I'm not sure why anyone would want to work in this out-of-the-box colour scheme especially in the Key Editor, which has become ridiculously dark and obscure , and although you can fiddle around with the colour scheme in the Appearance Preferences, I still couldn't quite get back to the chromatic choices I liked in Cubase 6. Thankfully, though, the Steinberg Hub can be disabled in General Preferences so that Cubase reverts to the older Project Assistant window. If you don't want to work full-screen, you still have the option of opening three independent mixer windows. As you drag the insert around, the slots light up to show where the insert will end up when you release the mouse. Secondly, a new Chord Track enables musicians to explore harmonic progressions in different ways. Maybe the ability for an entire channel strip to inherit a track's colour would help with this? One nice thing about these lists is that they're organised hierarchically with respect to the folder organisation on the Project window; collapsing and expanding folders from this list collapses or expands them on the Project window, though it has no effect on the actual channels in the mixer, which could be annoying. If you use Cubase's Control Room feature, Studio sends are now known as Cue sends, and can be accessed from the MixConsole using their own Cue Sends rack.Next
The icing on the cake here would be if there was a key command to open this pop-up. This sounds like an aesthetic criticism, but this design choice really doesn't make it easy to see the name of the plug-in assigned to a given insert, especially when there's a profusion of inserts spread over a large display. There's also a Mute button if you'd rather not hear the Chord track, and this works independently of an audition mode that plays Chord events as they are selected or edited. The Chord Editor includes an Assistant tab that will attempt to suggest possibilities for the next chord in your progression. So what better way for Steinberg to celebrate a decade of the modern Cubase era than to release a major new version? The only thing that really lets MixConsole down is its appearance; and while I admit that this is perhaps an issue of personal taste, I just couldn't escape the fact that, put simply, it's ugly — and ugly in way that actually makes the mixer harder to use, since you often have to look twice or more closely to see what's going on. You can click and drag a channel's label, but this turns out to be a way to copy that channel's volume and pan settings to another channel.Next
It would be far easier to see what was going on if the level of a pre-fader send was simply a different colour. The Channel Selector section appears on the left side of the window and offers controls for Visibility and Zones. And although sends can be set to pre-fade by right-clicking and selecting Move to Pre-Fader , this is indicated visually by nothing more than a small grey triangle in the bottom left of the slot. Installing Cubase 7 is relatively easy, and, as with previous major releases, it's possible to install Cubase 7 without disrupting an earlier 6. The Channel Racks section, as its name suggests, comprises a number of different 'racks', each handling a different category of mixing controls.Next
In terms of functionality, MixConsole is a dramatic improvement over the previous Cubase Mixer window, and Steinberg have addressed many long-term annoyances with some clever solutions. Should Steinberg's achromatic factory images not be to your liking, it's possible to import your own user images, with most common image formats supported. To add an image, double-click the picture area on the appropriate channel or track and a browser will appear. The new MixConsole window in all its glory or should that be gory? Actually, it would be kind of neat if Steinberg also incorporated this into the Project window much as you can see in the screenshots of Steinberg's Nuendo Live , allowing you to scroll horizontally using the Overview Line and vertically using the Channel Overview. Once you create or open a Project, you'll notice that Cubase is, at least by default, a little darker and a little greyer, and you'll have to remember that you're not actually wearing blue-tinted glasses.Next
Maybe Steinberg's developers could just have moved the controls to the pop-up graph window or something, since while their absence is felt there, it would be welcomed on the actual rack. Can't seem to find my cubase software, probably at parents but they are away for 3 months , but I still have my Cubase key to activate the licence. This is a welcome enhancement over the previous menu-and-submenu approach, and a search field is also provided, so you can find and select a plug-in just like you would now find and select a track on the Project window, which is kind of neat. I assumed this would also change the background colour for the slots in the corresponding rack, but, sadly, it doesn't. The transport icons that have graced the program since version 2 have been replaced by Nuendo's more conventionally styled alternatives, and the Track Control buttons now have a firmer outline with white highlights, making them stand out a little. The top one seems to only give options to install updates and extras, or am I missing something? MixConsole replaces the old Mix window with a highly configurable interface that comprises a number of different sections, each of which can be hidden or shown alongside the core fader section, depending on the mixing controls you want to have visible. Again, this curve can be edited by simply clicking on it and adjusting the points in the pop-up.
The colour-coded list represents the different complexity levels of the suggestions. The MixConsole window also includes a Notepad section, which mirrors the Notepad available in the Project window's Inspector; and, illustrating another new feature in Cubase 7, there's a Picture section. The Chord Assistant offers a list of chords that Cubase determines might be appropriate based on the previous chord, using one of two modes of suggestion: Cadence and Common Notes. However, I did like the tubular bells icon, which imitates the shape used on the cover of Mike Oldfield's album. I also can't pull the software out of my old laptop as it broke. It's a simple thing, but it makes it far easier to see what's going on when attempting this manoeuvre, compared to Cubase 6. The insert and send slots have been completely redesigned, and this new look has also been incorporated in the relevant Inspector sections in the Project and the Channel Settings windows see 'Changing The Channel' box.Next
However, I can't help feeling that the interface, once again, diminishes what Steinberg were trying to achieve. In addition to being able to define a chord from a generic catalogue, the Chord Editor offers a Chord Assistant page, which is where things start to become quite interesting. What's perhaps not so neat, however, is the display of these slots. Considering the inserts first, the name of the plug-in appears in faint white text over a not-that-dark-blue gradient. I guess my question is, if I managed to get hold of cubase 7 again, can I just install it, pop in the key, and start? The only thing you can't do is add your own chords, and, even though Steinberg's list is extensive, it might have been nice to be able to do this. For one thing, if the controls are too small you can't actually see the value of a control or even what it controls, unless you hover the mouse over it. When you right-click in MixConsole a pop-up menu appears, and addition to offering the familiar Always on Top option that keeps the window visible even when it isn't the active window, you can also choose Full Screen so that MixConsole takes over the whole display.Next
This is all very helpful, except that I wonder why Steinberg felt that the Hub needs to be full-screen. Sorry to be a pain, I actually feel as though I'm getting close now haha. Messiaen would doubtless have been grateful that Steinberg included un oiseau. By default, the Chord track has an Automatic Voicings mode enabled, and you can choose between three options to affect how chords are voiced: Piano, Basic and Guitar. If you want to have C-minor with the added 11th played over an E-natural, that's not a problem. Simply click the magnifying glass icon at the top of the Track List, and a pop-up is displayed that shows all the tracks in your project.
Returning to the Channel Racks, the channel gain and polarity controls have been moved to a Pre rack, which also contains handy high- and low-cut filters, and a Routing rack is where you'll now find the input and output settings for each Channel. A filled, light-blue circle indicates whether a rack's controls are active on a given channel, and can be clicked to bypass that rack. Since it paints a grey gradient over every display attached to your system, opening the Hub which happens every time you create a new Project on a multi-display system can become quite a jarring experience. Whereas the previous mixer window was basically divided into three parts — for inputs, channels and outputs — the new MixConsole offers the flexibility of customisable static zones that appear on either side of the mixer. The fader section itself has been redesigned, and the mute, solo, listen and edit controls are now above the fader, while the automation and record and monitor controls are below. This is actually quite a neat feature, and it can really speed up the editing process once you become accustomed to using it. Sadly, this visual cue isn't employed in the Inspector Insert section on the Project window, which seems a little inconsistent, since you will see it when moving inserts in the Channel Settings window.Next
This is handy, and I could imagine some people wanting to add an extra display to their system for this reason alone. . However, Steinberg have added a nice touch in Cubase 7 and made it possible to link multiple MixConsole windows, which means that you can have one window displaying channels 1-24, for example, and another displaying channels 25-48. This might seem a little distracting at first, but is actually incredibly useful, given the density of controls. Once you click on it, it gives you update options but no option to install cubase 7. Cadence mode, which is the default, tries to pick something harmonically useful, where Common Notes simply suggests the next chord based on the number of notes it has in common with the previous chord. One visual cue that is good, however, is that when you click and hold an insert slot, the available destinations to which the insert can be dragged become highlighted in green.Next