Is there anyway I can long distance collaboratively write with Cubase files?
My friends writes music but can’t produce/engineer anything - he works on Midi notation, structure, Audio inputted themes ideas etc… but then gets stuck beyond this. So I offered to help out.
We both have Cubase 6 Studio/Full/Biggest/Most Expensive/Whatever you call it edition, but cant find any easy way for him to digitally send (largefilesasap.com or sizeablesend.com) me an exact copy of what hes been working on. I know its slow cos of audio file sizes… but here are the options Im looking into
1). OMF - Pros: keeps things sync’d up. Cons: Doesnt export Midi data (also need to sort file formats as I use a Yamaha N12 desk and he doesnt - should be rectifiable provided he exports OMFs at 16 bit, not 24 or 32-bit float [whatever that is] right?)
2). .zip up the project folder - Pros: should contain all the files and retain structure. Cons: Potentially MASSIVE audio folder (too big to email +2gb!), missing bits of audio (if theyre saved outside the project folder, for whatever reason)
3). Cubase design and integrate a new export option feature - Having worked in Print design a few years ago Quark Xpress always seemed to battle with a very similar issue, long before internet: how to pull together all your documents files for print? Its been a while now, but I believe they employed a ‘Consolidate all Files’ type feature. This allowed you to export for Print (or email in this case), and then see what, if any, images may be missing from your document (project)… it then offered to manually locate/search for any potentially missing files. You could even tick off the files you didnt require but referenced somewhere within the document (audio pool).
Anyway, its just an idea that would help me, and hopefully other users (such as those moving between studio venues/sessions) work more efficiently in the future.