resident Audio T4, monitoring through AKG K240 Studio headphones. Recorded files go to an external hard drive. This also occurs with Cubase Elements 9.5 and Cubase AI 9.5.
When I open a project, once it loads, there is a sudden very loud consistent stream of what I believe is pink noise. It does not stop and the only way for me to end it is to close Cubase. In the mixing section, the Stereo Out meter is 100% overloaded and depending on the instance, all or some of the tracks themselves display the same on the meter. Sometimes the fx busses, sometimes certain tracks, it seems random. This happens with no audio inputs to generate any feedback or anything like that. The next time I open a project, the application “crashes unexpectedly” as soon as I click on the file. Occasionally the noise will stop after about three minutes or so, but then there is no audio leaving Cubase even though the faders will display that there is sound. The volume faders/mixing console faders do not affect the output except for the stereo out buss which will sometimes mute the noise when set to 0 (but then as soon as it’s raised even a tiny bit the noise goes back to full volume). The mute buttons make no difference either. I posted over in a Cubase Facebook group but they were unable to help me (suggestions tried are removing certain plugins like H-Comp and making a blank project file to see if the noise happens [it does sometimes]). My interface shows the output to be bright red/totally overloaded as well when it is connected.
I’m not having any luck tracking this down and it appears to be generated in the program itself. This happens with the interface, with the computer’s internal speakers, and with a usb headset (when set as the audio system in Studio Setup). I did not experience this issue prior to updating to Cubase Elements 10 from AI 9.5. Now both programs are affected. What are your thoughts?