Unfortunately Cubase is lacking when it comes to importing presets. Every time I import a Track Archive (multitrack drums for example) I need to go through the tracks and set all of their inputs manually. It makes that important step in the creative process just difficult enough to disrupt the mental flow and become frustrating.
They need to include VST Connections/IO routing in the Track Archive functionality. Otherwise it’s just a broken implementation. The point of a preset is to save time by doing the work once and then not have to do it again. I don’t want to break off into scientist mode every time I want to add a new ingredient to my idea when I’m trying to follow inspiration in creative flow.
This single issue is the only thing keeping me on other DAWs like Reaper and Ableton. I agree that you’re better off with a big template right now. Unfortunately for me I work in multiple locations on different setups so no single template works for me. I much prefer the modular setup with which they are so frustratingly close to a proper implementation. I wish I could just drag in “Studio A multitrack drums” or “home guitar amp and DI” and have it automatically set the inputs the way I saved it. Even if it’s machine-specific. Please Steinberg, figure out a way to add proper I/O saving to Track Archives.