How to Setup Cubase 5.xOVERVEIW (see below for more details)
1. select "ADSP24 ASIO" driver
2. Enable Inputs
3. Enable multirecord
4. Go to "audio" "master" and make sure that at the bottom of the fader the output you wish to use is selceted.
5. Check External links program
6. Set buffer ratio to 80% (the latest drivers do not have this anymore, please ignore this step)
7. Hold down "CONTROL" and select the input on each track
8. Record "Enable" each track
9. Press record
10. Have fun.
Long Winded Setup
Under winXP and win2000 this step is VERY IMPORTANT. go START>PROGRAMS>STEINBERG>setup mme , then disable the "Microsoft software synth" from loading with cubase. Alternatively you can leave the synth enabled and set the windows perferred playback device to the INT drivers. With the newer multiclient drivers you have another option to setup one output pair as MME. If you dont do this step then you will experience problems when selecting the ASIO driver.
To setup the Drivers in Cubase 3.7 go to "audio" / "system" ...this will differ depending on your version of cubase, you are looking for this window that looks like this....For cubase 5 go to "options" "audio setup" "system" a screen similar to the following will open.
In this window you can set which type of driver you use. I recomend the "ASIO ADSP24" since this will give you the best performance both stability and latency. Under this setting is the ASIO CONTROL PANEL if this doesn't open up or is unreliable then you need to read my updating drivers page. The disk block buffer size should be the amount of free RAM that you have. The number of channels will default to 8 or 16 because the computer needs to researve resourced for these tracks even if not in use..Dont set this to 50+ tracks unless you can and do use them. The monitoring section here is where you decide if you monitor the input or the waveout, This is separate to External links and does a similiar job. Tape type will give you low latency but you wont be able to record and monitor with an effect in real time..You'll soon see what I mean. Setting up the monitoring section is dependant on your setup and how u like to work. There are other settings to allow for delays with your midi and directx / vst effects. These help your tracks stay in sync with each other and your midi. These are different for evey setup. Leave it similar to the above picture until you have it working then try to tweak the settings.
The waveout driver "MME/ASIO buffer" gives the CPU time to process the audio thats why you get a delay known as latency. Set this too low and u get pops and clicks. 1024 is what I would call a safe setting, If u need to raise it up here you could need to defrag your HDD or optimise about 100 different settings, will be writting a page on this. I wont get into multitrack wave drivers in this tutorial.
After clicking appply and ok on the above pages then goto "Audio" "Inputs" In cubase 5 this is found under "panels" "vstinputs"
This activates the ASIO drivers allowing you to record more than 2 in at one time..Only activate what you need since once again selecting them means resources are allocated if if they are not in use. The number in brackets refers to which DSP24 card the input belongs to, since you can put up to 4 cards in the one computer.
TIP On the right hand side you can edit the name so that cubase displays any name you wish for each input..I have named then "CPORT IN1" "CPORT IN2" ect..
Thanks to sound and music for this next part since they saved me from writing it
multi record to active.