5 Helpful Cubase Productivity Tips

To help you focus on the music and creative side of Cubase, Hollin Jones has come up with five excellent and useful tips to boost your productivity in Steinberg's popular DAW.  

Tip 1 - Hubs are Good

The Steinberg Hub that appears when you load Cubase can be switched on and off in the Preferences but it does more than just show you news and software updates. In the area at the bottom right of the window you can tell Cubase to always prompt you for a new project save location when starting a project, which is handy if you like to store different projects on different drives. Alternatively you can specify a default location and Cubase will just keep auto-naming and numbering projects for you, which is better if your memory for file management isn't so great.

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Tip 2 - Space to Work

You can end up doing a lot of juggling of windows in Cubase like any DAW. Since it doesn't yet allow the kind of docking interface that some others do you can use the Window menu to manage your workspaces more efficiently. Go to Window > Workspaces > Organize and you can save the current workspace as a preset. You can lock presets and choose which are global and which relate only to this project. Combined with key commands you can set up shortcuts to zap between workspaces instantly, or just use the Window menu to do this.

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Tip 3 - Customize Shortcuts

Key Commands are invaluable timesavers. Go to File > Key Commands to open the window and you'll see literally hundreds of commands, tools and actions that can be assigned to a shortcut. Use the search field here to filter the list'"say 'import'

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More

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