Touch automation / Fill Loop not returning to initial value

This issue persists for several versions and years:

  • an automation lane with no automation data
  • start writing automation in touch mode
  • when you stop writing automation, the value should return to the initial value, but it doesn´t

This is true for touch automation and for automation with “fill loop” turned on.

The manual states:
“When no automation data exists for a particular parameter, the starting point of an
automation pass is saved as the initial value. When you punch out of the automation pass, it
is this initial value to which the parameter will return.”

So this clearly is a bug.

There is an official workaround on the Cubase Youtube Channel by Greg Ondo:

And there are several reports about this topic over the last years, e.g.:

I think it is time to fix this bug.


There is different behaviour in Cubase and Nuendo. In Nuendo it works as you expected.

Thank you EFF for the detailed documentation and link to the workaround. I can confirm that this is still an issue.