Since Cubase offers many routing options and there is no standard way of intergrating things. I though I share the way how I did it with my NEVE 8816. But the principle works for any analogue summing device
What do you want to get out of summing:
- It’s workflow needs to work transparent
- summing needs to happen OTB (sounds obvious but routing mistakes are made easily in Cubase)
- everything needs to end up in 1 main mix (so that mixdown functionality remains)
So the way to do this is the following
1- Define external FX:
In cubase define as many stereo External FX as you have stereo IN pairs on your summing box
Make sure that fo each FX you ONLY patch the OUTPUT (leave all inputs to NONE)
Now define an additional External instrument called “SUM” and ONLY connect the return here, which should be the main mix out from your summing device.
2- Setup the Cubase mixer:
Setup a many SUBGROUPS as you have created External Instrument outs
make sure the these subgroups are routed to NONE in the mixer (not to main mix)
Put external FX 1 in Subgroup 1 Bottom slot (slot 2 post) 2 in 2, 3 in 3 etc.
Now create an FX channel and put the External FX called “SUM” in the top slot and route it’s output to MAIN MIX (Enter your external FX delay compensation only here nowhere else!)
Next we go back to the subgroups, select the “sends” view on the left side of the mixer and put a send to “SUM” in each subgroup. DON’T change the GAIN slider, just turn it on.
you can now route each of your instrument or audio channels to one of the subgroups or directly to the main mix.
You’ve just defined:
8 (or how many your summer has) external sub-outs to your summing device
still controllable with the Cubase subgroup faders (as all external FX are POST)
still being able to mix with plugs on subgroups
automatically mute/solo correctly on when you solo instrument channels (because of using FX channel and sends configuration on “SUM”)
still maintaining all Instrument Freeze and mixdown functionality (no need for external inputs to record your mix return manually)
no need for ext IN monitoring in control room
and delay compensated
NOW save this as a template!!!
Don’t fear if you do not fully comprehend how to do this after 1 read, just follow the instructions step by step or ask me for help if you need more input.
Above is the ONLY way that external summing FULLY works, without giving up full ITB comfort.