Yes, I’ve never understood why “trash your preferences” seems such a common remedy recommended in these fora. If it were just a quick button push that would be one thing, but implied with trashing your preferences is that you then have to test each one out, one at a time, to see which one is the rogue preference (talking about the preference file we have to remember to manually copy/store every time we make a new preference).
I only know Cubase - do other DAWs have a similar problem?
Because there are so many people in here, that don´t have a clue about most preferences and setttings in Cubase. And simply find it much more comfortable to delete all of their settings (or do complete reinstalls) instead of taking a few minutes searching the one setting they screwed. I don´t say this is the always the case, but many posts I´ve seen people propose a general “trashing prefs”, when there was a dedicated setting to fix the problem.
This has alrtedy been discussed many times, but the fact is that there is a Cubase weakness, here.
Not so long ago, I had a problem with Alchemy which suddenly delivered a loud sustained noise coming from nowhere and saturated my main outputs. I posted a thread about it in the Camel Audio forum and one fellow of the develoment crew quickly suggested to remove 2 files in the Cubase preferences folder. Result : problem solved !
The Cubase preferences weakness is, sadly, a well known one…
What’s seldom mentioned when squirting out the “trash preferences!” mantra is that you should back them up first!!!
Especially if you have presets and key commands saved or else they will get lost
Get to know what’s in there in the preference folder for your version of Cubase and just pick the troublemakers.
There is also at least one feature request topic somewhere about a better Preferences Tool so you can do all this dirty laundry from inside Cubase instead of having musicians digging around deep down in the C:\ partition of their computers …
Coincidentally, I had to trash preferences the first time in my 10+ year history with Cubase, just yesterday.
The Cubase 6.5.1 x64 UI was not refreshing sometimes, and when it stopped, I couldn’t get it back without restarting Cubase. During playback the scroller would just stop. Cubase was still functional, but I couldn’t see any buttons or most menu items to actually do anything. Played back just fine, was in ReWire with Reason 6, though I don’t know if that had anything to do with it.
I was completely miffed for about an hour, then decided to try trashing preferences. Had never, ever done it, but it seemed to work.