Video about why Cubase input monitoring is surprising relative to other DAWs

I’ve described this behavior, and have seen quite a few folks with the same trouble, but have encountered a lot of disbelief and dismissive comments. I wanted to at least demonstrate what I’m talking about as clearly as possible, and show through example why I expect things to work differently.


Why don’t you want monitoring to be on?

Because the latency introduced by monitoring through the DAW makes it very hard to play drums or sing.

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Ah, I don’t record in Nuendo so for some reason that wasn’t obvious to me.

You can add the input track “Stereo In” to the project window. Then you can see the input meters with the Mix Console closed.

But when I’m recording drums I have 8 inputs.

For adding the input track to the project window, open the mixconsole and click Read and Write buttons of the “Stereo In” track. Close the mix console and you will see the input track in the project

Same workaround for output tracks

Recording 8 inputs, I think is more efficient to open mixconsole
You will see better 8 meters in mix console than in the project window

Or, Steinberg could fix their input monitoring on MacOS…

Don’t forget to vote for your feature-request as soon as your account is promoted to the next level. Just hang out here a bit, reading.

My blue button reads “Limit” but yours should read “Vote”.

I found the FR very constructive and well laid-out. Wouldn’t mind if it finds its way into Cubase in a good way.

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Thank you.

Small optimization tipps in case you actually want to use the mix console’s input channels for now:
Switch off the left and right zones to gain screen estate.
Make channels smaller (and thus more of them visible) with G. The H key will widen the channels again. You can get 37 channels visible in the lower zone with a HD resolution (1920*1080).


I can see your problem. However: I never use the small meters for checking my input level, just for a small systems check if the signal is actually arriving at the channel. The size is just not adequate for serious level supervision.
I am under the impression, that Cubase shows channel output on these meters. If you activate monitor, then the input is directed to the output, hence the display showing your input signal.

I was wandering: how do the other DAWs behave when you use punch in and punch out points? Do the meters switch from showing channel levels to input levels and back? Or do they keep showing your input level? How confusing… I much prefer using the dedicated input channels for level monitoring. These stay the same and in focus no matter where I route their signals to.

Interesting, this is something i’ve always noticed too. But never been a problem as i’m on a larger screen so have the mixer channels open. Sometimes i’ll put an analyser on the input channels and float those windows - particularly if i’m mic’ing up an amp and see where the frequencies change based on position.

Isn’t there different options in Cubase though? Like tape style etc. I’m sure these affect the monitoring when record enabled? But maybe i’m confusing it with something else.

The G and H controls are excellent; thank you.

Had no idea you could do this on the mixer

You can hold Shift+G & H to increase the vertical height of the channel strips, and insert slot components too, to get the text size more suitable.

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But it’s not broken.