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Cubase Audio Mixdown Trouble

Hi, how do you audio mixdown from Cubase without losing all of the Eq settings you've used? or is there another way to get a MP3, WAV etc. out of Cubase ?
I Use Cubase SX 3 and Alesis Multimix 8usb

Thanks for any help at all !


dabmeister music Wed, 01/17/2007 - 08:34
I've been there, done that too hue & I agree with you 100%. That's why I master from outside of the box, but keep the audio stream all digital. As a matter of fact, I can make my sony cdr/w33 act as a sound card just by hitting the record button without a cdr being loaded in its tray. But to make it act like that, it has to have an incoming digital signal, then the display states it's going through the "DA" converters. In the main mixer section of cubase/nuendo, you have to activate and bus all of the audio tracks to the digital out bus. That's the only way this will work. I found this out by experimenting one day and have never mastered any other way since. I do the same thing with my other mastering programs, ie: sound forge 8.0, wavelab & etc. Once the cd is burnt, the mastered wave file is converted to whatever format I choose (using other converting programs of course).

dementedchord Sat, 01/06/2007 - 23:10
from the C$ manual sx3 should be essentially the same....

The Export Audio Mixdown function in Cubase allows you
to mix down audio from the program to a file on your hard
disk, in a number of formats. You can choose to mix down
one of the following:
• An output bus.
For example, if you have set up a stereo mix with tracks routed to a stereo
output bus, mixing down that output bus would give you a mixdown file
containing the whole mix. Similarly, you can mix down a complete surround
bus, either to a single multi-channel file or to one file per surround
channel (activate the split channels option).
• The channel for an audio track (Cubase only).
This will mix down the channel for the track, complete with insert effects,
EQ, etc. This can be useful for turning a number of events into a single
file, or if you are using CPU-intensive insert effects – by exporting the
track and re-importing it into the project you can turn off the insert effect,
saving processor power.
• Any kind of audio channel in the mixer (Cubase only).
This includes VST Instrument channels, effect return channels (FX Channel
tracks), Group channels and ReWire channels. There are many uses
for this – for example, you can mix down an effect return track or turn individual
ReWire channels into audio files.
• The Export Audio Mixdown function mixes down the
area between the left and right locator.
• When you mix down, you get what you hear – mutes,
mixer settings and insert effects are taken into account.
Note though that you will only include the sound of the bus or channel
you select for mixdown.
• MIDI tracks are not included in the mixdown!
To make a complete mixdown containing both MIDI and audio, you first
need to record all your MIDI music to audio tracks (by connecting the
outputs of your MIDI instruments to your audio inputs and recording, as
with any other sound source).
• With Cubase, you can also export selected tracks – this
is a different function that doesn’t create an audio mixdown.
Rather, this is a way to transfer complete tracks (including clips and
events) from one project to another. See “Importing audio” on page 400.
Mixing down to an audio file
1. Set up the left and right locator to encompass the area
that you want to mix down.
2. Set up your tracks, so that they play back the way you
This includes muting unwanted tracks or parts, making manual mixer settings
and/or activating the R (Read) automation buttons for some or all
mixer channels.
3. Pull down the File menu and select “Audio Mixdown…”
from the Export submenu.
The Export Audio Mixdown dialog appears.
The available settings and options differ depending on the
selected file format (see “The available file formats” on
page 361).
4. Enter a name for the mixdown file in the File name field
and specify a path where you want the mixdown to be
saved. Alternatively, you can activate the option “Use
Project Audio Folder”.
This saves the mixdown file in the Project Audio folder.
Export Audio Mixdown
5. Select the bus or channel you want to mix down with
the Outputs pop-up menu.
This lists all output buses and channels in the active project.
6. Activate the Split Channels option, if you want to export
all channels as mono files.
7. Select a file format with the File Format pop-up menu.
8. Make additional settings for the file to be created.
This includes selecting sample rate, bit depth, etc. The available options
depend on the selected file format – see “The available file formats” on
page 361.
9. If you want to automatically import the resulting audio
file back into Cubase, activate the checkboxes in the “Import
to” section.
If you activate the “Pool” checkbox, a clip referring to the file will appear
in the Pool. Activating the “Audio Track” checkbox as well will create an
audio event that plays the clip, and place it on a new audio track, starting
at the left locator.
The Import options are only available if you have selected
an uncompressed file format.
10. If you activate Real-Time Export, the export will happen
in real time, i.e. the process will take the same time as regular
Some VST plug-ins require this to have time to update correctly during
the mixdown – consult the plug-in manufacturers if uncertain.
• Cubase: When Real-Time Export is activated, the exported
audio will be played back via the Control Room.
The fader below the Real-Time Export checkbox allows you to adjust the
Control Room volume. Note that if the Control Room is deactivated, the
Audition Volume slider will not be available
11. If you activate Update Display, the meters will be updated
during the export process.
This allows you to check for clipping, for example.
12. Click Export.
A dialog with a progress bar is displayed while the audio
file is created. If you change your mind during the file creation,
you can click the Abort button to abort the operation.
• If the option “Close dialog after export” is activated, the
dialog will be closed, otherwise it will be left open.
• If you have activated any of the “Import to” options, the
file will be imported back into the project.
When playing back the re-imported file in Cubase, remember to mute the
original tracks so that you really hear the correct file.
About the Import options dialog
When you activate any of the options in the Import section,
the Import Options dialog will open. For a detailed
description of the options in this dialog see “Import Medium...”
on page 233.
The available file formats
The following pages describe the different export file formats,
and their options and settings.
• AIFF files (see “AIFF files” on page 361).
• AIFC files (see “AIFC files” on page 362).
• Wave files (see “Wave files” on page 362).
• Wave 64 files (Cubase only, see “Wave64 files (Cubase
only)” on page 363).
• Broadcast Wave files (see “Broadcast Wave files” on page
• MP3 files (Cubase only, see “MPEG Layer 3 files (Cubase
only)” on page 363).
• Ogg Vorbis files (see “Ogg Vorbis files” on page 364).
• Windows Media Audio Pro files (Windows and Cubase only,
see “Windows Media Audio Pro files (Windows and Cubase
only)” on page 364).

Pro Audio Guest Sun, 01/07/2007 - 11:11
im sorry ! i have other things to do than read a 300+page manual.. like school... and yep, i dont know anything, so i came here hoping to learn some stuff from people who have more knoledge and experience. and i have been helped. alot ! and thankyou demetedchord for puting that information there for me. and thanks hueseph for your infomation.

hueseph Sun, 01/07/2007 - 12:37
dementedchord: Yeah. I was overreacting. I admit it and I appologize.

guitar10: You don't have to read the whole manual at once. Being in school you should know that most books have an index. In the index you can look for keywords like Exporting or Mixdown. Low and behold there you will find the page number if not a link if you are using the PDF to the info that you need. It's not rocket science. And, yes I do find it difficult to believe that you are using a legal version. I'm a skeptic. Either way I think you are getting the info that you need. If it's legit then registering at is something you need to do. That is where the best cubase specific info will be found. Also a place where you will find that many may be having similar issues and likely have had them resolved.

Yes this is a recording forum and yes, someone may have an answer for you but why not go to the source for the information that they have the goods on? Support teams are useless only when you chose not to use them(or in some cases where they simply don't have the answer but that's another story.) My experience with Steinberg support has been very good at times and awful other times. I figure, I paid for the support, I'm going to make them work for it. That's why they're there.

hueseph Sun, 01/07/2007 - 19:06
I would guess that at least 80% of the software in use out there is cracked. Especially where music is involved. At another cubase forum that I frequent, not to mention, these sites are rife with people who would openly admit that they use warez. They even claim it as a right and want to justify it because of the "exhorbitant" software prices. Well that's a load.

These people want answers to their questions about software that is well over their heads when they could go out and buy a decent sound card. One designed for audio recording and get a lite version of whatever software for free. If that isn't good enough there are lower end version of these software for little more than $100.00. If you can afford a computer and the high speed connection to download warez. You can certainly afford to save a buck for legal software. Manual and tech support included!

Why do I suspect that yours is illegal? Because of all things you had to ask about one of the most basic functions in Cubase. Something that would be covered in the Quick Start Guide. Which if you had it you would realize is not 300+ pages. Not 300+ english pages anyway. Stuff like that is a bedtime story compared to the real manual.

Also I have to question the legality because, here you are a student.(High school or ?)And, yet your spending your money on recording software. Or did your parents go and blow $400-500 on discounted software for your Xmas present? I don't know too many people that get that kind of money blown on them for gifts.

Regardless. Maybe you did get it as a gift. If that's the case, then it doesn't surprise me that you want this info spoon fed to you. Some things in life require effort. Better learn that lesson now cause once you get out of school, it'll be the harsh reality you'll have to face.

The basics are covered in the manual. There's some of the more detailed stuff that can seem a little more esoteric and approaches to different ends can vary in solutions. For the most part though, there's nothing that can't be learned from using the index of the manual.

So, have you finally registered at That would indeed shut me up, because you need a legal version to register.

I hope you didn't get your software from one of these online stores that have been spamming me. I'm hoping the SIIA will shut them down.