Cubase’s Channel Strip

Hi again!

As my assignment for week 3 of IMPMOOC at Coursera I will give you a very quick overview of the Cubase channel strip. In this respect channel strip actually means one channel of the mixer, as Cubase offers an additional channel strip, containing “stripped” down plugins that can be directly used within the mixer as we will see in a moment.

Here is a screenshot of the mixer in a very simple project containing of only one audio-, group and fx-track as well as the master channel.

Cubase8 13.05.2015 , 20:50:21 MixConsole 2 - week2

When isolating the audio channel and having a look at the elements from top to bottom, we see a meter-bridge at the top and panels for routing, insert effects, channel-eq, strip and sends in the middle. At the bottom there is a panner, switches to mute and solo the channel, activate listen mode and open the channel settings, a fader with integrated meter bridge, further switches to activate read– and write-mode for automation as well as a monitor-switch and one to enable recording on that specific channel. Furthermore, there is a symbol that shows if the channel is mono or stereo and finally channel number and name.

Cubase8 13.05.2015 , 20:50:21 MixConsole 2 - week2The signal flow in the depicted case is:

Input from Mono In 1 –> Inserts –> Channel EQ –> Strip –> Sends (in the present case the signal is sent to an fx-track that contains a reverb plugin) –> channel fader –> panner –> Output to Group 1.

Moreover, the purpose of the different elements is the following:

(1) Meter Bridge: show’s the output level of the channel

(2) Routing: Defines input and output channels. The buses are automatically set, so you don’t need to worry about those.

(3) Inserts: The rack for all your insert effects. Inserts 1-6 are pre-channel eq and thus pre-strip & -fader while inserts 7 & 8 are post-fader.

(4) EQ: A 4-band channel eq with an additional pre-section for low- and high-cut as well as a gain (trim) knob and a phase flip button.

(5) Strip: A section where you can use some stripped-down plugins without actually inserting them into the insert slots. These include gate, compressor, envelope shaper, de-esser, tape- and tube saturation as well as a limiter. The relative order of all those effects can be shifted as you like.

(6) Sends: The place to insert all send effects, typically delay-based effects. This part is also used to send sidechain signals to plugins.

(7) Panner: Adjusts the relative level of left- and right-signal. For stereo channels there is also the stereo combined panner that connect’s the left- and right-panner for stereo channel and let’s you shift the whole stereo source.

(8) Mute: Mutes the channel.

(9) Solo: Mutes all other channels.

(10) Listen Mode:

(11) Channel settings: Opens an additional window that offers an alternative view on all the channel settings.

(12) Fader: Controls the volume of the track.

(13) Automation-Read: Reads and performs recorded automation data.

(14) Automation-Write: Records new automation data.

(15) Monitor-switch: Activates direct monitoring.

(16) Record enable: Enables recording for that track, so that audio is recorded on that track once the global record button has been hit.

There are actually a few more racks that can be enabled if required, such as the cue-sends to provide different headphone mixes via the cubase control room feature and a direct routing rack.

That’s it for the moment. I hope I was able to give you an overview on the channel strip in Cubase.
Thank you very much for reading my blog and participating in any discussion.

All the best,
Markus

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