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Solo Safe/Defeat

There’s an unsung feature in most DAWs that allows you to prevent a channel being muted when you solo another.  At first, you might wonder why on earth you would want to do such a thing, but consider this.  Imagine that you’re mixing a track and one of its effects sends is routed to a reverb.  When you solo the track, what you hear is the dry signal – your reverb has been muted along with everything else.  You would then have to locate and unmute the effects channel in order to hear the track and reverb together.  In this video, I look at how you can use Solo Defeat or Solo Safe, (as it’s called in Cubase and ProTools respectively), to ensure that you can always hear it.

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Video Tutorial: Stereo Panning Options

It’s easy to visualise how the panning of a point source, such as a snare drum, works in stereo , but what happens when your sound source itself is in stereo? Yes, you can pan the centre point of the image left to right, but you might want to have control of the width of that sound, for have that stereo source behaving more like a point source in the context of your mix. Within Cubase, there is an option that allows you to narrow the stereo field and pan it exactly where you want and how wide you want in your mix. And, should the need arise, to completely reverse the stereo image, putting the original left channel on the right and vice-versa.

 

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Video Tutorial – Cubase Mix Console Racks – The Pre Rack

Having had a good look at the Sends & Inserts functions in Cubase in previous videos, this is the first of a 3 part video series looking at some of the other functions that can be accessed through the Mix Console racks.  This video looks at how to show or hide the racks in the Mix Console window and takes an in-depth look at the Pre Rack, one of the hidden treasures of Cubase 7.