Rhenn wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:20 pm
Another long-time former Sonar/CW user here. Made the switch to Cubase (10.5+) about a year ago. Have invested more time than I want to think about learning Cubase. I feel your pain, as I had great difficulty at first in doing basic navigation and editing. Many functions in Cubase are best accessed by key command, and it soon became unmanageable for me to memorize them all. The solution for me was to implement a 3rd party touchscreen solution (Metagrid/iPad) to trigger the numerous key commands, functions, macros and logical editor presets I use on a daily basis. Couldn’t live without it.
I guess my point is this - if you’re hoping for an easy/fast transition, you’ll likely be disappointed. Based on my experience, a fairly steep learning curve awaits you. Only you can decide if it’s worth it. For me, it was. If you run into a real mystery, bounce back here, and I’ll try to help.
I keep hitting weird roadblocks, the most recent being:
* Can't monitor the incoming track signal prior to recording unless the track is set to "monitor" (for a quick level check)
* I'm forced to mess with the "MixConsole" to see all track plugins at a glance
* All MIDI data isn't recorded unless I make sure automation WRITE is enabled, even if the track is set to record
* (Here's this evenings kicker..) I mess up a take, want to rewind a little and pick up where I left off.. AND I CAN'T HEAR MY PRIOR TAKE!!
* Oh yeah... this BBS software is about as ancient as the core Cubase codebase.
* Oh yeah.. and the BUSSING.. oh dear god.. the bussing. I got spoiled by the flexibility offered by SONAR. (I really wish I could keep all the real tracks separate from the busses like it's done in SONAR...)
Nonetheless.. I did want to share a little progress with the navigation/zoom problem.
1. I found a macro that was included!.. that is "Zoom to project". I was able to map it to "Control-Shift-F". Woo!
2. I found a random video that explained that the "Zoom to selection" (Alt-S) can be "undone" by using the zoom tool ("6") and double-clicking in empty space. Kinda klunky, but it works! (I still think "Alt-Z" would be nice, as they seem to internally keep track of zoom history) (Update: Thanks to another thread, it turns out there is an "Undo Zoom"! It's even in the manual!! Looks like the Alt-Z is mapped to some undo MixConsole stuff, so I removed the shortcut for "color" and made "Alt-Shift-S" the shortcut for undo zoom. it works. )
3. Another way to undo the "Zoom to selection" I found by accident. After zooming in to a selection, do a "select all" (Control-A), followed by a Zoom to selection (Alt-S).. That seems to zoom back out to the prior view with everything in it's proportions. (Then follow with a "Shift-Control-A" to deselect all, as everything will still be selected)
I think the real issue with Cubase is similar to the old Cakewalk/Sonar.. the codebase is almost 20 years old and making big usability changes are super difficult, plus it would confuse the "old timers".
Now.. if only this silly phpBB software would actually shoot me an email when someone replies... Geesh.. (I'm a developer, so little things like this really bug me.. especially for one of the most expensive pieces of software that I've ever purchased!) (Steinberg: GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER! GREAT ARTISTS STEAL! TAKE SOME CLUES FROM SONAR!!)
Thanks again for the moral support. I feel a little emotionally cheated by this purchase. I only invested in Cubase since some of the big names are using it for serious work, and it seems to actually have some slick MIDI editing stuff. Other than that, I'm really not blown away like I was hoping.