Loading and Saving VST Mixer Channel Settings
Loading and saving VST Mixer Settings is a great feature that many people don't know about or use as much as they could. It is a great way to save time whenever you are about to mix a new song or are already working on a current song and is available in Cubase VST and Cubase SX. You can also use copy and paste channel settings from one channel to another. This can really save you time as well as ensure that the tracks you want to sound the same will have exactly the same settings.
Using Copy and Paste
Let's say that you are working on a song and you already have one vocal track that is EQ'd, has some FX sends settings and an insert effect on it. Now, if you want to add another vocal track to add a harmony for example and you want to apply the exact same channel settings of the main vocal track applied onto to the harmony track, you can use copy and paste. It would be much faster and more accurate to use copy and paste instead of trying to make the settings the same by clicking on the EQ and FX sends of the harmony track to match the same settings as the main vocal track. In Cubase VST, click on the channel number in the VST mixer and the number will be highlighted. In Cubase SX, simply click on the channel name in the mixer to highlight it. Now you can use "ctrl+C" to copy the settings, then you select the destination track, or in this case the harmony track, then hit "ctrl+V" for paste. You could also go up to the "edit" menu and choose copy and paste from there instead. So, now, all the settings from the first track will be applied to the second track including the EQ, FX sends and plug-in insert settings.
Using Save and Load Channel Settings
You can also save individual or multiple channel settings to disk as a preset, so that you can load them up into another song and use them there, instead of having to do it all over again each time for every channel. Let's say that you had a song where you really liked an EQ and FX setting for a Kick drum. You select the channel as before, but instead of copy and paste, in Cubase VST, you can click on the "File" box on the lower left hand side of the VST mixer and choose "save channel settings". In Cubase SX you can select the channel and right mouse click on the mixer and you will see a menu for "save channel settings". Try this and save it as "Kick Drum EQ and FX" onto your hard drive. Now if you open another song, you can load that preset into any track. To do this in Cubase VST, select the kick drum track of where you want the settings to be applied to and click on the "File" box on the lower left hand side of the VST mixer and choose "load channel settings". In Cubase SX you can select the channel and right mouse click on the mixer and you will see a menu for "load channel settings". All the settings in that mixer channel preset that you saved are now loaded into that track.
You can use shift+click to select multiple channels and choose "save selected channels" to disk to save them all at once. An example of this is if you had 4 or 5 tracks of drums in a row for Kick, Snare, Hihat, Crash, etc· Now, if you save the setting as "Drum Kit" you can load the multiple channel settings into another song where you have the drums spread out in the same order with only a few clicks.
This can be taken one step further with "save all mixer settings". When you save all mixer settings, you can then load everything back into another song which will include all EQ, FX sends, inserts and master FX. This is really useful if you are working on many songs for a whole album's worth of material and you want the songs to sound consistant.
This is a really great feature, because you can keep saving many EQ and FX settings as presets and build up a library of presets for yourself that you can load into any track of any song that you are working on.
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