Yep, had to find out that Cubase is better than I knew… Below is my post that I wrote earlier, but yep, you have to use the DRAW TOOL with the Automation Panel Don’t even have to have to TRIM enabled. Some very nice features the combining the To Punch/Start/End and Loop options. Got all my problems solved now just by trying and learning. So if you have same kind of problems that I had, don’t hesitate to reply here.
I have been scratching my head for hundred times with this issue, but haven’t found the answer. below is the post that I mailed to the Tech Support but they haven’t answered me earlier so I’ll also post it here. Can you help?
First off, I have been very satisfied with Cubase 5 and almost everyday I learn something new about this very diverse software.
However, I was wondering about THREE things concerning the volume (or pan or whatever) automation editing:
1. Is it anyhow possible to change the volume automation curve statically (not by playing and ‘recording’ the automation, but when the playback is paused) so that if there exists automation points ahead, then the time position where you would like to make a, say, volume level change, so that the volume would stay at constant value from that point on, until the next automation change? I mean as long as I know, it always makes a RAMP with the volume linearly changing to the value of the next automation point and I think most of the people wouldn’t like that. Well, not me, anyways
It would be great if there were a kind of a choice like with a tempo track to either use JUMP or RAMP feature but I haven’t found that. And I find it very displeasing to manually always make extra automation points ahead the timeline if and (most often) when I want to maintain the volume level.
2. Is it possible to “record” automation statically (when playback is INactive)? I mean like if I put the “cursor” (I mean that vertical time position line) to a certain position that I would like to make an immediate volume automation change on (5dB down, for example) then how can I use the volume slider to kind of “record” that change to that certain point in time only (in a particular track, or even multiple tracks)? It’s not always so nice idea to do it by mouse since the mouse tends to be moving easily vertically and horizontally and even if the change isn’t so huge, I still would like it to be EXACTLY in a certain position and growing and lowering the volume EXACTLY as much as I like, by using SHIFT+left mouse button to do it more precisely. Is that possible? I have tried putting WRITE MODE on and changing volume, but it won’t change. And yeah, also the SHIFT+left mouse button manuver doesn’t seem to apply when changing the automation points’ values by mouse. Of course one could enter the correct value in the info line but it’s not always the most preferable way…
3. How can one edit MULTIPLE volume automation points on MULTIPLE tracks simultaneously, like for example, lowering the volume value by 5dB on all points at the same time? I guess that using TRIM only affects certain selected area, but what if the automation points are very dispersed in the timeline and not vertically “in line” at all on different tracks? I tried by selecting multiple volume automation points on two tracks and then snapped one of the points with the left mouse button and tried to move it with SHIRT, CTRL and ALT and all the combinations but it wouldn’t work - the other automation points stayed intact. Any ideas?
Just an additional note that volume JUMP feature is very suitable like if you have a part on some track(s) that are on a lower volume for, say, 10 seconds, then you wouldn’t have to choose the two edit points first and do it that way. And that kind of volume editing principle also exists in MIDI editing (+ tempo track) so it would be great to have that choice on the other automation editing environments also.
I hope you understood what I tried to say and that you can answer.
Yours, Tommi Tiihonen